2020 MxMIndia Person of the Year

29 Jul,2020


By A Correspondent


We should’ve carried this notice earlier, but it’s been a crazy year. For a few weeks, we weren’t even sure if we would last out these terrible times.


As our readers are aware, over the last few years, the MxMIndia Mediaperson of the Year has earned the reputation of being perhaps the most credible barometer of the highest performer(s) in the fields of advertising, media and marketing in India in a calendar year.


It’s July 29, 2020 today. The 211th day of this calendar year. And 155 days to go in the year. Will it get better? Could it get worse?


Well, realising that many award shows are held at the end of the year and hence there is a tendency to only recall and accord importance to those who make an impact in the latter part of the year. MxMIndia instituted a process where we reviewed people and entities through the year by having periodic reviews and compiling the various high performers at the end of June. We did that many times in 2019. This year, we must confess, we haven’d done any reviews. Although, frankly, for a while, we had all the time in the world. But, as the movie title says, we weren’t sure if: kal ho na ho!


But no more delays. Our first review will happen in early August.


Last year’s winner of the accolade was Sidharth Rao on his rise and rise in the Indian creative world. For mainstreaming digital. In 2018, it was Piyush Pandey and in the previous year, it was Arnab Goswami for the launch of Republic TV. In 2016, we had Dentsu Aegis Network South Asia CEO Ashish Bhasin and for 2015 it was the BARC India core team of Punit Goenka, Shashi Sinha and Partho Dasgupta.


So who do you think will it be this year? We don’t know, and, frankly, it’s too early to even attempt forecasting and guessing the winner of the title. We also do know if there is enough scope for people to achieve much.


But, having said that, there are two or three names in the bag. If you’d like us to consider any name, write to us at editor [at] mxmindia.com or even call or whatsapp us, if you have our coordinates.


This year, the award will be presented on Friday, December 18, 2020. There have been suggestions that we should conduct a ground-level event for the same. Perhaps we will. Perhaps we won’t. Wait for a decision on that.



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