The CLIO Awards, one of the world’s most recognised award competitions honouring excellence in advertising, design and communications, has named Ogilvy & Mather’s Executive Chairman and Creative Director of South Asia, Piyush Pandey as the recipient of the 2012 CLIO Lifetime Achievement Award.
With a highly successful advertising career spanning three decades, Pandey is often revered as ‘the godfather of Indian advertising’. Pandey is the first person from the region to receive this distinction and will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 53rd annual CLIO Awards ceremony, which takes place on Tuesday May 15 in New York.
“My congratulations go to Piyush on the CLIO Lifetime Achievement Award. It’s amazing to walk in the company of such giants. Piyush makes us proud and we are so lucky to have him in the Ogilvy family,” said Paul Heath, CEO Ogilvy & Mather Asia Pacific.
Piyush Pandey, Executive Chairman & Creative Director, Ogilvy & Mather South Asia said: “I am really touched by this recognition and humbled to be alongside some extremely imminent advertising people who I have respected and admired over the years. I thank all my clients and colleagues at Ogilvy & Mather India who have enabled me to be recognised at this level.”
Pandey, the recipient of the 2010 Advertising Agencies Association of India Lifetime Achievement Award has won five CLIO Awards to date. Under his leadership the Economic Times, India’s leading business newspaper, has rated O&M the number one advertising agency in the country eight times in a row. The paper also named Pandey the most influential man in Indian advertising for eight straight years. With more than 600 international awards to its credit, O&M India is ranked among the most creative offices in the entire O&M network.
“Piyush truly embodies the spirit of this award,” said CLIO Director, Karl Vontz. “He not only possesses wonderful creative vision, but he is a great leader who motivates everyone around him with his enthusiasm and passion. We look forward to celebrating his body of work and his ongoing contribution in the field of advertising.”