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Raymond So is AFAA Chairman; Srinivasan Swamy elected Vice-Chairman

Ramesh Narayan has been elected Chief Strategy Officer

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | February 12, 2016

Srinivasan-K-Swamy-new Srinivasan Swamy

The General Body of the Asian Federation of Advertising Associations (AFAA) at its 19th General Body meeting held recently in Taipei elected Raymond So, representing the Taipei Association of Advertising Agencies (TAAA), as the Chairman of its Executive Committee for a period of four years.

Srinivasan K Swamy, representing the Advertising Council of India (ACI), was elected AFAA Vice-Chairman. Ramesh Narayan, also representing ACI, was elected Chief Strategy Officer.

Raymond said, “I am delighted to be elected the new Chairman of AFAA. AFAA has taken many successful new initiatives in the past four years with the support of our members. I’ll work to further unify our member associations to address key issues and opportunities in advertising in the new digital world. We will work together to use our professional knowledge and skills to bring meaningful contributions to both regional and national socio-economic development.”

Swamy said, “It is an honour to be elected Vice-Chairman of AFAA. Our goal will be to take the excellent work done by AFAA members to new heights across Asia. I look forward to greater cooperation and participation from all member countries." He reiterated AFAA'S involvement in the IAA Olive Crown awards in India and said this was an example of how industry associations could jointly work on issues of common interest. He also lauded the role of the Advertising Council of India in actively supporting AFAA's FastTrack programme that helps young professionals in our industry.

The new four-person Executive Committee consists of:

Chief Strategy Officer: Ramesh Narayan (ACI)

Chief Revenue Officer: Lee Soon Dong (Korea Federation of Advertising Associations)

Chief Knowledge Officer: Bharat Avalani (Malaysian Advertisers Association)

Chief Marketing Officer: Harris Thajeb (Komisi Periklanan Indonesia)

AFAA is well known in the Asian region for the biennial AFAA AdAsia Congress its members organize. AdAsia 2017 will be held in the magical island of Bali, Indonesia, in November. AFAA has also helped incubate the DigiAsia (November 14-17, 2016 in Taipei), and the AFAA FastTrack, a professional training programme which will be held early next year in Kuala Lumpur.

Founded in 1978, AFAA has representations in 14 Asian nations (Japan, Korea, Taipei, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan and UAE). Its primary objectives are to unify all Asian associations involved in the various aspects of advertising and upgrade the standards, ethics, and practices of advertising and to bring about a meaningful contribution from advertising activities to both regional and national socio-economic development.

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