Goafest announces Advertising Conclave speakers

Delhi: The Goafest Committee today released the first list of internationally acclaimed speakers for the event. They are: Jonathan Mildenhall, Global Advertising Strategy and Content Excellence Vice President, The Coca-Cola Company. Jean Yves Naouri, Chief Operating Officer & Member of Management Board, Publicis Groupe SA, Tim Love, Vice Chairman of Omnicom Group. Steve King, CEO, ZenithOptimedia and Jayant Murty, Director of Strategy, Media & Integrated Marketing, Asia Pacific, Intel Corporation. The Advertising Conclave will be held on April 19th the Zuri White Sands in South Goa. This will be followed by two days of Goafest at the same venue on April 20th-21st.

Jonathan Mildenhall, Vice President, Global Advertising Strategy and Content Excellence, The Coca-Cola Company. Jonathan Mildenhall joined The Coca-Cola Company in December 2006 and is responsible for leading global creative vision and strategy for the Company’s portfolio of global brands including Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta, Juice and Powerade. In his role, Jonathan oversees marketing communications strategies, insights, core creative idea development and content production. Prior to joining The Coca-Cola Company, Jonathan enjoyed an impressive career in London where he worked at some of the world’s leading agencies including BBH, Lowe, TBWA and Mother. During his career in London he worked on some of the world’s most recognized, creatively driven brands including Playstation, Smirnoff, Audi, Sony, Nescafe, Nissan, and Coca-Cola.

Mr. Jean-Yves Naouri, Chief Operating Officer, Member of Management Board of Publicis Groupe and Executive Chairman of Publicis Worldwide. He has been the Chief Operating Officer of Publicis Groupe SA since June 2010 and Member of the Management Board since January 1, 2008. Mr. Naouri has been Executive Chairman of Publicis Worldwide since March 2011. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Publicis Technology SA. Mr. Naouri served as an Executive Vice President of Operations of Publicis Groupe SA from September 9, 2006. Previously, in November 2000, he was appointed President of Publicis Conseil in Paris. From April 2003, Mr. Naouri served as Regional Chairman for Publicis Worldwide agencies in Northern Europe and Country Chairman for Publicis Germany.

Tim Love, Vice Chairman, Omnicom Group is also Chief Executive Officer of Omnicom’s Asia Pacific, India, Middle East, Africa (APIMA) region. Omnicom is a leading worldwide marketing and communications services company. Tim is responsible for helping Omnicom and its clients be more collaborative and effective at global brand-building, an area in which his own background and expertise are particularly well suited. His experience is diverse and extensive, providing him with the unusual perspective of a true citizen of the world.

Steve King, Chief Executive Officer, ZenithOptimedia Worldwide. He became Chief Executive Officer, Zenith Media Europe, Middle East and Africa, in August 1997. In October 2001, he was appointed Chief Executive of ZenithOptimedia EMEA and subsequently Worldwide CEO in March 2004.

Jayant Murty, Director of Strategy, Media & Integrated Marketing, Asia Pacific, Intel Corporation. Jayant has over 20 years of experience in marketing and general management across the region. In his current role he drives strategy and manages all aspects of the brand and marketing for Intel’s Asia Pacific region including Advertising and Media. Jayant joined Intel in the year 2000 and spent the first 4 years as Director Marketing for the South Asia region. He has had various stints in brand and agency management prior to Intel.

Commenting on the impressive line up of Advertising Conclave speakers, Arvind Sharma, Chairman, Goafest 2012, said, “We have lined up a great festival and a fabulous line up of speakers for the Conclave as well as the seminars. The list of speakers addressing the Conclave have the width of vision and experience to make us think about ‘Ideas for impacting the full circle’- the theme of the Conclave. We will announce the Seminar speaker names soon. I am certain that these incredible speakers will undoubtedly present to delegates a rich future-facing perspective.”

Another aspect Mr. Sharma touched upon was the Marketing Wizards initiative in association with Indian Society of Advertisers. Each member of the Indian Society of Advertisers (ISA) can nominate up to two rising stars from their marketing teams under the age of 30 years to Goafest 2012.

“This year we are focusing on getting more clients to be a part of Goafest 2012. Marketing Wizards was created as an initiative to drive young advertisers’ participation. I must share that our efforts in getting more clients participation through the Marketing Wizards initiative are delivering rich dividends. We have received a very enthusiastic response from young clients. Many seats have been filled and we are expecting the remaining seats to be filled in soon,” Mr. Sharma added.

For the record, Goafest 2012 is being organized by AAAI and Ad Club Bombay in partnership for the 5th year. Over the years, specialist areas like Out of Home & Ambient, Design, Digital & Mobile Advertising, Direct, and Integrated Advertising have been growing in importance. In recognition of this phenomenon, in 2012, Abbies at Goafest will have provision for Grand Prix in all the nine verticals- the Grand Prix is being introduced in media awards as well.

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