Prasanth Kumar, GroupM South Asia CEO, elected president of AAAI

Prashant Kumar, CEO, South Asia, GroupM Media (India) Pvt Ltd, has been elected President of the Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) at its annual general meeting.

Rana Baruah, Group CEO, Havas Group India, was elected as the Vice President of the association. Anupriya Acharya, outgoing President, will be an ex-officio member of the AAAI Board for 2022-23.

“I am extremely honored to be elected President of this prestigious association. Advertising is a dynamic and idea-driven industry. Collaboration with industry organizations will allow us to progressively shape the industry in ways that benefit everyone. I Looking forward to building synergy with like-minded people and organizations and I am confident that if we work together we will be able to achieve our goals,” Prashant said on the occasion.

He is a GroupM veteran with over 25 years of experience working across industries. He has also worked at Pepsi, The Hindu, The Media Age and McCann Erickson before joining GroupM. He has also been the Vice President of AAAI from 2020 – 2022.

Acharya said that “it has been a privilege to hold the office of the President for the last two years and the responsibilities that come with it”.

AAAI is a non-profit, industry-based and industry-managed trade association of advertising agencies, formed in 1945.

Other Elected Members of the Board:

Vishandas Hardasani (Matrix Publicity & Media India Pvt. Ltd.)

Kunal Lalani (Crayons Advertising Pvt Ltd)

Rohan Mehta (Kinect Pvt Ltd)

Chandramouli Muthu Maitri (Advertising Works Pvt Ltd, Cochin)

Sridhar Ramasubramanian (Beehive Communications Pvt Ltd)

Shashidhar Sinha (Initiative Media India Pvt Ltd)

K Srinivas (Sloka Advertising Pvt Ltd, Hyderabad)

Vivek Srivastava (Inocean Worldwide Communications Pvt Ltd)


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