The jury meet for the fifth edition of IMPACT’s 50 Most Influential Women took place in Mumbai on Wednesday, with much traction on social media as to the composition of the eminent jury.
The jury was chaired by Sam Balsara, MD & Chairman, Madison World. Besides Balsara, the jury comprised Ambi MG Parameswaran, Advisor, FCB Ulka, Arvind Sharma, Chairman, Cheetahsoft Technologies, I Venkat, Director, Eenadu, Rohit Gupta, President, Sony Pictures Networks, Sandeep Goyal,Chairman, Mogae Group, Shireesh Joshi, COO, Strategic Marketing Group, Godrej Industries, Sunil Gautam, Founder & Partner, Pitchfork Partners Strategic Consulting LLP, Timmy Kandhari, MD, Sapphire Professional Services Pvt. Ltd, Vikas Khanchandani, Director, AIDEM Ventures Pvt. Ltd.
IMPACT’s 50 Most Influential Women List is a property which salutes the spirit of women achievers, and when the salute comes from seasoned veterans in the industry, especially men who believe in the power of women, it should only be read as a token of respect for these achievers. Not that IMPACT didn’t consider having women on the jury panel, just that, whoever was fit to sit on the panel was fitter to be on the list of the power women who were being judged for their accomplishments. It would have been unfair to put them in the jury and not amongst the candidates who deserve to be honoured and written about. Interestingly, some of those we contacted to be on the jury preferred to be considered amongst the nominees and not backstage.
Said Sam Balsara, “We all know that women have played a dominant role in advertising, media and marketing functions. I am glad that IMPACT decided to painstakingly arrive at the list of 50 Most Influential Women in order to recognize their outstanding contribution. Believe you me it is a herculean task and the jury debated, argued and fought vigorously to give them their due. My thanks to all jury members devoting many endless hours to do this job and for doing it with enthusiasm. I am glad that the industry looks forward to this list with anticipation as much as the women themselves.”
Commenting on the jury meet, Raj Nayak, CEO of Colors, said, “Colors has been associated with IMPACT’s property of 50 Most Influential Women since its inception and this has been our way of recognising the power of women in our industry. Truth be told, the job of the jury is extremely difficult considering that in a communication industry everyone exerts some influence and to narrow the contenders down to 50 and rank them is a brave effort.”
Annurag Batra, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of exchange4media Group shared, “There is a new normal in terms of creating and celebrating more women leaders. Our industry has more women leaders than any industry. Impact Top 50 Women celebrates that and other industries can learn from our women leaders and industry.”
“The reality is none of the women want to be on the jury because they will end up judging their peers while being a nominee themselves. So there is a conflict of interest,” he further added.
Nawal Ahuja, Co-founder of the exchange4media Group, said the award itself is about women, and “the power they hold and their influential persona”. “We salute every woman who is a nominee,” he stated.