Industry doyen Ramesh Narayan has been conferred the unique distinction of the “International Advertising Association (IAA) Honorary Lifetime Membership Compass Award”.
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Srinivasan K Swamy, the 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 (October 5), everyone was delighted that Ramesh was thus honoured. This is but a small recognition for his huge contribution to IAA.”
Megha Tata, President, 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, awarded as Global Champion at the inaugural IAA Inspire Awards in London, conferred the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the Advertising Agencies Association of India as well as honoured with a special award by the Public Relations Society of India.
The award would be presented at the 45th IAA World Congress, Saint Petersburg, Russia, in May 2021.
The International Advertising Association is a globally-focused integrated advertising trade association with membership representing advertising agencies and the media.
The IAA comprises corporate members, organisational members, educational affiliates as well as 56 Chapters with individual members and young professionals from 76 countries, including the top 10 economies in the world. IAA is over 80 years old and is headquartered in New York.