The International Advertising Association (IAA) India Chapter hosted the 10th edition of the IAA Leadership Awards on Wednesday, August 9, at the St. Regis Hotel in Mumbai.
The Awards served as a platform to recognise and celebrate the achievements of industry leaders.
This year's ceremony witnessed the presence of over 400 guests, including senior marketing, advertising, and media professionals, who came together to honour the accomplishments of these deserving recipients.
The awards were presented across 15 industry categories, spanning automobiles, financial services, FMCG, E-commerce, Edtech, retail and consumer durables, acknowledging outstanding professionals' diverse achievements and innovative contributions.
Devendra Fadnavis, Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra was the chief guest of the event.
Notable among the winners was Adar Poonawalla, CEO, Serum Institute of India who was awarded the title of IAA Business Leader of the Year 2023.
Poonawala, said, “I am truly humbled to receive the IAA Business Leader of the Year Award. It vindicates the risk that my team and I took during the pandemic as it was a tough time for everyone and a time of great uncertainty. We could not have been able to do this without our counter staff and workers, health care workers, the Government of India, and the State government. I have always believed that the Serum Institute has been a national asset to the country and during the pandemic, this became more evident. I feel privileged and honoured that I can lead such an institute and serve the nation and humanity at large and will continue to do so.”
Rajdeepak Das, CEO and CCO, Leo Burnett South Asia and Chairperson, Creative Council, Publicis Groupe India was honoured with the IAA Creative Agency Leader of the Year award.
Ajay Gupte, CEO – South Asia from Wavemaker secured the title of IAA Media Agency Leader of the Year
Atideb Sarkar, Chief Editor and Publisher of the ABP Group received the IAA Media Person of the Year award
PV Chandran, Managing Editor of Mathrubhumi earned the accolade of IAA Editor of the Year
Navika Kumar, News Editor and Anchor from Times Network was honoured with the IAA TV Anchor of the Year award.
Actor Ajay Devgan and Kiara Advani were crowned with the title of IAA Brand Endorsers of the Year in the male and female categories.
Bhaskar Das was inducted into the IAA Hall of Fame.
Avinash Pandey, President, IAA India Chapter, said, “The IAA sees itself as the Global Compass for Marketing and Communications and these awards are one of the many initiatives that focus on furthering this. Through these awards, we not only recognize excellence and innovation but also inspire and motivate others to strive for greatness. By celebrating these remarkable achievements, we can foster a collective commitment to enhancing all industries. The 10th edition of this awards is a testament to the enduring spirit of innovation and resilience that defines our industry.”
Nandini Dias, Chairperson IAA Leadership Awards, commented, “The IAA Leadership Awards is an opportunity to recognize and respect the power of the human mind at work. To appreciate the criticality of decision-making. The wisdom of thought-leadership. The sheer magnetism that carries an entire team along. The choice between bravery and bravado. These awards are gallantry awards, bravery awards, intelligence awards, creative awards, sporting awards and social awards all rolled into one.”
“The winning company has excelled itself much beyond the criteria of market share, CAGR, quarter-to-quarter growth, advertising-to-sales ratio, etc., to now also credit ratings of the company in the stock market, brand health scores and the all-important Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) scores. So, for all the winning companies and their leaders, this is a bow from the marketing, advertising, and media world. I am proud to say the IAA Leadership Awards has been a significant marker of time through what has been a tumultuous decade to say the least,” added Dias.
The Celebration Partner for the event was Diageo while the Tata Group was the Associate Partner.
Both Times Network & Titan Company Limited were the Supporting Partners for the event.