Raj Nayak elected as President of The Advertising Club
23 September, 2015

Mumbai, 21st September 2015: The Advertising Club announced the unanimous election of
Mr. Raj Nayak, CEO – COLORS, the flagship channel of Viacom18 as its President at their Annual General Meeting held in Mumbai.

Raj 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.

The new office bearers elected to the Advertising Club are – Group CEO of Zee Media Corporation, Bhaskar Das as the Vice President, Senior Media & Marketing Professional, Mr. Vikram Sakhuja as the Secretary, Chief Marketing Officer at Aditya Birla Group – Financial Services, Ajay Kakkar as the Joint Secretary and CEO of IPG Mediabrands India, Shashi Sinha as the Treasurer. Chairman & Co-founder, The Social Street Pratap Bose will be immediate Past President.

The other members elected to the Managing Committee are: –

• Multi Screen Media’s President, Network Sales, Licensing and Telephony |Rohit Gupta
• Director Agency Business at Google India | Punitha Arumugam
• National Head Sales, English Cluster at Viacom18 Media Pvt. Ltd |Namrata Tata
• Director at Percept Limited & Strategic Brand Consultant |Ajay Chandwani
• Chief Corporate Sales & Marketing Officer at Dainik Bhaskar Group |Pradeep Dwivedi
• Director at AIDEM Ventures Pvt. Ltd & Zirca Digital Solutions |Vikas Khanchandani
• Head of TV Partnerships India at Twitter |Viral Jani

Advertising Veteran and industry leader Ramesh Narayan had been Co-Opted to the Managing Committee.

CEO of McCann World Group India and Chairman (Asia Pacific) Prasoon Joshi has been inducted as Special Invitee and Creative Advisor to the Ad Club.

Director-Consumer Product Division L’Oreal India Pvt Ltd, Satyaki Ghosh has also been inducted as a Special Invitee.

Commenting on his appointment, Raj 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 endeavor to work towards strengthening and building upon the foundation on which the club has been built over the last six decades.”

Welcoming the announcement Ambi M G Parameshwaran – President Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAA’s of I) said ” 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.

Srinivasan Swamy, President, IAA India Chapter and VP-Development, IAA Asia Pacific 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, 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”


About The Ad Club.
Founded in 1954 The Ad Club is an industry body that provides a dynamic platform for professionals from the Advertising, Marketing, Media, Research and Communication fraternity to gain from each other’s experience. The mission of the club is to create forums and events to help its members improve their professional competencies, thereby raising the standards of Indian advertising. It is the organizer of the some of the pre-eminent events of the industry like – Ad Club Awards, The ABBYs, EFFIEs, EMVIEs and Young Achievers. The advertising club along with the AAA’s of I jointly conducts the biggest advertising festival in the country called the Goa Fest.

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