The Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) on July 29 announced its newly-instituted ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ as the highest honour to be given to an individual in India for his/her outstanding contribution to the advertising industry. The first recipient of this Award is Ranjan Kapur, Country Manager-India, WPP.
The Award would be presented to Kapur on August 14 in Mumbai for his outstanding contribution and development of professionalism in the Indian advertising industry.
“With Indian advertising being recognised the world over today, we at AAAI have instituted this Award to recognise the contributions of the people who have taken the advertising industry to where it stands today,” explained Madhukar Kamath, President, AAAI.
The AAAI Lifetime Achievement Award would be presented annually and would recognise the recipient individual’s contribution in areas like leadership of the industry as an individual; contribution towards advancement and professionalism in the industry; example of personal integrity, values and ethics consistent with the standards expected.
Kamath added, “Ranjan Kapur is an extremely well respected professional and leader in our world, with over four decades of experience in the industry. He is indeed an inspiration to us all and a most deserving recipient of this Award. By bestowing this honour upon Ranjan, we salute his contribution to the Indian advertising industry.”
Kapur is best remembered for his 10-year stint as Chairman, Ogilvy & Mather, India, and taking it to its leadership position. That during his tenure as CEO, Ogilvy became India’s most celebrated agency was largely attributed to Kapur’s ability to identify and empower people to take it to greater and greater heights.