Piyush Pandey Age, Wife, Family, Biography & More

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Age: 68 Years
Wife: Nita Joshi
Hometown: Jaipur

Piyush Pandey

Profession(s)• Advertising Professional
• Author
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 9”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourSalt & Pepper
DebutAdvertisement: Sunlight Detergent print ad
Awards, Honours, Achievements • The Economic Times named him the most influential man in Indian advertising for eight consecutive years.
• The Ad Club of Mumbai voted his commercial for Fevikwik the commercial of the century and his work for Cadbury the campaign of the century in 2000.
• Voted Asia’s Creative Person of the Year at the Media Asia Award in 2002
• The only Indian to win double gold at Cannes, which he received for his Cancer Patients Association anti-smoking campaign
• Received a triple grand prize at the London International Awards
• Received India’s first Silver Pencil at The One Show Award in 2002
• Invited as a jury member at the Clio Awards in 2000
• First jury President from Asia for outdoor and press and film at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival 2004
• Invited to be a judge on the Asia Pacific Advertising Festival Awards 2007
• Honoured with a lifetime achievement award from the Advertising Agencies Association of India in 2010
• Earned Clio Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012
• Honoured with the Padma Shri Award in 2016
• He and his brother Prasoon Pandey won the Lions Lifetime Achievement Award of St. Mark at the Cannes Advertising Festival in France in June 2018.
Piyush Pandey with Prasoon Pandey after winning the Lions Lifetime Achievement Award of St. Mark in 2018
Personal Life
Date of Birth9 April 1955 (Saturday)
Age (as of 2023)68 Years
BirthplaceJaipur, Rajasthan, India
Zodiac signAries
SchoolSt. Xavier’s School, Jaipur
College/UniversitySt Stephen’s College, Univeristy of Delhi
Educational QualificationMA degree in History [1]The Economic Times
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage DateFirst Marriage- Not Known [2]The Telegraph
Second Marriage- December 2000
Wife/SpouseFirst Wife- Name Not Known
Second Wife- Nita Joshi (his former colleague at Ogilvy & Mather)
Piyush Pandey with Nita Pandey
ParentsFather- Name Not Known (worked at a cooperative bank, Rajasthan)
Mother- Bhagwati Pandey (died in December 2010)
Piyush Pandey's sister, Ila Arun, and mother
SiblingsBrother- Prasoon Pandey (younger; ad films director)
Piyush Pandey with Prasoon Pandey
Sister(s)- 7
• Rama Pandey
• Tripati Pandey
Ila Arun (elder; Indian singer and actress)
Piyush Pandey with Prasoon Pandey and Ila Arun

Piyush Pandey

Some Lesser Known Facts About Piyush Pandey

  • Piyush Pandey is an Indian advertising professional and author, who is often referred to as the ‘Adman of India.’ [3]Sanket Communications He has worked as the Chief Creative Officer Worldwide and Executive Chairman of India of Ogilvy & Mather, a British advertising and marketing agency.
  • While studying in college, he played cricket for the Rajasthan state team in the Ranji Trophy.
  • Before he ventured into advertising, he worked as a tea taster.

    A young age photo of Piyush Pandey (left) and Prasoon Pandey (right)

    A young-age photo of Piyush Pandey (left) and Prasoon Pandey (right)

  • In 1982, he started working at Ogilvy as a client-servicing executive in India. He began his advertising career by creating a Sunlight Detergent print ad, which was the first ad written by him.
  • He wrote the Indian patriotic song ‘Mile Sur Mera Tumhara’ for the 1988 National Integration campaign.
  • In 1989, he moved to the creative department, where he crafted numerous popular ad campaigns in India. Some of the popular ad campaigns created by him include the Pulse Polio ad campaign with the slogan ‘Do Boond Zindagi Ke’ with Amitabh Bachchan, Fevicol ad campaigns, Fevikwik advertisements with the slogan ‘Todo Nahin, Jodo,’ Ponds Ad (2010) with the popular slogan ‘Googly Woogly Woosh,’ Cadbury Dairy Milk ad campaigns with the slogan ‘Kuch Khaas Hai,’ Vodafone ad campaigns with Pug, ZooZoos, and Asian Paints advertisements with the slogan ‘Har Ghar Kuch Kehta Hai.’

  • In 1992, he was promoted to the position of creative director and later to national creative director.
  • By 1994, he became a board member of the company. Ogilvy India, under his leadership, consistently held the top position for 12 consecutive years in the Agency Reckoner, an independent marketing and advertising survey conducted by The Economic Times and Brand Equity.
  • Piyush Pandey and Prasoon Pandey, his brother, wrote the story for the 1999 Hindi film ‘Bhopal Express.’
  • In 2004, he was appointed as the Executive Chairman India & South Asia for Ogilvy. During his 40-year tenure at Ogilvy & Mather, the agency became the largest advertising agency in India.
  • In September 2006, Piyush Pandey was nominated to the Ogilvy Worldwide board. He also worked as a mentor to creative executives from around the world at the Berlin School of Creative Leadership.
  • In 2013, he appeared as the Cabinet Secretary of India in the Hindi political action thriller film ‘Madras Cafe.’

    Piyush Pandey in a still from the 2013 Hindi film 'Madras Cafe'

    Piyush Pandey in a still from the 2013 Hindi film ‘Madras Cafe’

  • Notably, for the 2014 BJP election campaign, he and his team created the popular slogans ‘Abki Baar Modi Sarkar’ and ‘Achchhey Din Aane Wale Hain.’

  • In 2015, he launched his first book ‘Pandeymonium: Piyush Pandey On Advertising.’
  • He gave a TEDx speech on the subject ‘How to narrate an unforgettable story’ in 2016. He gave another TEDx speech in 2018 on the subject ‘Change and constant are like body and soul.’

    Piyush Pandey during his TEDx speech in 2018

    Piyush Pandey during his TEDx speech in 2018

  • In 2019, he assumed the role of Chief Creative Officer Worldwide at Ogilvy.
  • In 2022, he published another book titled ‘Open House with Piyush Pandey.’ In this book, he shared some insights from his work, perspectives, and personal experiences. He also responded to numerous questions that people had asked him about the advertising industry over the decades.

    Poster of the 2022 book 'Open House with Piyush Pandey'

    Poster of the 2022 book ‘Open House with Piyush Pandey’

  • In September 2023, it was announced that he would be taking on a broader advisory and leadership position at Ogilvy India, initiating on 1 January 2024.
  • Piyush Pandey has a huge collection of Ganesha idols.

    Piyush Pandey with his collection of Ganesha idols

    Piyush Pandey with his collection of Ganesha idols

  • In an interview, when he was discussing his annual ritual on New Year’s Eve, he shared,

    Every 31st December from 7 to 9, I shut myself off completely and ask what I had done through the year. And that decides whether I sleep well or not. It’s an exercise to determine whether I just travelled and did this and that or some actual work.”