IAA Leadership Awards presented

09 Oct,2017


By A Correspondent


It was the big night of the International Advertising Association India Chapter. The fifth edition of the IAA Leadership Awards took place in Mumbai with Reliance Industries Chairman and MD Mukesh Ambani and Deputy Minister of the diplomacy, PM’s office, Government of Israel, Dr Michael Oren in attendance


Former IAA India president and Chairman and Managing Director, RK Swamy BBDO Srinivasan Swamy was inducted into the IAA Hall of Fame Award.  The IAA Media Agency Leader and Creative Agency Leader Award went to Vikram Sakhuja, Madison Communications Pvt. Ltd. and Sonal Dabral, DDB Mudra Group, India respectively.  The IAA Media Leader Award went to Rajan Anandan, Google while Mukesh Ambani, Chairman & MD of Reliance Industries, was adjudged as the IAA Business Leader of the Year.


Rahul Joshi of  Network18 News was awarded the IAA Editorial Leader award and Shereen Bhan, CNBC-TV18 received the IAA Leader – TV Anchor of the year.  The Brand Endorsement Leader awards went to Amitabh Bachchan and Alia Bhatt.


On being awarded the Business Leader of the Year award, Mukesh Ambani, Chairman & MD of Reliance Industries said, “On behalf of all of us at Reliance Industries, we would like to thank the jury and IAA for this recognition. I believe leadership is about setting new standards as demonstrated by our team at Jio. India was 155th in mobile broadband rankings in the world when we launched Jio but in a year, it became number 1 in the world. India is becoming a mobile first country and this is the future of our young nation.”


Commenting on the occasion, Ramesh Narayan, newly elected President of IAA said, “We are privileged to have Shri Mukesh Ambani and Dy. Minister of Diplomacy, PM’s Office, Government of Israel Michael Orren with us. IAA Leadership Awards 2017 has been a memorable event thanks to the distinguished guests, esteemed jury and an exhaustive list of quantitative and qualitative parameters that have helped recognise outstanding campaigns and we have cherished our partnership with Colors.”


Speaking of his maiden visit to India, Deputy Minister of the Diplomacy, PM’s office, Government of Israel, Dr. Michael Oren, said “India is revered, respected and loved by the people of Israel.  Both countries are the cradle of great civilisations and religions. I can think of no two countries in the world that have had a greater impact on history and art. I would like to extend an invite to every Indian to visit Israel and experience our love for India and our hospitality.”


Speaking about Colors association with the awards, Raj Nayak, COO, Viacom18 Media Pvt Ltd said, “We have been associated with the IAA Leadership Awards since inception and are happy to see it grow in size and stature year after year. As a leader in the media and entertainment space, we feel privileged to partner with The International Advertising Association in recognising and rewarding leaders in our country.”


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