Ramesh Narayan elected as president of IAA India Chapter

Succeeds Neeraj Roy; Other office bearers include Megha Tata, Pradeep Dwivedi, Jaideep Gandhi and Roy

Sep 29, 2017 04:18:00 AM | Article | Campaign India Team

At its AGM held on 28 September 2017, Ramesh Narayan was elected as the president of the India Chapter of the International Advertising Association.
Narayan who founded Canco Advertising, was inducted into the IAA Hall of Fame in 2014. He was also given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Advertising Agencies Association of India in 2014. In 2015, he was named 'Global Champion' by the IAA at the inaugural Inspire Awards in London. He is currently vice president, IAA Global (Internal Communications) and a member of the executive committee of the Asian Federation of Advertising Associations.
Megha Tata, COO, BTVi, has been elected vice president. 
Pradeep Dwivedi, CEO, Sakal Media Group will be honorary secretary, while Jaideep Gandhi, founder, Another Idea, is honorary treasurer. 
Neeraj Roy, founder and CEO, Hungama Digital Media Entertainment is the immediate past president. 
The members of the managing committee include:
  • Abhishek Karnani (Free Press Journal)
  • Anand Sankeshwar (VRL Media)
  • Anant Goenka (Indian Express) 
  • Anupriya Acharya (Publicis Media)
  • Ashish Bhasin (Dentsu Aegis Network)
  • Ashok Venkatramani 
  • Atit Mehta (Sequoia Capital India Advisors) 
  • Dr. Bhaskar Das (Zee Media) 
  • CVL Srinivas (GroupM)
  • Girish Agarwal (Dainik Bhaskar Group) 
  • Kaushik roy (Reliance Industries)
  • I Venkat (Eenadu)
  • MK Anand (Times Network)
  • MV Shreyams Kumar (Mathrubhumi Group)
  • Pradeep Guha (9X Media)
  • Sam Balsara (Madison Communications)
  • Janak Sarda (Deshdhoot)
  • Salil Kapoor (HOOQ Digital) 
  • Tarun Rai (J. Walter Thompson)
  • Srinivasan Swamy (RK Swamy BBDO)
  • Sunita Bangard (Idea Cellular) 
  • Rajiv Kental (Amar Ujala Publications)
  • Tarun Katial 
  • Sunil Kataria (Godrej)
  • Umang Bedi (Facebook India)
Narayan said "It is an honour to lead the IAA in India. I will build on the strong foundations left by successive presidents and members. It will be our effort to keep the IAA as a vibrant voice of the communications industry all over India. And of course use communication as a force for good"
Srinivasan Swamy, SVP, IAA Global and chairman, RK Swamy BBDO, said, "I am delighted that Ramesh has taken on the mantle to take IAA India to the next level. You will see many new initiatives under his leadership which will make all of us proud in the world of IAA. I wish him the very best when he supports India to host the 44th. IAA World Congress in November 2018."
Pradeep Guha, past president, IAA, said " I am happy that Ramesh has finally agreed to don the mantle of President of the India Chapter of the IAA. For me personally, this is no ordinary appointment. Having worked with Ramesh on industry projects and other matters very closely since AdAsia 2003 in Jaipur, I have a fair idea of his capabilities and an extraordinary motivation to crusade for causes. Not only for me, but for succeeding Presidents in the past, it is Ramesh's hidden hand that has executed so many wonderful projects for the organization. Apart from the World Congress which will be held for the first time in India, I am looking forward to Ramesh's inspired leadership of the IAA in his tenure going forward."
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