JWT India Senior VP and Executive Planning Director Mythili Chandrasekar has been awarded the prestigious Patricia Mann Award for Women, a tribute given to only three women from across all countries in the fields of marketing, advertising and media. The other two winners are Alison Chadwick, People Director at Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, and Lee Wright, Managing Director of Dare, both based in London.
WPP Advisory Group member Jeremy Bullmore announced and gave away the awards at a recent ceremony at the IPA headquarters in London's Belgravia.
With this award, Chandrasekar wins a ₤10,000 scholarship to pursue any educational and career development opportunity of her choice.
Instituted just this year, the award is open to women with at least ten years’ experience in the fields of marketing, advertising and media. The entry required not only substantiation of achievements but also demonstrated evidence of the candidate’s further potential for contributing to the industry, and a 1000-word essay on why and what kind of developmental investment the candidate required and how it would benefit her. The trustees and judges comprised highly influential professionals in London.
Chandrasekar plans to fulfil a long-held dream participate in an Executive Education Programme in Strategic Marketing Management at Stanford University, USA.
Said JWT India CEO Colvyn Harris, “While the Mann Award was open to anyone in the industry anywhere in the world, we are particularly happy that a very passionate and committed professional from JWT India was one of the first recipients of this award.”
Anita Gupta, JWT Chennai Managing Partner, said, "Mythili has been instrumental in taking thought leadership at JWT India to a new level and richly deserves this new source of inspiration. I am very sure she will use this opportunity to further strengthen her contributions."
Besides her valuable contribution to clients and brands across the JWT service spectrum, Chandrasekar steers Coffee and Donuts, JWT India's knowledge-sharing blog. She is known for her prolific writing and Brand Chakras, the first eastern view of consumer behaviour.
The Mann Award for Women has been set up in memory of Patricia Mann OBE. Mann was a life-time employee of JWT, who began her career as a secretary and rose to become Vice-President of External Affairs.