4th edition of IAA Leadership Awards to the best in respective industry

MUMBAI: The 4th edition of IAA  Leadership Awards was a glorious affair where the who’s who of the marketing, advertising and media industry got together to facilitate the best work amongst their peers and recognise the stalwarts who are leading their teams best in this dynamic ecosystem.  Union Minister of States of Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju was the chief guest and presented the awards to the best creative minds.

The evening also lent itself to many learnings and forward thinking discussions for the industry at large. Viacom 18 group CEO Sudhanshu Vats in his opening address defined the three ‘I’s and an ‘A’ as ‘ Inference’, ‘influence’, ‘intuition’ and ‘agility’. Elucidating, Vats said a great leader must infer from the emerging trends that he sees around, must take his contacts and networking seriously and be ready to influence with the resources he has at his disposal, be intuitive with the current changing dynamics and be able to translate his judgement into action quickly.

Speaking on the occasion, IAA’s India Chapter   president Srinivasan K Swamy said, “The IAA Leadership Awards are testimony of the inspirational work that industry leaders and creative minds accomplish during the course of the year. Today, we are celebrating the extraordinary work and journey of the industry at large from the year gone by. The campaigns have achieved much success in the brand’s positioning and perception. I congratulate the winners and hope to see such incredible work for years to come.”

Seconding him, IAA Leadership Awards committee chairman Sam Balsara said, “This year, at the 4th IAA Leadership Awards, we have seen some tough competition that has been carried out by teams across industries. The decision-making process has been robust and after deep deliberation, we have finally arrived on the list of winners who have been honoured today. As the evening draws to a close, I would like to extend my heartiest congratulations to the winners and look forward to some great work from them in coming years”.

While Aditya Birla Group CEO Kumar Mangalam Birla took away the CEO of the Year award, ICICI Prudential digital business and marketing EVP and head Manish Dubey, Hindustan Unilever;s Samir Singh, Lenovo marketing director Bhaskar Choudhuri and  Maruti Suzuki's Randhir Singh Kalsi were amongst the few who won the much coveted The Marketer of the Year Awards that were given away  in 14 categories. Birla credited his win to his impeccable team which is forward thinking and intuitive to the market changes.

Dentsu Aegis Network South Asia CEO and chairman Ashish Bhasin was awarded with The Media Agency Head of the Year Award. Sharing his joy for being acknowledged for the hard work, Bhasin added, “As late entrants in the industry, it gives me immense joy and pride in the organization's efforts. We sort of challenged the market with a target to be the second best in the field by 2017. Acknowledgements  such as this from such a  well recognised body makes me feel that we are on the right track and gives us the confidence to move forward.”

Upon bagging the Creative Agency Head of The Year, BBDO India chairman and CCO, Josy Paul said, “"This is not just a leadership award, it's a leadership 'team' award. I am receiving it on behalf of my partner Ajai Jhala and the amazing leaders at BBDO India who create the outstanding work that gives me this moment of glory. I share it with them. I'm nothing without them."

In television, Colors CEO Raj Nayak was awarded the Media Person of the year, while India TV chairman and editor in chief Rajat Sharma was recognised as the Television Anchor of the Year. In the special categories, Bharat Patel was included in the Hall of Fame, while actor Varun Dhawan was awarded as the Brand Endorser of The Year.

The 4th edition of the IAA Leadership Awards recognized the achievements of diverse groups of individuals for their incredible contribution in designing path-breaking and high impact marketing initiatives to strengthen their respective brand’s promise and standing amongst  consumers.

Congratulating the winners,  Rijiju said, “I am impressed with how the evening and awards have been conceived. IAA is an important body when it comes to championing the marketers. As India is taking its rightful place in the world, the marketing and advertising world is catapulting India even faster. A decade ago, we used to have respect but we were never perceived as leaders. However, today, we receive tremendous recognition abroad. We have begun recognising our leaders – news is getting anchor-specific and editor-centric. Even Narendra Modi is a brand! This is the moment that belongs to India.”

Click here for the complete list of winners.

Winner List for the 4th Edition of the IAA Leadership Awards



Marketer of the Year – Banking

Karthi Marshan, Kotak Mahindra Bank

Marketer of the Year – Insurance

Manish Dubey, ICICI Prudential

Marketer of the Year – FMCG – Food

Varun Berry, Britannia

Marketer of the Year – FMCG – Beverage

Nadia Chauhan, Parle Agro

Marketer of the Year – FMCG – Home Care

Ajay Dang, Godrej

Marketer of the Year – FMCG – Personal Care

Samir Singh, Hindustan Unilever

Marketer of the Year – Auto: Two-Wheelers

Yadvinder Singh Guleria, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter

Marketer of the Year – Auto: Passenger Vehicles

Randhir Singh Kalsi, Maruti Suzuki

Marketer of the Year – Consumer Durables

Ranjivjit Singh, Samsung

Marketer of the Year – Mobile Devices

Bhaskar Choudhari, Lenovo

Marketer of the Year – Mobile Services

Srinivasan Gopalan, Bharti Airtel

Marketer of the Year – E-Commerce

Amit Agarwal, Amazon

Marketer of the Year – Home Improvement

Amit Syngle, Asian Paints

Marketer of the Year – Retail

Sanjay Behl, Raymond

CEO of the Year

Kumar Mangalam Birla, Aditya Birla Group

Media Person of the Year

Raj Nayak, COLORS

Television Anchor of the Year

Rajat Sharma, India TV

News Editor of the Year

Sanjay Gupta, Dainik Jagran

Media Agency Head of the Year

Ashish Bhasin, Dentsu

Creative Agency Head of the Year

Josy Paul, BBDO

Hall of Fame

Bharat Patel

Brand Endorser of the Year

Varun Dhawan

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