Deepak Jolly, Vice President-Public Affairs and Communication, Coca-Cola India, has been conferred the ‘Communicator of the Year Award’ at the Annual Achievers Award 2006 for his contribution in the field of public affairs and communications. The Annual Achievers Award has been instituted by the Public Relations Council of India.
LV Nagarajan, MD, Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd, presented the award at ‘Metamorphis’, a three-day global meet on corporate communications that was held in Bangalore from March 15-17.
Jolly, who has been in the field of public affairs and communications for over 24 years, specialises in corporate communications, public policy, corporate social responsibility and consumer response. He has spearheaded many successful strategic stakeholder engagements for different corporates that he has worked for. In his current role, Jolly is a member of the Leadership Council for Coca-Cola India.
“This award has been a humbling experience. It is a recognition of the entire public relations industry and the efforts of its practitioners. Over the last 24 years, I have seen the corporate communications function transform itself from being reactive to adopting a proactive approach. It has now assumed the role of a strategic contributor to a company’s success,” said Jolly.
Bob Firth, President, Shell Technology India Pvt. Ltd; Captain GR Gopinath, MD, Air Deccan; M Thiagrajan, MD, Paramount Airways; Vaugn Richtor, MD and CEO, ING Vyasa Bank Ltd; Giri Dua, Chairman and MD, TASMAC Institute; S Narendra, Former PIO to the Prime Minister and Advisor to the Centre for Media Studies; TN Seetharam, Director, Teleserials; and Dr Suniti Solomon, Chairperson, YRG Care, were some of the other awardees.