IAA presents key awards to Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo and John Wren, Omnicom Group Ceremony at the China National Convention Centre


Beijing, May 10th 2014: The International Advertising Association announced the recipients of its most prestigious global industry awards to Ms Indra Nooyi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo and Mr John Wren, President and Chief Executive Officer of Omnicom Group, at its 43rd IAA World Congress, taking place this week in Beijing.

Faris Abouhamad, IAA Chairman and World President and Heather Leembruggen, IAA Vice President and Chair of the IAA Awards Committee declared “The IAA Award is presented to an individual in recognition of outstanding services in the field of international advertising and marketing. It was previously known as the “Annual Award” and was presented each year from 1951 to 1984. It then became a biennial award, presented on the occasion of the IAA World Congress. The IAA did not hold awards in 2012, so this year we have honored two recipients – Ms Indra Nooyi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo and Mr John Wren, President and Chief Executive Officer of Omnicom Group.”

Cathy Tai, Vice President Corporate Affairs, PepsiCo China accepted the award on Ms Nooyi’s behalf and Serge Dumont, Vice Chairman, Chairman Asia Pacific of Omnicom Group accepted the award on Mr Wren’s behalf.

Other most recent previous recipients have included Simon Clift, CMO Unilever (recipient in 2010); Tateo Mataki, former Chairman and CEO, Dentsu Inc. (recipient in 2008); Maurice Levy, CEO, Publicis Groupe (recipient in 2006); Sir Richard Branson, Chairman, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Ltd (recipient in 2004).

The 43rd IAA World Congress program includes leading global ad industry figures – Ian Alwill,Chairman, Australian Advertising Standards Bureau; Tim Andree, President & CEO, Dentsu Aegis Network; Adam Anger, General Manager for Asia Pacific, Microsoft Advertising; Bharat Avalani, Regional IBC Director Homecare Asia, Africa, Middle East & Turkey, Unilever; Scott Beaumont, Managing Director, Google Greater China; Bhaskar Bhat, Managing Director, Titan Company Ltd;Mykim Chikli, CEO, ZenithOptimedia China; Jeffrey Cole, Director, Centre for a Digital Future, USC Annenberg School; John DefteriosAnchor & Emerging Markets Editor, CNN International;Jean-Marie Dru, Chairman, TWBA; Jim ElmsGlobal CEO, Initiative; Oliver Gray, Director General, European Advertising Standards Alliance; Jeff Han, General Manager Marketing, Tencent Online Media Group; Chris Harrison, Chief Strategy Officer APAC, ZenithOptimedia; Ben Hughes, Global Commercial Director and Deputy CEO, Financial Times; Li Ya, Chief Operating Officer, Phoenix New Media; Zeng Liang, Vice President, Baidu; Bill MacLeod, Attorney, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP; Angela Mills Wade, Executive Director, European Publishers Council; Zhong Ming, Chief Researcher, Hakuhodo Institute of Life and Living – Shanghai; Rob Norman, Chief Digital Officer, WPP Plc; Doug Pearce, CEO, OMG China; Atifa Silk, Brand Director, Campaign Asia; T.B. Song, Chairman, Ogilvy & Mather Greater China; Sir Martin Sorrell, Chief Executive, WPP Plc;Andrew Ward, Vice President Marketing, Etihad Airways; Bob Winslow, Executive Vice Chairman, Fleishman Hillard; Chen Yan, Chief Strategy Officer, Focus Media; Leaders of the Chinese Government; and many more.

Serge Dumont, Vice Chairman, Omnicom Group delivered they key evening address of welcome to the Congress delegates at the opening dinner held at the Great Hall Of The People hosted by Wang Yong, State Councilor of the State Council and Vice Minister Gan Lin, State Administration of Industry and Commerce on May 9th 2014. 

International Advertising Association The International Advertising Association (IAA), headquartered in New York, was founded in 1938 to champion responsible marketing. The IAA, with its 56 chapters in 76 countries, is a one-of-a-kind global partnership whose members comprise advertisers, media, advertising and public relations agencies, media companies, and academics. The IAA is a platform for industry issues and is dedicated to protecting and advancing freedom of commercial speech, responsible advertising, consumer choice, and the education of marketing professionals. For more information please visitwww.iaaglobal.org.


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