Srinivasan Swamy has been re-elected as president of International Advertising Association (IAA) in India at the annual general body meeting held in Mumbai. Swamy, chairman of R K Swamy Hansa Group was unanimously elected to the post for the third consecutive term. He already serves on the IAA Global Board as vice president - Development, IAA Asia Pacific.
The other members elected into the Managing Committee were - Abhishek Karnani of The Free Press Journal, Vishakha Singh of Aurora Comms, Manish Adjani of Mahindra SSG, Janak Sarda of Deshdoot, CVL Srinivas of Group M, Avinash Pandey of ABP News, M. V. Shreyams Kumar of Mathrubhumi, Partho Dasgupta of BARC, Bhaskar Das of Zee Media and Rajesh Kejriwal of Kyoorius.
In addition, the following will serve as invited members for the year: Pradeep Guha, Pheroza Billimoria, Sam Balsara, Kaushik Roy, Raj Nayak, Ramesh Narayan, M G Parameswaran, Neville Taraporewalla, Gayatri Yadav, Anita Nayyar, Pradeep Dwivedi, Anand Sankeshwar, Sunil Lulla and Punitha Arumugam. "A few more have been invited and their names will be announced after they accept our invitation," says Swamy.
In his outgoing President's address, Swamy noted that the year that went by was an active one, where 32 events were organised by IAA India. Some of these included two IAA Debates, four IAA Conversations, five IAA Mentorship Webinars, six Knowledge Seminars, three IAA Young Turks Forum events and marquee events like the IAA Olive Crown Awards and the IAA Leadership Awards. There were a few other special ones like the IAA Retrospect & Prospects events in Gurgaon and Mumbai and the IAA Mentorship Programme.
IAA India will be celebrating its Silver Jubilee year in 2014-15. "We have identified at least 20 different platforms to peg our events for the coming year. We have a very good committee and I wouldn't be surprised if we have more than 52 events during the year," highlights Swamy. Pradeep Guha, area director, IAA Asia Pacific adds, "I have no doubt that this will be the best year ever and would set a new benchmark".
IAA is the world's only globally focused integrated advertising trade association with membership representing ad agencies, advertisers and the media. lAA is 75 years old and is headquartered in New York. Membership to the Indian Chapter of IAA is by invitation only and IAA has very senior marketing, advertising and media professionals as it members.