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Sep 25, 2021

IAA Leadership Awards 2021: Bobby Pawar, Nandini Dias win creative, media honours; RS Sodhi bags 'Business Leader of the Year'

Raj Nayak inducted into IAA's 'Hall of Fame' and Anil Kapoor bags 'Brand Endorser of the Year'

IAA Leadership Awards 2021: Bobby Pawar, Nandini Dias win creative, media honours; RS Sodhi bags 'Business Leader of the Year'
The International Advertising Association’s (IAA) India Chapter announced the winners for the eighth edition of its Leadership Awards in Mumbai on 24 September.
Among the 24 winners on the night were Bobby Pawar, chairman, chief creative officer, Havas Group, who won the IAA Creative Agency Leader of the Year; Nandini Dias, CEO, Lodestar UM, who won the IAA Media Agency Leader of the Year, and NP Singh, MD and CEO, Sony Pictures Network, who won the 'IAA Media Person of the Year'. 
Raj Nayak, founder and MD, House of Cheer, was inducted into IAA's 'Hall of Fame'.
RS Sodhi, MD, GCMMF, was awarded IAA's 'Business Leader of the Year', while actor Anil Kapoor bagged IAA's 'Brand Endorser of the Year' award.  



Marketer of the Year - Auto

(Passenger Vehicles)

Shakti Upadhyay

Head of Marketing & PR

KIA Motors  

Marketer of the Year - Auto

(Two Wheelers)

Ranjivjit Singh

Chief Marketing Officer

Hero MotoCorp

Marketer of the Year - Consumer Durables – Electronics (TV)

Abhiral Bhansali

Product Head - Television Business

LG Electronics India Pvt Ltd

Marketer of the Year - Consumer Durables – Others

Asim Warsi  

Sr VP & Chief Marketing Officer

Samsung India

Marketer of the Year - Mobile Devices

Jaskaran Singh Kapany

Chief Marketing Officer

Xiaomi Technology India Private Ltd

Marketer of the Year - Telecom

Rohan Khanna

Head Marketing - Jio

Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd

Marketer of the Year – Retail

Ravi Nagar

Chief Marketing Officer

Avenue Supermarkets Ltd (DMart)

Marketer of the Year - FMCG -Food

Jayen Mehta

Sr GM, Planning and Marketing,

Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (Amul)

Marketer of the Year - FMCG -Beverages

Anjana Ghosh

Director - Marketing and CSR

Bisleri International Pvt Ltd

Marketer of the Year - FMCG - Personal care

Rajesh Krishnamurthy

Business Director - Consumer Products Division

Himalaya Wellness Company

Marketer of the Year - FMCG – Homecare

Rahul Gyanchandani

Joint Managing Director

RSPL Limited

Marketer of the Year – Banking

Dinesh Kumar Khara


State Bank of India

Marketer of the Year - Insurance

Shyam Sunder

Executive Director – Corporate Communication

Life Insurance Corporation of India

Marketer of the Year – UPI


Sameer Nigam

Founder & CEO


Marketer of the Year - E-Commerce

Ravi Desai

Director, Mass and Brand Marketing

Marketer of the Year – EdTech

Atit Mehta

Marketing Head - Think & Learn Pvt Ltd


IAA Business Leader of the Year



Dr R S Sodhi

Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (Amul)

IAA Creative Agency Leader of the Year


Bobby Pawar

Havas Group


IAA Media Agency Leader of the Year


Nandini Dias

Lodestar -UM


IAA Media Person of the Year

N P Singh

Sony Pictures Networks India


IAA Editor of the Year

Raj Kamal Jha

The Indian Express


IAA TV Anchor of the Year

Palki Sharma Upadhyay



IAA Brand Endorser of the Year

Anil Kapoor


Hall of Fame

Raj Nayak


Megha Tata, president, IAA, said, "It is so rewarding to see the best in the business taking the time to be here and accepting these awards tonight. While we were planning the awards for 2021 we wanted to highlight leaders that have established new age businesses. We wanted them to share the stage and form a balance between those that have run the country and the world. For one thing this year has taught us is to be agile. In the year 2020 we have used and misused the terms unprecedented times quite a few times. We use the term to showcase the problem, the troubles, the challenges but it also led to unprecedented growth, unprecedented opportunity and unprecedented victories. We have seen time and again that change or unexpected situations often lead to some brands or organisations and people succeeding while some may collapse. The difference between the two begins right at the top with the leader. And while I can describe our leaders tonight in many ways, I would just like to say that these unprecedented times call for unprecedented leadership and our leaders today definitely delivered on that.”
Nandini Dias, co-chair, IAA Leadership Awards, said "We often talk about the glass half empty or half full, about optimism and pessimism, about positivity and negativity. But the truth is it doesn't matter if the glass is half empty or half full. What only matters is how thirsty you are. Which brings us to the definition of leadership. True leadership is often about perspective, inner perspective. And for men and women with vision it is not always about different things, but sometimes it's about the same things differently. That’s when one understands what leadership is actually made of. Leadership is not a talent, art form or science. It is simply about taking the first step in spaces where there are no written rules. So you make your rules because you make your own limits."   
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