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Nominees for IMPACT Person of the Year 2015 unveiled

After a month of inviting nominations for the IMPACT Person of the Year (IPOY) award 2015 and a period of meticulous scrutiny to pick only the very relevant among names suggested industry-wide, the exchange4media Group today announced the final set of eight nominees for the IPOY title this year.

As always, the nominees are those that have made a substantial contribution to their own business as well as industry bodies and adopted practices that are likely to have great impact in the foreseeable future. This year’s nominees (in alphabetical order of names) are:

AMITABH KANT, Secretary, Industrial Policy and Promotion, Govt. of India – He is the.quiet unassuming man behind such cult branding campaigns as God’s Own Country, Atithi Devo Bhaba and Incredible India, which held up the country as an attractive destination to the world. He is now the custodian of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, spearheading it with huge success. He is also Chairman of the ambitious Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC) which promises to make a huge leap forward in the delivery of services and goods once operational.

ARNAB GOSWAMI, President- News & Editor-in-Chief, Times NOW and ET NOW – Arnab Goswami has re-defined what English television news is in India. Goswami led Times Now to leadership in less than a year of launching the channel in 2006, a position the channel continues to hold in the over competitive news space. In June this year, he was elevated to President – News & Editor-in-Chief, Times Now and ET. Under him, ET NOW has gained leadership position in the business news genre, with high convergence between digital and television across Times Network.

ASHISH BHASIN, ‎Chairman & CEO South Asia, Dentsu Aegis Network –  When he joined Aegis (before it was bought over by Dentsu in 2012), it was in bad shape and had a staff strength of 45 people. Now, under Bhasin’s leadership, the agency has amassed over 1,700 staffers, acquired multiple creative and digital hotshops, won major clients and is well on its way to success. Bhasin’s personal journey has also been tremendously successful, with recognition and awards coming his way this year.

CVL SRINIVAS, CEO of GroupM, South Asia –. Under CVL Srinivas’s leadership, GroupM India has dominated industry awards with over 400 metals and won over 100 new businesses over the last one year. Under his guidance, GroupM has expanded from 7 offices in India to 11. Srini is the mastermind behind GroupM’s New ME, that has helped launched several initiatives in digital, content, experiential marketing and analytics, laying the foundation of the agency of the future.

As per RECMA ratings GroupM agencies have over 43% market share in India- an all-time high for the conglomerate. GroupM also has a dominating position in the RECMA qualitative ratings as well with a 45% share. Srini has taken a leadership position to work with agencies, brands and broadcasters to find viable solutions to challenges facing the industry such as TV measurement ratings and ad cap regulations. He was also the Chairman of the Media Research Users Council (MRUC).

KUNAL BAHL, Co-founder and CEO, Snapdeal - Kunal Bahl is co-founder & CEO of Jasper, which runs the leading online buying portal Jasper is now a 300-member strong organization with operations in 30 cities and five countries, and leads the way in building consumer services centred around couponing in a culture obsessed with deals. has attracted huge funding and partnered with several global marquee investors to deliver products across the country to 5000+ cities and towns in India. Bahl has himself invested in other start-ups too.

NIKESH ARORA, President & CEO, SoftBank Corp - Nikesh Arora is one of the most sought-after investors in Indian start-ups, and is well known for his sharp business acumen and entrepreneurial mindset even outside the start-up ecosystem. Under him, Softbank has invested in start-ups like Snapdeal and Ola. Before joining SoftBank, he was Google's Chief Business Officer and its highest paid executive. Arora had been instrumental in opening up new advertising markets at Google, and made big inroads into display ads.

RANA KAPOOR, Co-founder, MD & CEO, Yes Bank - Rana Kapoor likes to call himself “a professional entrepreneur”. Under his leadership, Yes Bank has grown, in a span of a decade, to become the fifth biggest private sector bank in India. A high achiever throughout his career, Kapoor has been felicitated with various national and international awards and is highly involved in many socially responsible initiatives. Yes Bank’s July-September quarter earnings beat analysts' expectations, as profits increased 26.4% year-on-year to Rs 610.4 crore.

VIJAY SHEKHAR SHARMA, Founder & CEO, Paytm- Paytm, the mobile payment platform founded by Vijay Shekhar Sharma, has a loyal base of millions of customers and is today a global brand. In September, Paytm attracted fresh investments of about $680 million from Alibaba. Experts believe this will now allow Sharma to go on a fast track with his expansion plans, which include setting up a payments bank, investing almost $200 million in upcoming start-ups and adding more subscribers to Paytm. Paytm is planning to flood the market with Alibaba's product catalogue and take its competition head-on in the e-commerce arena.

Every year, the IMPACT Person of the Year (IPOY) award is presented to one person or group of people chosen by their peers in the industry for having made maximum impact and influencing the industry with significant contributions in the domain of media, advertising and marketing. The award was instituted by the exchange4media Group in 2005, to felicitate outstanding individual achievement and contribution to the domain and it has gained immense traction in the industry. The award will be presented at a function in Mumbai on December 16, 2015.

Some of the past IPOY award winners are Rajdeep Sardesai of CNN IBN (2006), Dr Vijay Mallya of UB Group (2007), Lalit Modi and Raghav Bahl of Network18 (2008), Rajesh Kamat of Colors (2009), Uday Shankar of STAR India (2010), Agnello Dias of TapRoot and Haresh Chawla of Network18 (2011), then I&B Minister Smt Ambika Soni (2012), Vineet Jain of the Times Group (2013) and Punit Goenka of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited in 2014. Uday Shankar of STAR India was honoured as IMPACT Person of the Decade in 2014.

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