MUMBAI: On 1st. March 2014, at a glittering ceremony in Mumbai to award marketers, media leaders and advertising achievers, the International Advertising Association (IAA) inducted Ramesh Narayan into its Hall of Fame.
This is the highest honor given to a recipient by the IAA.
Kaushik Roy, President Marketing Reliance Industries Ltd. read out the citation where the achievements of Ramesh Narayan were listed. These included the leadership role he played in associations like the Advertising Club, the Advertising Agencies Association of India, Asian Federation of Advertising Associations and the International Advertising Association. It commended him for being an influential force in establishing and nurturing creative awards in the country and for being a dominant factor behind the conduct of the AdAsia 2003 in Jaipur and AdAsia 2011 in New Delhi. It also recalled the decisive role he has played in the Audit Bureau of Circulations and the National Readership Survey and mentioned his thought leadership which helped institure the IAA's flagship projets Lighting a Billion Lives, IAA Olive Crown Awards and the IAA leadership Awards. Finally, it referred to his journalistic achievements and to his social bent of mind.
Ramesh Narayan said he was humbled to receive this great honor. Saying that the industry needed heroes to inspire the younger generation, he accepted the award on behalf "of those unsung heroes whose little contributions have made a big impact" on the industry.
Srinivasan Swamy President IAA said "I am delighted that this award could be conferred on Ramesh in my term as President."
The IAA is a unique partnership of marketers, advertising agencies and the media with a robust presence in 77 countries across the globe.