Raj Nayak, mancom take charge at Ad Club

21 Sep,2015

By A Correspondent


Among the first things he did in public after getting his team in place was to set up a Twitter handle for the Club. And it’s evident, that the Club’s outreach will increase manifold.


MxMIndia was the first to report that senior industryperson and Colors CEO Raj Nayak was elected President of the Advertising Club. This was held at the Club’s Annual General Meeting  in Mumbai last week.


The new officebearers elected are: Vice President: Dr Bhaskar Das, Group CEO, Zee Media Corporation; Secretary: Vikram Sakhuja, Senior Media & Marketing Professional; Joint Secretary: Ajay Kakkar, Chief Marketing Officer, Aditya Birla Group-Financial Services;  Treasurer: Shashi Sinha, CEO, IPG Mediabrands India. Pratap Bose, Chairman & Co-founder, The Social Street will be Immediate Past President.


The other members elected to the Managing Committee are: Rohit Gupta (Multi Screen Media), Punitha Arumugam (Google India), Namrata Tata (Viacom18), Ajay Chandwani (Percept, Strategic Brand Consultant), Pradeep Dwivedi (Dainik Bhaskar group), Vikas Khanchandani (Aidem) and Viral Jani (Twitter). Senior industryperson Ramesh Narayan has been co-opted to the Managing Committee. Prasoon Joshi, CEO, McCann World Group India and Chairman (Asia Pacific) has been inducted as Special Invitee and Creative Advisor. Satyaki Ghosh, Director-Consumer Product Division L’Oreal India has also been inducted as a Special Invitee.


As someone who has followed Ad Club mancom compositions closely said, the composition this year is interesting and has some new faces.


Commenting on his appointment, Raj Nayak, said in a communique, “I am humbled by the faith and trust that my friends and well wishers in the Industry have bestowed on me. It will be my sincere endeavor to work towards strengthening and building upon the foundation on which the club has been built over the last six decades.”


In a significant departure from the past, the press release formally announcing the election of Nayak and the constituting of the new managing committee was welcomed with statements from the Presidents of the Advertising Agencies Association of India and the International Advertising Association. Welcoming the announcement M G Parameswaran said “ Ad Club is a wonderful institution with a great legacy of achievements. I am delighted to hear that Raj Nayak is taking over as its next President. I am sure he will bring his own brand of energy, excitement and innovation to take The Ad Club to greater heights. We at AAAI look forward to a great partnership with the Ad Club in all our joint industry efforts.” Ambi, as Parameswaran, is known in the industry is a former Ad Club president.


Srinivasan Swamy, President, IAA India Chapter and VP-Development, IAA Asia Pacific said: “With Raj Nayak as President, we can expect to see a new phase in Ad Club’s history – which will be more vibrant, more purposeful, more relevant, more classy. IAA India, if invited, would be happy to partner with Ad Club on initiatives that build the competencies of the industry at various levels. There are a few events/properties that are exclusive to Ad Club or IAA, but clearly there are opportunities where cooperation between the two will be synergistic. IAA looks forward to this interesting phase with great enthusiasm”.


Meanwhile, the Ad Club Twitter handle is: @TheAdClub_India. We’re following it J



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