8 Industry leaders in the reckoning for Impact Person of the Year 2011 award


As 2011 draws to a close, professionals of the Media & Entertainment Industry, which has put in a strong performance during the year, are coming together to honour those captains and leaders from Media, Marketing and Advertising  who have made the maximum impact in their professional spheres. On Thursday, 8th December, with virtually the entire media and entertainment industry in attendance, one industry leader from a stellar nominee shortlist of eight, will be honoured with the Impact Person of the Year 2011 award in Mumbai. His Excellency the Governor of Punjab, Shri Shivraj V Patil, will preside over the award as Chief Guest at a glittering function at ITC Grand Central, Parel, Mumbai, on Thursday, 8th December, 2011, starting at 7.30 pm.

The eight industry leaders who have been nominated by Media, Marketing and Advertising professionals from all over India through Impact magazine and exchange4media.com, are (in alphabetical order): Agnello Dias (Chairman & Co-Founder – TapRoot India), Haresh Chawla (Group CEO, Viacom18), Madhukar Kamath (MD & CEO, Mudra Group), Man Jit Singh (CEO, Multi Screen Media), Rajiv Verma (CEO – Hindustan Media Ltd), Ronnie Screwvala (CEO and Founder-Chairman – UTV Group), Sandeep Goyal (Non-Executive Founder Chairman, Dentsu India) and Vineet Jain (Managing Director – Times Group).

The Impact Person of the Year Award was instituted in 2005 by leading industry platform exchange4media Group, under the aegis of Impact, its flagship weekly publication dedicated to the Media, Marketing and Advertising domains. Anurag Batra, Chairman & Editor-in-Chief, exchange4media Group and Impact, said, “Today, winning the Impact Person of the Year award denotes the highest professional achievement by an industry leader – not only in terms of contribution to one’s own organisation, but to the industry as a whole.”

Shailesh Gupta, Director Marketing, Jagran Group, said, “The awards recognize and acclaim industry leaders who infuse, influence and impact the media world with the dynamism of their ideas and the power of their execution.”
The shortlist of nominees and the ultimate winner of the Impact Person of the Year Award are chosen by professionals from the industry through a robust three-stage selection process commandeered by IMRB International.

Profiles of the nominees for Impact Person of the Year 2011:

Agnello Dias, Chairman & Co-founder, TapRoot India: A pioneer in the creative world for about two decades, Dias has won laurels on several international award platforms with winning stints at Leo Burnett and JWT. Over the years, he has become one of the most influential people in Indian advertising for reinstating faith in creative entrepreneurship in India. This advertising wordsmith is the brain behind the catchy Airtel jingle, Har Ek Friend Zaroori Hota Hai.


Haresh Chawla, Group CEO, Viacom18: He has been with the Network18 Group for the last 10 years as Group CEO of Viacom18, and has driven unprecedented growth to put all brands in the Viacom18 Group (MTV, Nick, Vh1 and Studio18, Colors) in leadership positions. Under his leadership, both Network18 and the Viacom18 Group have reached out to more than 300 million households across multiple platforms  of television, print, films, mobile and Internet. With brands that reach out to all possible demographics, Viacom18 is today India’s leading multimedia entertainment platform.


Madhukar Kamath, MD & CEO, Mudra Group; Chairman of the Organising Committee for AdAsia 2011: Under Kamat’s leadership, Mudra got transformed from an advertising agency into one of India’s leading Integrated Marketing Communications groups, with capitalized billings in the region of Rs 2,500 crore. A veteran of nearly 20 years in advertising and marketing communications, Kamath has led the company in its best years. He has actively participated in and led several industry bodies. He has served as President of the AAAI and Chairman of ASCI (The Advertising Standards Council of India). Currently, he is on the Board of ABC and was Chairman of the organizing committee for the recently concluded AdAsia 2011.

Man Jit Singh, CEO, Multi Screen Media (MSM): Heading one of India’s largest broadcasting companies – Multi Screen Media (MSM), Singh has been the brain behind the remarkable revival of Sony Entertainment Television. He joined the SET India board from Diogenes Capital, LLC, a private equity fund in Los Angeles, California, where he was a Principal. Singh has held the CEO’s position in several companies. A robust network of SAB, Sony, Pix and Max was created under his strong leadership. Today, these channels are among the most watched in the country.


Rajiv Verma, Chief Executive Officer, Hindustan Times Media Limited: Under Verma’s leadership,  HT Media Ltd flagships, Hindustan Times and Hindustan,  have become two of the fastest growing publications of the country. After joining the Company as CEO in October 2004, Verma has provided the necessary leadership and direction required to achieve the company’s short- and long-term objectives. He brings with him over 24 years of cross-sector experience with reputed companies like Hindustan Lever, Nestle and Whirlpool. Verma’s international experience spans South East Asia and European geographies, with stints at Whirlpool in Thailand and Nestle in the Philippines and Switzerland.

Ronnie Screwvala, CEO and founder chairman of UTV Group: Under Screwvala’s stewardship, UTV has moved to the top position in programming after its association with Walt Disney. A media giant and film producer, Screwvala has grabbed global attention for his ability to keep business interests in prime focus. Steering a successful partnership with global media giants, he has empowered UTV group on almost all available broadcasting platforms. Screwvala, who pioneered the country’s organised cable TV services, is also a known name in advertising, films and has been a pioneering television producer with such popular TV serials as Lifeline and Shanti.

Sandeep Goyal, Non-Executive Founder Chairman, Dentsu India: The ad world sees Dentsu India as synonymous with its Founder-Chairman, Sandeep Goyal, who has seen the agency evolve from scratch. After partnership with Dentsu of Japan in 2003, he took Dentsu India to a new high. Goyal is the maker of campaigns such as HDFC Life Insurance’s Sar Utha Ke Jiyo and Aircel’s Save Our Tigers, which initiated crucial associations with marketers such as Aircel, Lavasa and IndiaBulls.

Vineet Jain, Managing Director, Times Group: Vineet Jain, MD of the Times Group, is credited with the rapid expansion of the group into television and Internet to complement the existing print publications. With him at the helm of affairs, the Times Group has sustained the leadership positions of The Times of India and Economic Times brands — the world’s largest English newspaper and second largest business paper respectively. Jain is responsible for growing the television business through channels like Times Now, Zoom, ET Now and, recently, Movies Now. Under his guidance, the Times Group continues its leadership through innovation and differentiation.

Courtesy  – Adfactors PR

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