The ABBYs Award Governing Council has rounded up its Jury Chair by adding five more industry veterans.
The five industry veterans are: Carlton D’Silva - Co-Founder House of Awe and Musemakers Marketing Services; Paresh Chaudhry - Group Executive director, Value 360; Praveen Someshwar - MD & CEO – HT Media Group; Rajat Ojha - CEO, Gamitronics and Rekha Nigam - Director, Sutradhar Media & Communications.
After a long stint at Hungama, D’Silva now oversees the development of Film Marketing in House of Awe and Brand Marketing in Musemakers. Awards won include Cannes Lions, The Abbys, Kyoorius, Olive Crown Awards, New York Ad Festival.
Chaudhry heads Value 360, India's fastest growing and the most awarded PR agency. He was formerly Group President and Chief Brand Custodian at RIL. He has judged at the Cannes Lions and Abbys, and Sabre Asia. Chaudhry is also the founder President of the Indian Forum of Corporate Communicators (IFCC)
Someshwar is busy transforming HT into a new-age media group, with digital initiatives and innovation being the driving forces. Under his leadership, HT Media Group is on-course to become a digital-first organisation, creating multiple agile business units focusing on new niche domains. He was earlier with Pepsico heading their North and South East Asia businesses.
Ojha has worked at Hungama and currently heads Gamitronics. Awards won include Indie Innovation Award, Casual Connect, Hamburg, Game of the year for Kung Fu Dhamaka Google Maiden Canvas Showcase SFVR Game of The Year.
Nigam has headed language department in several agencies. She won the Ad Club Campaign of the year for Salaam Bombay and New York Ad festival Gold for Ruf n Tuf jeans. She was Programming Head of Sony Entertainment Television, screenplay and dialogue writer for major Hindi films like Parineeta and Laaga Chunari Mein Daag.
It had earlier announced Ayappa KM, Devika Prabhu, Geet Rathi, Megha Tata, Raj Kamble, Amer Jaleel, Ashwini Deshpande, Bobby Pawar, Chaaya Bharadwaj, Rahul Mathew and Rajdeepak Das as part of the jury.
Known as the Cannes Lions or the Oscars of the Indian advertising industry, the Abby’s are a part of Goa Fest. The Goa Fest will be held from May 5-7, 2022. This year will mark the thirteenth Abby Award, after a break of two years due to the pandemic.