Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder and CEO of Paytm, has won the IMPACT Person of the Year, 2016 Award, instituted by the exchange4media Group to recognize excellence in the Advertising, Media and Marketing domain. Sharma was given the award for revolutionizing the digital ecosystem and financial technology, driving them to altogether new heights of excellence with his innovations and building Paytm into a global brand.
Actor Anil Kapoor, the Chief Guest at the glittering award ceremony, presented the trophy to Sharma.
The other nominees for the award this year were Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog, Govt. of India; Baba Ramdev & Acharya Balkrishna of Patanjali; Bhavish Aggarwal, Founder & CEO of Ola Cabs; Shashi Sinha, CEO of IPG Mediabrands & CVL Srinivas, CEO of GroupM, South Asia (joint nomination).
The selection process for IPOY 2016 was on the basis of industry-wide polls.
Past winners of the IPOY award include Arnab Goswami, then President-News & Editor-in-Chief, Times Now and ET Now (2015), Punit Goenka, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (2014), Vineet Jain, Managing Director of Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd (2013), Ambika Soni, former Minister for Information & Broadcasting (2012), Agnello Dias, Founder, Taproot India and Haresh Chawla, then Group CEO, Network18 and Viacom18 (2011); Uday Shankar, CEO, Star India (2010); Rajesh Kamat, then CEO of Colors (2009); Raghav Bahl, Founder, Network18 and Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief, CNN-IBN (2006).
IMPACT Person of the Year, 2016 had Colors as the presenting partner, and was powered by Sony Liv. The associate partners were 9X, SAB Group and Sakal Media Group, while the co-partners were Firstpost, DNA and Godrej Properties.