IAA Leadership announced the winners for their seventh edition

The International Advertising Association’s (IAA) India Chapter announced the winners for the seventh edition of the coveted Leadership Awards at St Regis Hotel, Mumbai. ZEE was the presenting partner for the event.

Punit Goenka, President, IAA India, MD & CEO, ZEE Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. said “The IAA India Chapter has been working relentlessly to enhance the stature of our marquee properties to enrich them with engaging and thought provoking conversations, and celebrate the commendable work being done by leaders across sectors. The 7th edition of the IAA Leadership Awards was one such exceptional evening that celebrated and applauded true leaders who have positively contributed to the economy, changed the landscape of the M&E industry and created global brands. The support received from the guests present at the event reinforces our commitment to keep working towards creating initiatives that benefit the M&E industry.”

Dr. Bhaskar Das, Group President, Republic TV, Co-Chairperson of IAA Leadership Awards said “ IAA Leadership Awards is a humble attempt to honour industry doyens in the fields of Marketing, Advertising and Media, who have made enormous professional contributions and delivered business success to their companies. Because only we know the challenges, the hardships, the dilemma of ethics, the sacrifices and the tough decisions that go into making a leader - to stand tall, to stand true.”

A panel discussion moderated by CVL Srinivas, Country Manager-WPP India,on “Platform is critical. Content be dammed” with eminent panellists - CVL Srinivas, Country Manager-WPP India, Punit Misra,CEO- Domestic Broadcast Business, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd., Sameer Nair, CEO-Applause Entertainment, Nandini Dias, CEO-Lodestar UM, and  Pooja Jauhari, CEO –The Glitchtouched upon how content, platform and the consumer are interlinked and how content and platform is a function of time and how data driven insights are helpful in generating timely content.
Srinivasan Swamy, Chairman and World President IAA emphasized the IAA global priority being  one- to grow IAA, get more membership. He said “We can now trace the progress of Chapters geographically”. The second being to promote education across.
The IAA Media Agency Leader of the Year was presented to Prasanth Kumar, GroupM; IAA TV Anchor of the Year to Rahul Kanwal , India Today Group ; IAA Media Person of the Year to Sanjay Gupta, Star India and IAA Media Game Changer of the Year to Virendra Gupta and Umang Bedi of  Dailyhunt.
IAA India inducted Kaushik Roy into the IAA Hall of Fame for going beyond  the call of duty and having made a significant contribution to advertising, marketing and society.
Thanking Kaushik Roy, President Brand Strategy & Marketing Communication, Reliance Industries Limited, said “It is a great honor that doesn’t come easy, especially from IAA that has been a global body for 80 years. One must keep the fire in the belly alive: To Grow - Stay Hungry”.


Winner List - 7th Edition of the IAA Leadership Awards 2019

Sr No




Marketer of the Year - Auto

(Four Wheelers)

Shashank Srivastava

Executive Director, Sales & Marketing

Maruti Suzuki India Ltd


Marketer of the Year - Auto

(Two Wheelers)

Narayan Sundararaman

Vice President - Marketing

Bajaj Auto Ltd


Marketer of the Year - Mobile Devices

Karan Shroff

Head- Brand Marketing

Xiaomi Technology India Private Ltd


Marketer of the Year - E-Commerce

Anil Goteti

Sr Vice President - Marketing

Flipkart Pvt Ltd


Marketer of the Year - Consumer Durables – Electronics (TV)

Ranjivjit Singh

Chief Marketing Officer

Samsung India Electronics Pvt. Ltd


Marketer of the Year - Consumer Durables - Others

Amit Gujral

Chief Marketing Officer

LG Electronics India Pvt Ltd


Marketer of the Year – Cellular Services

Pankaj Pawar

Business Head- Jio

Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited


Marketer of the Year - FMCG -Food

R S Sodhi

Managing Director

Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (Amul)


Marketer of the Year - FMCG -Beverages

Nadia Chauhan


Parle Agro Pvt. Ltd. 


Marketer of the Year - FMCG - Personal care

Sandeep Kohli

Executive Director, Personal Care

Unilever Group


Marketer of the Year - FMCG - Homecare

Priya Nair

Executive Director, Home Care

Unilever Group


Marketer of the Year – Banking & Finance

Rajnish Kumar


State Bank of India


Marketer of the Year – Non Banking Financial Company (NBFC)

Manev Mianwal

Chief Marketing Officer

Bajaj Finserv Limited



Marketer of the Year - Insurance

D N Joshi

Executive Director - Marketing/Product Development

Life Insurance Corporation of India


Marketer of the Year – Retail

V Subramaniam


Reliance Retail Limited 


IAA Media Agency Leader of the Year


Prasanth Kumar 





IAA Creative Agency Leader of the Year


Piyush Pandey




IAA Media Person of the Year

Sanjay Gupta

Star India


IAA Editor of the Year

Bodhisatva Ganguli

The Economic Times


IAA TV Anchor of the Year

Rahul Kanwal

India Today Group



IAA Brand Endorser of the Year

Taapsee Pannu



IAA Media Game Changer of the Year

Virendra Gupta / Umang Bedi




IAA Hall of Fame

Kaushik Roy



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