Welcome to Divas Upclose

20 Jul,2012

The Indian media has been particularly lucky to have no gender barriers. Media and creative agencies, television channels, newspapers and magazines and even the newer crop of digital agencies are run by women and men in equal measure.


In fact in most cases there is no discrimination. It is perhaps unfair to the captains of these agencies to be categorized by gender, because that they are men or women has not in any way played a role in their ascent or day-to-day work. However, a lot still needs to be done across the country.


Hence, when we started work on this microsite, we were concerned that we are playing to the stereotype. We aren’t. In Diva Upclose, sponsore by BIG CBS LOVE, we speak to the power women in the industry and profile emerging talent in an attempt to inspire more women to get to the profession.


Although media buying and planning have existed ever since advertising began formally, it’s only in the last two decades that we have seen this sector blossom. A lot of credit for this would go to Roda Mehta, who is respected and admired in the industry even today.


And then, of course, we have Lynn De Souza and Ambika Srivastava, women at the helm in two of the most powerful media agencies in the country – Lintas Media Group and Vivaki Exchange respectively. Both fine examples of powerwomen and media professionals par excellence.


The club of power mediawomen has many more members or ‘Divas’ – firm in their belief, rock solid in their standing, having admirable acumen for their work and managing their work, teams, and of course their clients with aplomb. These are (in alphabetical order of their first names) Anamika Mehta (COO, Lodestar UM), Anupriya Acharya (Leader, Client Leadership, South Asia at Mindshare Fulcrum), Basabdutta Chowdhury (CEO, Platinum Media), Divya Gupta (CEO, Dentsu Media), Jasmin Sohrabji (Managing Director, OMD), Mona Jain (CEO, Vivaki Exchange), Nandini Dias (COO, Lodestar UM) and Shubha George (CEO, South Asia, MEC). And then, of course, there is Lara Balsara (Director, Madison Communications).


However, our list of power mediawomen does not end here. There are many more showing their might, or already on the expressway to the top. On the fast lane, but steadily so. Presenting to you these Emerging Stars (in Box below, segregated based on number of years they have put in the industry). In case you find any names missing or wrongly listed – please mail the Series Editor Ritu Midha at ritum@mxmindia.com. Meanwhile, enjoy DIVAS UPCLOSE.





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