Impact Person of the Year: D-Day has arrived!

Industry leaders take a guess at who will walk away with the title tonight

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Dec 7, 2018 9:09 AM

D-Day is here and the spotlight will shine on the winner of the 14th IMPACT Person of the Year award at the Grand Ballroom of Taj Santacruz, Mumbai tonight. Just before the moment of truth, however, industry leaders share their top picks on who they think is the most deserving winner among the nine nominees this year.

This year, the nominees for the award are Naveen Tewari, Founder and CEO, InMobi; Nadia Chauhan, Joint MD & CMO, Parle Agro; Sanjay Gupta, Managing Director, Star India; Deepak Iyer, Managing Director, Mondelez India; Rajan Anandan, Vice President, South East Asia and India, Google; Ritesh Agarwal, Founder, Oyo; Sanjiv Mehta, Chairman & MD, Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL); Piyush Pandey, Executive Chairman and Creative Director, Ogilvy South Asia and Prasoon Pandey, Director, Corcoise Films; and Sriharsha Majeti, Rahul Jaimini, Nandan Reddy, Co-founders, Swiggy.  

Here is what some senior industry leaders have to say about the nominee of their choice and why they think he or she should win the coveted IPOY 2018 title.


Raj Nayak, COO, Viacom18

Most of the people who have been nominated are my friends. Also, all the nominees are super-achievers in their own right. This makes it very difficult to pick one name. However, there are two or three people who have done fabulous work for their organization. Sanjiv Mehta of HUL had a great turnover and great story this year. Sanjay Gupta of Star TV has played a key role in the Star TV’s fabulous performance, with the acquisition of IPL, and the company that it has evolved into. I also think Nadia Chauhan is deserving because she’s taken Parle Agro to a completely new level.


Amer Jaleel, Group Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, MullenLowe Lintas Group

For me it’s 100% Swiggy because they’ve changed the game in my house the most. It used to be a task thinking of a place you want to order your food from, but now whatever you want, you call Swiggy and you get it. In my family, Swiggy has had the biggest impact and if there are many families like that, then it has to be the biggest impact anyone has ever made.


Jyoti Bansal, CEO, PHD India

My vote goes to Sriharsha Majeti, Rahul Jaimini and Nandan Reddy of Swiggy for what they’ve done for office lunches and the way India orders its food today.


Santosh Padhi, Chief Creative Officer & Co-founder, Taproot Dentsu

Nadia Chauhan should win because of the aggressive work that she and Parle Agro have done so wonderfully for some of the Parle products, despite a few ups and downs in the category. They have still emerged in a strong way and she’s the one who has been fronting the brand and deserves to win the IPOY title, among the nominees that have been listed.


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