WFA names Raja Rajamannar president
Atul Agrawal of Tata is part of the organisation's executive committee.
Mar 27, 2019 04:43:00 AM | Article | Staff
The WFA (World Federation of Advertisers) elected Raja Rajamannar, Mastercard’s chief marketing and communications officer, as president.
Rajamannar, who will serve a two-year term with the option to extend for a further two years, replaces David Wheldon, CMO at RBS, who has been president since 2015 and will continue to serve on WFA’s executive committee as regional vice-president for Western Europe.
In addition, Philip Myers, senior vice-president of global policy and government affairs at PepsiCo, takes over from Matthias Berninger, former vice-president of public affairs at Mars, as deputy president.
The organisation also appointed 10 of new executive committee members, including Atul Agrawal, SVP, corporate brand and marketing, Tata.
- Jean-Luc Chétrit, CEO, French Advertisers Association (UDA) & WFA Treasurer
- Edward Bell, General Manager Brand, Insight and Marketing Communications, Cathay Pacific Airways
- Adam Mohamed Wee Abdullah, Group Chief Marketing Officer, CIMB
- Valérie Hernando-Presse, Chief Marketing Officer, Danone
- Gerhard Louw, Head of International Media Management, Deutsche Telekom
- Allyson Park, Global Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, Mars
- Francesco Tramontin, Director, Global Public Affairs, Mondelez
- Lynette Pang, Assistant Chief Executive, Marketing Group, Singapore Tourism Board
- Jan Morten Drange, CEO, Association of Norwegian Advertisers (ANFO)
Rajamannar, who started his career with Asian Paints in India, has worked for Mastercard since 2013, spearheading efforts such as an integration of the marketing and communication functions, evolution of the 'priceless' platform, and the company's recent move to become a 'symbol brand' and the launch of a sonic brand platform.
He previously served in leadership roles at WellPoint (now Anthem), Humana, Citigroup and Diners Club North America. He was also recently named the 2018 WFA Global Marketer of the Year.
“The opportunity in front of marketers today to make a difference for their brand, their business and even the world is tremendous," Rajamannar said in a release. "I am honoured to pick up and carry the torch as President of WFA, an organisation committed to elevating and advancing the activities of our profession, and a role I am convinced will become even more important in the years to come.”