The newly elected Executive Council of the Indian Society of Advertisers (ISA) met on September 11, 2014. Saugata Gupta, Managing Director & CEO, Marico has been elected Chairman of ISA. He takes over from Hemant Bakshi, who is relocating to Unilever Indonesia as CEO.
Gupta has been lending his support to the ISA for a long time as his colleagues from senior levels in Marketing and Media have been active in different committees of the ISA. He has rich FMCG experience of over two decades, having worked through ascending career rung in Cadbury (India & UK), ICICI Prudential and Marico.
On his election as Chairman of ISA, Gupta said, “Our focus would be on making industry partnership stronger and in particular to extend all support that is needed to help BARC come up ASAP with industry wide accepted and accurate TV Audience Research data representing viewers across the country. I am looking forward to the exciting times ahead for advertisers, industry partners and fraternity associations to work as a stronger team to harness overall growth of advertising which in turn will help grow businesses and the Indian economy.”
The ISA is the only national body giving a voice to advertisers over the last 60 years. It has advertiser members from across industries who contribute to over two-thirds of the country’s national non-governmental ad spends. ISA, which is member of the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA), continues to partner with other industry bodies that connect to the advertisers such as initiating the formation of BARC.
Other members of the Executive Council are:
Atul Agrawal, Vice President – Corporate Affairs, Group Corporate Communications, Tata Services Ltd.
Abraham Alapatt, Chief Innovation Officer & Head – Marketing and Service Quality, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd.
Narendra Ambwani, Director, Agro Tech Foods Ltd.
Jimmy R. Anklesaria, Director – Business Development, Bajaj Corp Ltd.
J. C. Chopra, Director, Infogain India Private Limited
Paulomi Dhawan, Strategic Advisor, Raymond Limited
Sonali Dhawan, Brand Director, Procter & Gamble Hygiene and Health Care Ltd.
Rajiv Dube, Director, Group Corporate Services and Strategy, Aditya Birla Management Corporation Ltd.
Sunil Kataria, Chief Operating Officer – Sales, Marketing & SAARC, Godrej Consumer Products Ltd.
Beena Leji Koshy, Vice President & Head Advtg. & Brand Development, Bajaj Electricals Ltd
Ajoy K. Misra, Managing Director and CEO, Tata Global Beverages Limited
Anisha Motwani, Director &Chief Marketing Officer, Max Life Insurance Co. Ltd.
Siddhartha Mukherjee, Director – Chocolate Category and Media, Mondelez India Foods Limited
Bharat V. Patel, Independent Director, Birla Sun Life Asset Management Co.Ltd.
Sanjiv Puri, Divisional Chief Executive, ITC Limited
Chandrasekar Radhakrishnan, Head - Communications, Nestle India Ltd.
R. Ramakrishnan, Vice Chairman, Joint MD & Group CEO, Polycab Wires Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Samir Singh, Executive Director, Personal Care Products, Hindustan Unilever Ltd
Brahm Vasudeva, Chairman, Hawkins Cookers Ltd.
The Executive Council and members of the ISA thanked outgoing Chairman Hemant Bakshi for his substantial contribution to ISA. Bakshi on his part reassured ISA of continuous support and participation of Hindustan Unilever and wished the ISA and other industry bodies further success in future.