Megha Tata, MD - South Asia, Discovery Communications India, has been elected as president of the India chapter of the International Advertising Association (IAA). The announcement was made post the AGM held on 28 September.
Tata takes over from Punit Goenka, managing director and chief executive officer, Zee Entertainment Enterprises.
Pradeep Dwivedi, CEO, Eros India has been elected as vice president.
Tata said, “It is an honour and a privilege to be leading the India chapter of IAA. The legacy of past presidents, the great work they have done, will be continued as I endeavour to strengthen the India chapter and help build a strong ecosystem for the common good of the industry. The strong representation of women in marcom is a welcome change and am sure will lead to more meaningful work in the coming year.”
Goenka said, “It was an absolute pleasure for me to lead the entire team of IAA, India chapter during my tenure as the president of this prestigious association. I attribute the success and milestones achieved over the last two years to each and every member of the team. The association is blessed with dedicated professionals who are focused towards bringing a positive change across the industry. I am very glad to note that the mantle is now handed over to Ms. Megha Tata. Her able leadership and experience will add immense value to the association and I wish her and the entire team all the very best. As a proud member of IAA, I will continue to contribute my best, in order to enable the association to achieve its set goals for the industry at large.”
Jaideep Gandhi, founder, Another Idea as Hon. Secretary
Abhishek Karnani, director, The Free Press Journal as Hon. Treasurer
Members of the managing committee:
Anant Goenka, executive director, The Indian Express
Avinash Pandey, CEO, ABP News Network
Janak Sarda, managing director, Deshdoot Media Group
Nandini Dias, chief executive officer, Lodestar UM
Prasanth Kumar, CEO - South Asia, GroupM
Punit Goenka will continue to guide the new team as immediate past president.