The Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) presented Colvyn Harris with the Lifetime Achievement Award 2022 for his contribution to the advertising industry.
The Lifetime Achievement was presented to Harris at an event held in Mumbai on Friday,
Harris is an advertising veteran with over 40 years of experience. He began his career at Hindustan Thompson Associates, he was then CEO of Contract, and then CEO JWT South Asia. He turned JWT into a globally recognised powerhouse of strategy and creativity.
He retired from JWT as Executive Director Global Growth and Client Development. He was also the Managing Director (Marketing) at L Catterton Singapore, a Global Private Equity Company that is a subsidiary of LVMH.
The event was attended by industry leaders like Prasanth Kumar, President AAAI and CEO - GroupM South Asia; Sam Balsara, Chairman, Madison Communications; Anupriya Acharya, former President AAAI and CEO Publicis Groupe South Asia; Vishandas Hardasani, Treasurer AAAI and CFO - GroupM South Asia, Rana Barua, Vice-President AAAI, CEO Havas Group India; Vikram Sakhuja - Group CEO Madison Media and OOH, former ECD JWT - Tista Sen and Entrepreneur and ex JWT hand Shavon Baruah among others.
Vikram, Tista and Shavon also spoke about Harris at the event, and elaborated on how they respected him as a colleague, boss and friend.
Prasanth Kumar said, "Colvyn has been a pioneer in the advertising industry and it’s a pleasure for us to present AAAI’s prestigious lifetime achievement award. He is truly a visionary in every sense and is a great source of inspiration for all the budding advertisers across the country. His willingness to contribute to the industry is well worth appreciating.”
Harris said, “I'm really happy to receive this prestigious award from AAAI. It is a real honour to get recognised by my peers in this wonderful industry that I have been privileged to be part of for nearly four decades. I look forward to continue giving back to the industry through various industry forums for the benefit of younger and upcoming professionals."