Young Guns: Esha Nandhra at QMS

By AdNews | 26 March 2024

In this series, AdNews spotlights young talent in the Australian media, marketing and advertising sector. This time it's QMS group sales manager Esha Nandhra.

Time in current role:

I have been in my current role as group sales manager at QMS for just over one year.

How long have you been in the industry?

Over eight years.

How did you get here? Was this always the plan?

During high school I always had my heart set on becoming a lawyer. However, that changed after completing my first year at university where I decided it wasn’t for me, quickly transferred across to Media & Communications which felt like more of a natural fit. After a few stints at various PR agencies, I jumped at an opportunity to head into media joining QMS as an account executive eight years later and I haven’t looked back!

Who is your right-hand person?

I wouldn’t pin this down to just one particular person, but my team as a whole. I am extremely fortunate to have the opportunity on a day-to-day basis to collaborate with creative & passionate professionals, who are not only great at what they do but genuinely awesome humans. Looking at you Brad, Sean and Jackson.

What is the best thing about the industry you work in?

The social aspect and creating meaningful connections with people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. This not only enriches the work that we produce but also contributes to the vibrant and dynamic world that is media.

And the biggest challenge?

The constant evolution of digital technology in OOH & navigating the new digital landscape. However, at QMS we are constantly evolving to lead the way for DOOH, so it has also opened up a lot of new exciting opportunities.

Whose job have you set your sights on in the future?

Someone like Karen Ganschow who is the managing director & head of data science at Aware Super. It is more what she has advocated for within the industry that I aspire to do the same, being a leader in pushing for diversity & inclusion within the media industry and workplace as well as her commitment to drive innovation and creativity.

Where do you turn for inspiration?

Creative outlets such as music, culture and art. I love visiting the NGV and exploring the various art collections they have on display whilst listening to some chill jazz or alternative R&B to top off the experience.

My favourite advert is:

With equality being something that I am passionate about, the Nike Equality campaign really stands out to me.

“The ball should bounce the same for everyone” campaign encouraged people to take the fairness and respect they see on the court or playing field and extend it off the field.

Tell us one thing people at work don’t know about you?

There isn’t much. I am a bit of a sharer, so they know most things about what makes me, me!

In five years’ time, I will be:

Continuing to embrace new opportunities within my work and personal life but also hopefully on a yacht somewhere sipping cocktails in the sunshine…that would be nice!

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