Deputy Managing Director
Umesh Nair is a Deputy Managing Director of Redhill. He is responsible for driving strategic communication initiatives for the firm’s key clients across sectors, leading its technology and finance practices, and heading Redhill’s operations in Malaysia.
With more than a decade of experience, Umesh’s expertise ranges from reputation management, strategic communication and stakeholder engagement to influencer marketing and brand communications. At Redhill, he leads key client relationships including Nokia, edotco Group, B Capital Group, Vertex Holdings, NTT Data, 500 Global, and Innoven Capital. He has also previously worked with notable clients like the Alibaba Group, Microsoft, BAE Systems, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), AT&T and more.
Before joining Redhill, Umesh was a Managing Partner at MSL, where he led its Malaysia operations and was responsible for integrating earned communication capabilities across the Publicis Groupe’s top 10 clients. He was also the Head of Reputation with Edelman Malaysia, where he established its reputation practice and managed its key clients across technology, corporate and public affairs. Previously, he had stints at Burson-Marsteller in India and FleishmanHillard in India and Malaysia.
Umesh’s leadership and expertise are recognised within the industry, having been named in the Top 20 Global Indians list for 2021 by Reputation Today, India’s magazine for public relations and communications professionals. He also led MSL to win gold under the PR Agency of the Year category at the Agency of the Year Awards Malaysia 2019.
Umesh completed a Postgraduate Programme (equivalent to an MBA) in Management, Marketing and a bachelor’s degree in Commerce. He is a true technology enthusiast at heart and can often be found delving into the latest gadgets, systems and games.