IAA India Chapter elects Punit Goenka as president

MUMBAI: ZEEL MD and CEO Punit Goenka has been unanimously elected as the President of the India Chapter of the International Advertising Association (IAA) at its AGM held on today in Mumbai.

IPG Media Brands India CEO Shashi Sinha was elected Vice President. The office bearers would be Sakal Media Group CEO Pradeep Dwivedi Secretary, Another Idea Founder Jaideep Gandhi as Treasurer, and Ramesh Narayan Immediate Past President.

The Members of the Managing Committee elected include BTVI COO Megha Tata, Deshdhoot Group Director Janak Sarda, Mathrubhumi Group JMD M.V. Shreyams Kumar, Eenadu Director I. Venkat, Free Press Journal Director Abhishek Karnani. The list of members co-opted and invited to the Managing Committee will be shortly announced.

Punit Goenka has just relinquished office after a much-acclaimed term as President of the IBF.

During his tenure as MD & CEO, ZEE has won several awards including the Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Award 2015, IMC Fusion Award 2013 for Excellence in Media, Businessworld Infocom ICT Award 2012 and many more.

Punit Goenka was conferred the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Media’ award at the Managing India Awards hosted by AIMA in 2018. He has also received Business Today ‘Best CEO Award’ in the Media and Entertainment category for 2016, MIPTV’s Médaille d’Honneur Award 2016, Economic Times ‘40 Under Forty’ India’s Hottest Business Leaders Award 2014, the ‘Young CEO Award’ by CEO India magazine in 2015 and the IAA Leadership Award 2014 under the category of ‘Media Person of the Year Award’. Goenka has also been recognized as the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ during the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards 2014. Punit was felicitated as the ‘IMPACT Person of the Year’ in 2014.

Speaking on his new role as the President of IAA, Goenka said, “It is an honour for me to take over the mantle of leading the India Chapter of IAA. I am humbled by the faith and trust that my friends and colleagues from the Industry have bestowed on me. It will be my sincere endeavour to work towards strengthening the India Chapter of this prestigious association, taking up initiatives that address key industry concerns and are aimed at enhancing the ecosystem.”

Outgoing President Ramesh Narayan said, “I am delighted that Punit Goenka is taking over as President IAA. His well-known leadership skills and the respect he commands in our industry will undoubtedly take the IAA India Chapter to greater heights. Shashi Sinha is a doyen of the advertising industry and a known performer in industry Associations. The combination is unbeatable.”

IAA Global President-Elect Srinivasan Swamy and RK Swamy BBDO Chairman said, “Punit Goenka is a wonderful leader to have in the year when India will host the 44th. IAA World Congress in Kochi in February 2019. I am very happy that such a distinguished person has taken over the responsibility of leading IAA. It augurs well for the India Chapter.”