Public relations evangelist in India and Managing Director, Ketchum Sampark, NS Rajan, has been inducted in the Hall of Fame by Public Relations Council of India (PRCI) at the recently concluded Global PR Conclave 2012.
HK Dua, Member of Parliament and former Editor-in-Chief of The Times of India; K Subramanyam, Director General of Police, Maharashtra; Dr N Prabhu Dev, Vice-Chancellor of Karnataka University; CV Prasad, CEO, Gradatim, Chennai; MB Jayaram, Executive Director KPCL and Chairman Emeritus PRCI; and ND Rajpal, President, PRCI, were present on the occasion.
Every year, PRCI looks at eminent professionals from the public relations discipline in India and selects the chosen ones for inclusion in the Hall of Fame.
Rajan has been nurturing and re-defining the public relations industry in India with his strong belief in consulting and advisory approach at a time when the industry didn’t have these words in its dictionary. “I dedicate this recognition to each of my colleagues, past and present, who have contributed to make what Ketchum Sampark is today,” Rajan said.
Rajan started his career with the Associated Cement Companies (ACC), followed by Essar Group, where he headed its Corporate Communications Team. He successfully guided all communications related to Essar Group’s metamorphosis into one of India’s largest industrial houses with interests in steel, oil, shipping and telecom – including helping the group raise several billion dollars from the capital markets.
Under his stewardship, Sampark, started in 1994, has developed and executed communications campaigns for several global and Indian brands like DSP Merrill Lynch, ICICI Prudential, Fitch Ratings, ICICI Venture, Bajaj Auto, Tech Mahindra, Hutch Vodafone, ABB, Exide, Lafarge and so on.
In 2011, Ketchum Inc, a leading global communications firm, acquired a majority stake in Sampark PR Pvt Ltd after a four-long year preferred partner relationship. The joint alliance, Ketchum Sampark Pvt Ltd, part of the Omnicom Group, significantly expanded Ketchum’s presence in South Asia, complementing Ketchum’s strong network in the Asia-Pacific region, which includes Greater China, Australia, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand, to partner with clients.