The International Advertising Association (IAA) inducted Ramesh Narayan into its Hall of Fame at a glittering ceremony held in Mumbai on March 1, 2014 to award marketers, media leaders and advertising achievers. This is the highest honour given to a recipient by the IAA.
Narayan was Managing Director of Canco Advertising, an agency he had set up and had been running for 23 years before winding it down in 2006.
Kaushik Roy, President, Marketing, Reliance Industries read out the citation, where Narayan’s achievements were listed. These included the leadership role he played in associations such as the Advertising Club, the Advertising Agencies Association of India, Asian Federation of Advertising Associations and the International Advertising Association.
The citation commended him for being an influential force in establishing and nurturing creative awards in the country and for being a dominant factor behind the conduct of the AdAsia 2003 in Jaipur and AdAsia 2011 in New Delhi. It also recalled the decisive role Narayan has played in the Audit Bureau of Circulations and the National Readership Survey, and mentioned his thought leadership, which helped institute IAA’s flagship projects, including ‘Lighting a Billion Lives’, IAA Olive Crown Awards and the IAA leadership Awards. The citation also referred to his journalistic achievements and his social bent of mind.
Speaking on the occasion, Narayan said that he was humbled to receive “this great honour”. Stating that the industry needed heroes to inspire the younger generation, he said that he was accepting the award “on behalf of those unsung heroes whose little contributions have made a big impact” on the industry.
Srinivasan Swamy, President, IAA said, “I am delighted that this award could be conferred on Ramesh in my term as President.”
The International Advertising Association is a partnership of marketers, advertising agencies and the media, with presence in 77 countries across the globe.