Honouring the Leaders
The awards recognise the efforts that marketers from various industries put into their segment
The fifth edition of the IAA Leadership Awards was held at Mumbai on Saturday, October 7, 2017. Organised by the International Advertising Association (IAA) India Chapter, the Leadership Awards recognise and felicitate marketers from various industries.
The award ceremony, saw Srinivasan Swamy, chairman and managing director, RK Swamy BBDO inducted into the Hall of Fame Awards. The IAA Media Agency Leader and Creative Agency Leader Award went to Vikram Sakhuja, Madison Communications and Sonal Dabral, Ogilvy India respectively. The IAA Media Leader Award went to Rajan Anandan, Google while Mukesh Ambani, chairman and MD of Reliance Industries, was adjudged as the IAA Business Leader of the Year.
The Brand Endorsement Leader award went to Amitabh Bachchan and Alia Bhatt.
On being awarded the Business Leader of the Year award, Ambani, says, “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, says, “We are privileged to have (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 about Colors association with the awards, Raj Nayak, COO, Viacom18, says, “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.”
(L-R) Mukesh Ambani and Ramesh Narayan