The Advertising Club, formerly Ad Club Bombay, has announced the election of Raj Nayak of Colors (Viacom18), as its president for the period 2015-'16.
The announcement follows elections held as part of the industry body's AGM in Mumbai last week.
Other elected office bearers are: Dr Bhaskar Das of Zee Media Corporation (VP); Vikram Sakhuja, media and marketing veteran (secretary); Ajay Kakkar, Aditya Birla Group – financial services (joint secretary); Shashi Sinha, IPG Mediabrands India (treasurer); and Pratap Bose, The Social Street (immediate past president).
Members elected to the managing committee include: Rohit Gupta (MSM India), Punitha Arumugam (Google), Namrata Tata (Viacom18), Ajay Chandwani (Percept Limited and consultant), Pradeep Dwivedi (Dainik Bhaskar Group), Vikas Khanchandani (AIDEM Ventures and Zirca Digital Solutions) and Viral Jani, (Twitter India).
Advertising veteran Ramesh Narayan had been co-opted to the managing committee.
Prasoon Joshi of McCann World Group India and Asia Pacific has been inducted as special invitee and creative advisor.
The other special invite is Satyaki Ghosh of L'Oreal India.
On his appointment, Nayak said, “I am humbled by the faith and trust that my friends and well wishers in the Industry have bestowed on me. It will be my sincere endeavour to work towards strengthening and building upon the foundation on which the Club has been built over the last six decades."
The announcement of Ad Club's new office bearers brings with it comments from the leadership of other key industry bodies, including AAAI and IAA India chapter, signaling intent of cooperation.
Dr MG Parameswaran, president, Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI), said, "Ad Club is a wonderful institution with a great legacy of achievements. I am delighted to hear that Raj Nayak is taking over as its next president. I am sure he will bring his own brand of energy, excitement and innovation to take The Ad Club to greater heights. We at AAAI look forward to a great partnership with the Ad Club in all our joint industry efforts."
Srinivasan Swamy, president, IAA India Chapter and VP-development, IAA Asia Pacific, said "With Raj Nayak as president, we can expect to see a new phase in Ad Club's history – which will be more vibrant, more purposeful, more relevant, more classy. IAA India, if invited, would be happy to partner with Ad Club on initiatives that build the competencies of the industry at various levels. There are a few events/properties that are exclusive to Ad Club or IAA, but clearly there are opportunities where co-operation between the two will be synergistic. IAA looks forward to this interesting phase with great enthusiasm."