Raymond So & Srinivasan Swamy elected as Chairman & Vice Chairman of AFAA

The General Body of the Asian Federation of Advertising Associations (AFAA) at its 19th General Body meeting held recently in Taipei elected Mr. Raymond So, representing the Taipei Association of Advertising Agencies (TAAA) as the Chairman of its Executive Committee for a period of four years. Mr. Srinivasan K Swamy representing the Advertising Council of India was elected (ACI) Vice Chairman. Mr. Ramesh Narayan also representing ACI was elected Chief Strategy Officer.

Raymond said “I am delighted to be elected the new Chairman of AFAA. AFAA has taken many successful new initiatives in the past four years with the support of our members. I’ll work to further unify our member associations to address key issues and opportunities in advertising in the new digital world. We will work together to use our professional knowledge and skills to bring meaningful contributions to both regional and national socio-economic development.”

Mr. Swamy said “It is an honour to be elected the Vice Chairman of AFAA. Our goal will be to take the excellent work done by AFAA members to new heights across Asia. I look forward to greater cooperation and participation from all member countries." He reiterated AFAA'S involvement in the IAA Olive Crown awards in India and said this was an example of how industry
associations could jointly work on issues of common interest. He also lauded the role of the Advertising Council of India in actively supporting AFAA 's FastTrack program that helps young professionals in our industry.

The new four-person Executive Committee consists of
Chief Strategy Officer:           Ramesh Narayan     Advertising Council of India
Chief Revenue Officer:          Lee Soon Dong       Korea Federation of Advertising Associations
Chief Knowledge Officer:     Bharat Avalani        Malaysian Advertisers Association
Chief Marketing Officer:       Harris Thajeb          Komisi Periklanan Indonesia

AFAA is well known in the Asian region for the biennial AFAA AdAsia Congress its members organize. AdAsia 2017 will be held in the magical island of Bali in November. AFAA has also helped incubate the DigiAsia (14-17 November, 2016 in Taipei) and the AFAA FastTrack, a professional training programme which will be held early next year in Kuala Lumpur.


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