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Colvyn Harris steps down mid-term as AAAI Prez; an unusual election expected ahead

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Colvyn Harris steps down mid-term as AAAI Prez; an unusual election expected ahead

The Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) is witnessing an unusual year. AAAI President Colvyn Harris, CEO, JWT India, has announced that he would not continue with the second year of the conventional two-year AAAI President’s term. For several years now, the usual norm at the AAAI has seen the default election of the Vice President as the President. However, this year, the Association is set to see an election process for the President’s position.

The contenders are current Vice President, Nagesh Alai, Executive Director, Interface Communication and Dentsu India’s Chairman Sandeep Goyal. Industry sources explained that the AAAI would be seeing a President election after the many years.

Giving some more details, Harris explained that there was nothing specified for a two-year term for an AAAI President, but that was how conventionally the President’s term at AAAI had been for several years now.

Speaking on his decision to step down as President, he said, “I will continue to work for the Association, but the need of the hour for me is to spend more time at JWT India, and that would need a lot more attention. I cannot spend as much time on the AAAI given this, and hence, I have decided not to stand for a second year.”

He added, “I would advise that we follow convention and the Vice President, who by virtue of his role has already spent time at the Association, should be the next President. However, the AAAI clauses allow for an election, and it really now depends on how industry members approach this.”

The last day for nomination of candidates is July 7, 2010. So far, there are only two contestants.

Needless to say, the industry has been abuzz with all kinds of conversations ranging from GoaFest controversies to Delhi representation in the AAAI given the forthcoming elections. The decision of who the next President is would be known at the AAAI annual general meeting on July 30, 2010.


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