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Ajay Kakar, Vikram Sakhuja to head Effies 2015

MUMBAI: The Advertising Club today announced the appointment of Ajay Kakar as the chairperson and Vikram Sakhuja as the co-chair for this year’s Effies. The grand awards ceremony will be held at the sea-side lawns of Hotel Taj Land’s End in Mumbai on 15 January, 2016, and will be attended by over 1,000 professionals from the industry.

The Effie Awards are marketing communications awards given yearly by Effie Worldwide, Inc., a non-profit organisation, started in 1960 in the United States by the New York Marketing Association.

In India, Effies was instituted by The Advertising Club in 2001 as the first Asian partner for Effies New York. Effies is the only awards that provide recognition to campaigns for their direct impact on return on investments for a brand at the market place with special attention given to effectiveness and results.

In its 15th year, Effies will celebrate not only the advertising agency behind the campaign, but also the client.

Ad Club president, Colors CEO Raj Nayak said, “The Effies is an institution by itself giving due recognition to campaigns that engage consumers thereby furthering a brand’s promise and proposition. I would like to congratulate Ajay Kakar and Vikram Sakhuja for this new project that they will be leading. The entire advertising community looks forward to the Effies and I am certain that they will strengthen its credibility within the industry.”

Aditya Birla Group CMO – Financial Services Ajay Kakar said, “Over the past four years that I have chaired the Effies, I have seen a growing support and participation. Every year has broken the record entries and number of participating agencies, from the previous year.‎ I believe this demonstrates the underlying need and demand for marketing campaigns that are not only creative, but more importantly, work for the brand and business. And I am confident that this year’s Effies will again beat last year’s record. And be even bigger and better.”

Madison Media and OOH Group CEO Vikram Sakhuja added, “For me it is imperative for advertising to drive demand and strengthen brand value. It is therefore an honour to be part of the Effies which is the undisputed champion of effectiveness in India and worldwide.”

Earlier this year, Kakar and Sakhuja were also inducted as the new office bearers of The Advertising Club. While, Sakhuja was elected as the secretary, Kakar was elected as the joint secretary.