Ramesh Narayan was unanimously elected President of the India Chapter of the International Advertising Association (IAA) at its AGM held on today in Mumbai.
The office bearers would be Megha Tata, COO BTVi , Vice President, Pradeep Dwivedi, CEO, Sakal Media Group, Hon. Secretary, Jaideep Gandhi, Founder Another Idea, Hon. Treasurer and Neeraj Roy, Founder & CEO, Hungama Digital Media Entertainment, Immediate Past President.
The Members of the Managing Committee include Tarun Rai (CEO, JWT), CVL Srinivas (CEO-South Asia, GroupM), Ashish Bhasin (Chairman & CEO, Dentsu Aegis Network), Srinivasan Swamy (Chairman, RK Swamy BBDO), M.K Anand (CEO, Times Now Network), Pradeep Guha (CEO, 9XMedia), Kaushik Roy (President-Brand Marketing, Reliance Industries Ltd.), Sam Balsara (Chairman & MD, Madison Communications), Anupriya Acharya (CEO, Publicis Media-India) M V Shreyams Kumar (MD, Mathrubhumi Group), Anant Goenka (Director, Indian Express), Abhishek Karnani (Director, Free Press Journal), Girish Agarwal Director (Dainik Bhaskar Group), Janak Sarda (Jt.MD Deshdhoot), Salil Kapoor (M.D, HOOQ Digital India Pvt. Ltd.) Atit Mehta (VP & Head Media, Sequoia Capital India Advisors), Anand Sankeshwar (MD, VRL Media Ltd.), Dr. Bhaskar Das (Zee Media), I Venkat (Director EENADU), Ashok Venkatramani, Umang Bedi (MD, Facebook India), Ms. Sunita Bangard (President -Marketing, Idea Cellular) and Rajiv Kental, President Marketing, Amar Ujala Publications.
Narayan who founded Canco Advertising, was inducted into the IAA Hall of Fame in 2014 and was also conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) in 2014. In 2015 he was named Global Champion by the IAA at the inaugural Inspire Awards in London.
Narayan has been President of The Advertising Club, the Advertising Agencies Association of India, a Director of the Audit Bureau of Circulation. He was Chairman of the Awards Governing Council of the Abby Awards at Goafest for the last two years.
Narayan is currently Vice President, IAA Global (Internal Communications) and a member of the Executive Committee of the Asian Federation of Advertising Associations (AFAA).
Known for his focus on social issues, Narayan is also currently President of the Rotary Club of Bombay.
Narayan said, "It is an honor 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, Sr. Vice President 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."
Past President of the IAA Pradeep Guha 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.”