The votes have been cast. Soon, a winner will be announced. Should we call the chosen one a winner? Not really, because the award, in essence, is a celebration of an inspiring individual’s contribution to the industry. The Impact Person of the Year 2006 will be announced on February 8, 2007.
Celebrating excellence on its way, the Impact Person of the Year has evolved in its second year. Sixteen stalwarts have reached the nomination list after incisive research by TNS India, wherein the industry was asked to vote for peers who inspired them most through action in the year gone by.
And, the nominees are: Ashutosh Srivastava of GroupM, R Balakrishnan of Lowe, Colvyn Harris of JWT, Girish Agrawal of Bhaskar Group, Kalanithi Maran of Sun Network, A P Parigi of ENIL, Piyush Pandey of O&M, Raghav Behl of TV18, Rajdeep Sardesai of CNN-IBN/IBN7, Sandeep Goyal of Dentsu, Sanjeev Bikhchandani of Naukri.com, Shobhana Bhartia of HT Media, Srinivasan K Swamy of RK Swamy/BBDO, Subhash Chandra of Zee, T Venkatram Reddy of Deccan Chronicle, and Vineet Jain of BCCL.
In its first year, the industry raised a toast to Peter Mukerjea through the Impact Person of the Year. The chosen one has been making more than ripples at the beginning of this year too, with the shuffles at STAR creating more impact than most news stories we’ve seen – at least in January 2007.
We attempt to take you through the profiles of nominees over the next three days, with updates and information on them and the event itself. Let’s take a look at some of the accomplishments of the first four nominees, in alphabetical order, which might have helped peers look up to them as deserving candidates for the title.
Ashutosh Srivastava - GroupM
Moving from the shadows of MindShare, other GroupM entities like Maxus and Mediaedge: cia found their own identity under the leadership of Srivastava. In addition to this, Srivastava can also be credited for the launching of diversified units in areas of data analytics, branded entertainment and in the digital space. After putting the Indian operations on a firm high, he found himself in the Singapore office of MindShare.
Balakrishnan R – Lowe
From winning awards to making movies, 2006 has been a good year for Balki – and Lowe. News of some significant developments and Balki’s moving was speculated on. That aside, the man behind many an unforgettable campaign – and brand – is still regarded as highly for the creativity in his advertising as he is for his approach to advertising creative. After the EFFIE night in Mumbai, he stated in as many words that ‘It was just another day.’ One must admire him for the consistency – he doesn’t deny the high. It’s quite possible that some Illayaraaja fans voted for him too. And it’s also a surety that many, many of us are waiting eagerly for ‘Cheeni Kum’ to hit the silver screen.
Colvyn Harris - JWT
The last two years have seen some pleasant changes at JWT India. Moving on from where they left off the year before, JWT India’s creative tornadoes shone bright at many an international festival. Such recognition brought with it a respectable number of points to climb into the Gunn Report. But something tells us that as JWT balances its suit-strength with creative poise, it is more than just awards that it will garner. Harris, according to several people in the industry, has played a vital role in this transition. Cannes proved to be a good hunting ground this year. And birdies keep telling us that they’re set for another decent haul across awards next year too.
Girish Agrawal - Bhaskar Group
From being a regional player, the Bhaskar Group took on traditional leaders in several markets and entered new areas with Girish Agrawal playing a key role. The group made headlines with their foray into the English news space with DNA. Under the guidance of Agarwal, the large number of investments and the DNA combination helped consolidate their position in the market. This year has started off with a bang for Bhaskar Group as well as Agarwal with them being in line to buy out Prabhat Khabar. Last year also saw Agrawal being honoured with an E&Y Award, an endorsement of Bhaskar Group’s growing strength.
We will be back tomorrow with more nominees as we close in on the 8th of this month.
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