The Advertising Club (TAC) and the Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) have announced the winners of the inaugural Champions of Excellence awards.
The jury consisting of senior members of the awards governing council of the Abby's were unanimous in selecting Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, Chandrasekhar Radhakrishnan, SVP and head of communications and e-commerce, South Asia Region, Nestlé India, Harish Bhat, Chairman, Tata Global Beverages, Nadia Chauhan, JMD and chief marketing officer, Parle Agro and RS Sodhi, managing director, GCMMF (Amul), as the first ever clients who would receive the award for their role in inspiring great advertising. Ashish Bhasin, chairman, Goafest 2017 said, "We always celebrated advertising agencies, digital companies, production houses and media companies at the Goafest. Now with top advertisers being honored, the festival is more complete."
The winners will be felicitated at Goafest on 7th, April 2017. The awards were conceived by the Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) and The Advertising Club for acknowledging and saluting visionary advertisers who have taken the leap of faith and invested resources, ensuring that “Great ideas transform into Great advertising”.
Nakul Chopra, president, AAAI said, "This award is very special as it acknowledges the pivotal role played by these men and women we call "clients", but who have acquired a much larger status in the overall brand scenario. These are the select few individuals who have helped build and nurture brands, supporting their agency partners every step of the way."
Raj Nayak, president, The Advertising Club added, "As an industry we need to salute these brand custodians who stake the reputation and money of their brands on the creativity of their advertising agencies. They literally take that leap of faith every day."
Ramesh Narayan, chairman, awards governing council, Goafest 2017, said, "This award rightfully places the advertiser at the center of the communication effort. This would go on to become one of the highlights of Goafest in the years ahead. What is advertising without the advertiser?"
Ashish Bhasin, chairman, Goafest 2017 said, "We always celebrated advertising agencies, digital companies, production houses and media companies at the Goafest. Now with top advertisers being honored, the festival is more complete."