Srinivasan K Swamy, chairman, RK Swamy BBDO, has been elected president of the India chapter of the International Advertising Association (IAA) for the year 2012-'13. The decision was made at the annual general meeting on Friday, 2 November.
Swamy was till recently chairman of Confederation of Asian Advertising Agency Associations. He was also past president of Advertising Agencies Association of India for three years between 2004 and 2007.
Swamy said in today’s global economy, associations like the IAA play a pivotal role in building cross-cultural bridges, and in ensuring a seamless transition of ideas and interests across the world.
He added that since the IAA represented marketers, agencies and the media it had a very important role to play in developing the communication industry in the country and across the globe.
Swamy said that apart from the Olive Crown awards and the other regular activities that the IAA conducts, he would make a concerted effort to spread the activities of the India Chapter to different parts of the country. Another thrust area would be to get mid-sized agencies and media houses further involved in the activities of the IAA so that they could benefit from the involvement and participation.
In other appointments, Kunal Lalani, managing director, Crayons Advertising, was elected vice president. Monica Tata, general manager, Entertainment Networks, South Asia, Turner International India, has been appointed hon. secretary, and Jaideep Gandhi, director and chairman, Jaya Advertising, was elected hon. treasurer.
The managing committee members elected are Avinash Pandey, MG Parameswaran, Neeraj Roy, Raj Nayak and Sam Balsara and the new committee also co-opted Ramesh Narayan, Shreyams Kumar, Arunabh Das Shrama, Abhisek Karnani, Manish Advani and Neville Taraporewala as members.