IAA honours for Express Chief Editor Raj Kamal Jha, Amul MD R S Sodhi

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Raj Kamal Jha, Chief Editor of The Indian Express, was conferred the Editor of the Year award by the International Advertising Association (IAA) at a ceremony in Mumbai Friday.

The IAA leadership awards, which honour individuals in the fields of marketing, advertising and media every year, were presented by Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, chief guest at the function, and IAA India chapter president Megha Tata, and The Indian Express Executive Director Anant Goenka who is also a committee member of the IAA India chapter.

In his acceptance speech, Jha said: “For the health of a democracy, there is no more powerful advertisement than the state of the news media. Your freedom of reach and our freedom of speech is one and the same thing.”

“I am up here because of the work of many who are not,” he said. “That is why I take this award on behalf of the families of the six colleagues who we lost to Covid; my colleagues, reporters, editors and photographers who never lose sight, even for a moment, even in the most testing times, that the story we need to tell is bigger than our own; and the Chairman of the Express Group, Mr Vivek Goenka, who is custodian of the space that we protect.”

Jha also thanked Express readers and advertisers for being discerning, demanding of the newspaper.

“(They) push us to find stories that others do not do or will not do. They know the search for truth is not about blue ticks or about hashtags, but it’s about the painstaking work of hard journalism. It needs the generosity of anonymity and not a rant or rave at 9 o’clock in the night. I would like to thank the advertisers who value these audiences, who know the difference between a newsroom that is up for sale and a newsroom that has value,” he said.

R S Sodhi, Managing Director, Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (Amul), received the award for Business Leader of the Year.

Accepting the award, Sodhi presented insights into the Amul campaign. “There are four Ps. First is product where the customer must say it was better than his expectations, it should be pure and unchanged like our butter. Pricing should be affordable and farmers must get the best price. For promotion, we used umbrella branding to cut cost. Consistency in communication was the main pillar for Amul advertising and marketing strategy,” he said, mentioning creative advertising in the language of a particular place as the fourth P.

N P Singh, CEO, Sony Pictures Network India, was honoured with the Mediaperson of the Year award. Film actor Anil Kapoor was awarded Brand Endorser for the Year. Raj Nayak was inducted into the IAA Hall of Fame. Palki Sharma Upadhyay was awarded TV Anchor of the Year.

IAA President, Megha Tata said “It is so rewarding to see the best in the business taking the time to be here and accepting these awards tonight. While I can describe our leaders tonight in many ways, I would just like to say that these unprecedented times call for unprecedented leadership and our leaders today definitely delivered on that.”

Shakti Upadhyay, Head of Marketing & PR, KIA Motors was awarded Marketer of the Year – Auto (Passenger Vehicles). Ranjivjit Singh, Chief Marketing Officer, Hero MotoCorp was awarded Marketer of the Year – Auto (Two Wheelers). Abhiral Bhansali, Product Head – Television Business LG Electronics India Pvt Ltd, was awarded Marketer of the Year – Consumer Durables – Electronics (TV). Asim Warsi, Sr VP & Chief Marketing Officer, Samsung India was awarded Marketer of the Year – Consumer Durables -Others.

Jaskaran Singh Kapany, Chief Marketing Officer, Xiaomi Technology India Private Ltd was awarded Marketer of the Year – Mobile Devices. Rohan Khanna, Head Marketing – Jio, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd was awarded Marketer of the Year – Telecom. Ravi Nagar, Chief Marketing Officer, Avenue Supermarkets Ltd (DMart) was awarded Marketer of the Year – Retail.

Jayen Mehta, Sr GM, Planning and Marketing, Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (Amul) was awarded Marketer of the Year – FMCG -Food. Anjana Ghosh, Director – Marketing and CSR, Bisleri International Pvt Ltd was awarded Marketer of the Year – FMCG -Beverages. Rajesh Krishnamurthy, Business Director – Consumer Products Division, Himalaya Wellness Company was awarded Marketer of the Year – FMCG – Personal care.

Rahul Gyanchandani, Joint Managing Director, RSPL Limited was awarded Marketer of the Year – FMCG – Homecare. Dinesh Kumar Khara, Chairman, State Bank of India was awarded Marketer of the Year – Banking. Shyam Sunder, Executive Director – Corporate Communication, Life Insurance Corporation of India was awarded Marketer of the Year – Insurance.

Sameer Nigam, Founder & CEO, PhonePe was awarded Marketer of the Year – UPI. Ravi Desai, Director, Mass and Brand Marketing, Amazon was awarded Marketer of the Year – E-Commerce. Atit Mehta, Marketing Head – Think & Learn Pvt Ltd, BYJUs was awarded Marketer of the Year – EdTech. Bobby Pawar, Havas Group, was awarded IAA Creative Agency Leader of the Year. Nandini Dias, Lodestar -UM, was awarded IAA Media Agency Leader of the Year.

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