Indian advertising veteran and RK Swamy Hansa Group chairman Srinivasan Swamy took over as new chairman and world president of the International Advertising Association (IAA) at a board meeting held in Bucharest, Romania on 4th October 2018.
He takes charge from Felix Tataru, who served as the World President and Chairman of the IAA from 2016.
Swamy is the first Indian to hold the prestigious seat at the 80-year old institution, which is considered the world's most influential network of marketing and communication leaders. He will lead a team of 25 Committee members from a host of countries including India, the US, UK, Italy, the UAE, Australia, Malaysia, Russia, the Netherlands, Iran and Nepal, among others.
The results of the recently concluded elections also gave the following new appointments in the IAA Executive Committee:
- Joel Nettey- Founder and Chief Executive, Ninani Group (Innova DDB Ghana, Touchpoint Magna Carta, ReZultz Advertising, Interactive Digital, Brand Alert and Innova Liberia) takes over Srinivasan Swamy as the Senior Vice President
- Beatrice Cox-Riesenfelder- Managing Director/ CFO, ORF Enterprise, is the new General Secretary of the IAA
- Fredrik Borestrom- Interim Head of LinkedIn Marketing Solutions, DACH is appointed as the Vice President, Corporate Members
- Venanzio Camarra- Founder & Managing Partner of Aldabra Consulting and Founder & CFO of Cardigan Srl Milan Italy, is set to serve his second term as Treasurer of IAA