Colors CEO Raj Nayak is new Ad Club president

MUMBAIColors CEO Raj Nayak has been elected as the new president of The Advertising Club. 


Nayak steps into the shoes of outgoing president Pratap Bose, who is chairman & co-founder of Social Street.


 The new Advertising Club office bearers elected at the Annual General Meeting held in Mumbai are: Zee Media Corporation group CEO Bhaskar Das as the vice president, Madison Media's Vikram Sakhuja as secretaryAditya Birla Group Financial Services chief marketing officer Ajay Kakkar as joint secretary and  IPG Mediabrands India CEO Shashi Sinha as treasurer


The other members elected to the Managing Committee are: -


· Multi Screen Media president, network sales, licensing and telephony Rohit Gupta

· Google India agency business director Punitha Arumugam

· Viacom18 Media national head sales, English cluster Namrata Tata 

· Percept director & strategic brand consultant Ajay Chandwani

· Dainik Bhaskar group chief corporate sales & marketing officer Pradeep Dwivedi 

· AIDEM Ventures & Zirca Digital Solutions director Vikas Khanchandani

· Twitter India head of TV partnerships Viral Jani



Advertising veteran and industry leader Ramesh Narayan was co-opted to the Managing Committee.


McCann World Group India CEO and chairman (Asia Pacific) Prasoon Joshi was inducted as special invitee and creative advisor to the Ad Club.


L'Oreal India consumer product division director Satyaki Ghosh was also inducted as a special invitee.


Nayak said“I am humbled by the faith and trust that my friends and well wishers in the industry have bestowed on me. It will be my sincere endeavour to work towards strengthening and building upon the foundation on which the club has been built over the last six decades." 


Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAA’s of I) president Ambi M G Parameshwaran added, "Ad Club is a wonderful institution with a great legacy of achievements. I am delighted to hear that Raj Nayak is taking over as its next president. I am sure he will bring his own brand of energy, excitement and innovation to take The Ad Club to greater heights. We at AAAI look forward to a great partnership with the Ad Club in all our joint industry efforts."


IAA India Chapter president and IAA Asia Pacific Srinivasan Swamy said,  "With Raj Nayak as president, we can expect to see a new phase in Ad Club's history, which will be more vibrant, more purposeful, more relevant and more classy. IAA India, if invited, would be happy to partner with Ad Club on initiatives that build the competencies of the industry at various levels. There are a few events/properties that are exclusive to Ad Club or IAA, but clearly there are opportunities where cooperation between the two will be synergistic. IAA looks forward to this interesting phase with great enthusiasm."


Nayak, an industry veteran, has been on various industry bodies including the Indian Broadcasters Foundation, Advertising Standards Council of India & The International Advertising Association - India Chapter. He was chosen earlier this year to lead the Indian delegation to Ad Asia 2015 to be held in Taipei in November.

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