Ramesh Narayan, founder, Canco Advertising, has been conferred with the International Advertising Association's (IAA) Honorary Lifetime Membership Compass award.
The award honours an individual who is retiring from business and who has given long and distinguished service to the IAA in leadership roles locally, regionally and globally.
Recipients of the IAA Honorary Life Member Compass Award are considered members of the IAA for life without the obligation to pay dues.
Srinivasan K Swamy, outgoing IAA chairman and world president, said, “When we discussed the possible names to give the IAA Honorary Membership at the officers level, all were unanimous in their approval of Ramesh’s name. In the last couple of years as vice president marketing of IAA Global and as area director/VP of Asia Pacific his commitment to the task at hand was of a very high order. His strategic mind and the ability to execute the plans endeared him well with the entire IAA global community. When his name went up to the executive committee for approval there was overwhelming approval for it. When his name was announced at the IAA Board meeting on Monday (5 October 2020), everyone was delighted that Ramesh was thus honoured. This is but a small recognition for his huge contribution to IAA.”
Megha Tata, president, IAA India Chapter, said, "It is indeed a truly well deserved recognition to someone who has selflessly given so much to our industry in India and International. His contributions to the India chapter of IAA have been unparalleled and it is my privilege to have him continue to contribute to IAA India.”
Narayan has earlier been inducted into the IAA India Chapter Hall of Fame, been awarded as Global Champion at the inaugural IAA Inspire Awards in London, been conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Advertising Agencies Association of India as well as being honored with a special award from the Public Relations Society of India.
The award would be presented at the 45th IAA World Congress scheduled to be held in Saint Petersburg, Russia in May 2021.