Nihal Kaviratne shares simple home truths at IAA event

19 May,2014

By A Correspondent


“All I can share in this event is the simple home truth which I have learned from my past experience,” said Nihal Kaviratne, CBE, Chairman, Akzo Nobel India while speaking on ‘Asia – Who’s Consuming’ at the inaugural IAA Young Turks Forum conducted by the International Advertising Association (IAA) India Chapter. The bi-monthly series will enable young executives to interact and learn from industry leaders.


The event, held last week saw Kaviratne analysing consumption trends in Asia and then taking questions from a packed hall at the Nehru Centre, Mumbai. Dinesh Pillai, CEO, Mahindra Special Services Group, moderated the interaction. HBO South Asia was the Presenting Partner of the IAA Young Turks Forum.


Kaviratne was cited in the Queen’s 2004 New Year Honours list in the UK and was awarded the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to UK business interests and for sustainable development inIndonesia. In January 2004, he moved from being Chairman of Unilever Indonesia to a regional role in the Unilever Asia Business Group based in Singapore as Senior Vice President – Development & Environmental Affairs. In January 2005, he assumed additional responsibility as Chairman of Unilever’s US$2.5 billion Home & Oral Care business in Asia. Today, Kaviratne is Director of DBS Group & Bank, Star Hub, Singapore Airport Terminal Services Limited (SATS), Wildlife Reserves Singapore and Glaxo Smith Kline Pharmaceuticals Limited. He is a member of the Governing Board of Bombay Mothers & Children Welfare Society.


Welcoming Kaviratne and the audience of young professionals, Srinivasan Swamy, President, IAA India Chapter & VP-Development, IAA Asia Pacific, said that the Young Turks Forum has been a long-felt need of the IAA India Chapter. “We are delighted to have had someone of the stature of Nihal Kaviratne who with wide-ranging global experience to share his mantra for business and success.”


“Given our strong connect with young audiences, HBO is delighted to be associated with this thought exchange platform for youth leaders,” said Monica Tata, Managing Director HBO South Asia, Presenting Partner of the IAA Young Turks Forum.


Manish Advani, Head – Marketing and Public Relations, Mahindra Special Services Group, who is Chair of the IAA Young Turks Forum series added, “The response to the IAA Young Turks Forum is an indicator that such efforts are the need of the hour for young professionals. We are looking forward to have an equally enriching Young Turks Forum event in two months.”


The event also saw Pheroza Bilimoria, former Honorary Secretary of IAA Global as well as past president of IAA India Chapter being honoured by IAA Global with IAA Honorary Life Membership by Srinivasan Swamy.


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