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49th Annual Awards : Elite Award Winner - 2008

Date: 19.03.2010, Venue: Presidential Ball Room, Hotel President
(Chief Guest - His Excellency the Governor of Maharashtra - Mr. K. Sankaranarayan,
Guest of Honour - Dr. Subir Gokarn, Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India)
Promising Business Communicator Award
Arvind Agrawal | CEO Atherstone Investor Communication Limited

Mr Arvind Agarwal, the founder of AICL, won the "Promising Business Communicator" award organized by the Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI). Arvind has worked for over 7 years in the field of investor communications and is presently one of India's foremost practitioners of stakeholder-centric communication and having worked with over a hundred client companies to help them communicate their business objectives.

He is a Graduate in Commerce, a Chartered Accountant and a Company Secretary. He worked first as a journalist with one of India's oldest English Dailies, and then as a CFO with a steel fabrication company before venturing into this field. He shaped the investor communication products for many leading companies in India, including LIC Housing Finance, Big Pictures, Axis Bank, Gitanjali Gems, Shriram Transport, Jai Corp Limited, UTV among others.


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Communicator of the Year Award
Manoj Shrivastava | IAS, Director General I & PR, Government of Madhya Pradesh

An IAS officer of Madhya Pradesh Cadre, Mr.Shrivastava has successfully changed the fate of Madhyam, a state owned advertising agency. The entire advertising campaign to re-establish the image of Madhya Pradesh to the global community was successfully done by Madhyam under the stewardship of Mr.Shrivastava. He changed Madhyam as a profit centre by redesigning various revenue models. At this time Madhyam is the only state owned advertising agency that runs creates a surplus amount.


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Communicator of the Decade Award
P.R. Joshi | President Corporate HR & Communications, Zydus Cadila Limited

P.R. Joshi, President, Corp. HR & Comm., Zydus Cadila Ltd, Ahmedabad received the Communicator of the Decade award organized by the Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI). He holds a masters degree in English literature from Gujarat University and has a post graduate diploma in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from M.S University, Vadodara.

Under Mr. Joshi's leadership, HR has emerged as a strategic partner contributing to Zydus' astounding growth for over a decade. From a turnover of Rs. 200 crore in 1995, the group posted a turnover of over Rs. 1800 crores in 2006-07. It has also successfully globalised its operations and emerged as a global healthcare provider.


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Excellence Business Journalism Award
Mr. Senthil Chengalavarayan | President & Editorial Director, CNBC India

Mr Senthil Chengalvarayan, President & Editorial Director, CNBC TV18 received the "Excellence in Business Journalism" award organized by the Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI). Prior to this role, he led a team of professional journalists that has made CNBC TV18 the most successful business media network in the country.

He has been a business journalist for over two decades. After spending his initial years in the profession with various Business Dailies he joined Television Eighteen in 1994 just as the company was pioneering the entry of private companies into Television News. He's seen the industry grow then from uncertain beginnings to the phenomenon that it is today.


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Strategic Business Communicators Award
Rajendra Darda | Editor-in-Charge, Lokmat & Hon'ble Industry Minister, Maharashtra

Rajendra Darda, Hon`ble Industries Minister, Govt. of Maharashtra was awarded the Excellence in Business Communication for Non-Business Communication Professionals organized by the Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI).

After graduating from Nagpur University, Rajendra Darda received his diploma from the Government Institute of Printing Technology, Mumbai. He also attended a two-year advanced course in Graphic Arts from the London College of Printing. Darda is Vice Chairman and Joint Managing Director of the Lokmat newspaper group.


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Excellence in Marketing & Brand Communications Award
Union Bank of India

The Award for the Excellence in Marketing & Brand Communications was awarded to the Union Bank of India for their outstanding campaign in repositioning their Brand Image.

Union Bank of India was established on 11th November 1919 with its headquarters in the city of Bombay now known as Mumbai. The Head Office building of the Bank in Mumbai was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the nation in the year 1921, and he said on the occasion: "We should have the ability to carry on a big bank, to manage efficiently crores of rupees in the course of our national activities. Though we have not many banks amongst us, it does not follow that we are not capable of efficiently managing crores and tens of crores of rupees." His prescient words anticipated the growth of the bank that has taken place in the decades that followed. The Bank now operates through over 2800 branches across the country. The Bank's core values of prudent management without ignoring opportunities is reflected in the fact that the Bank has shown uninterrupted profit during all 90 years of its operations. The Bank has a large clientele base of over 24 million. On the technology front the Bank has taken early initiatives and 100% of its branches are computerised. The Bank has also introduced Core Banking Solution with connectivity between branches. 100% of the business of the Bank is under Core Banking Solution making it a leader among its peers in infusion of technology. Many innovative products are developed using the technology platform to offer an array of choices to customers, adding speed and convenience to transactions. Technology will also enable the Bank to derive substantial cost reduction while creating the requisite capacity to handle the ever increasing volume of business in a competitive environment that offers immense opportunities. The Bank achieved total business level of Rs.3,42,856 crore (Rupees Three Lakh Forty two thousand Eight hundred fifty six crore) Mr. S. C. Kalia, Executive Director, Union Bank of India accepted the Award on behalf of the Bank.


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Life Time Achievement Award
M.V. Kamath | Editor Illustrated Weekly & Veteran Journalist

Madhav Vittal Kamath or more fondly known as M V Kamath is one of India's best known journalists and writers. A famous journalist by profession, M V Kamath was the former chairman of Prasar Bharati. He has authored nearly 40 books on different topics. In fact, he was awarded the honorary Padma Bhushan award in 2004.

He is currently the chairman of India's public service broadcaster, Prasar Bharati Corporation, which runs famous channels like Doordarshan and All India Radio. He is also on the board of Manipal Institute of Communication, the media school in Manipal.


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Life Time Achievement Award
R.K. Laxman | Noted Cartoonist

Mr R. K. Laxman , the famous cartoonist received the "Lifetime Achievement award" organized by the Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI). Laxman's earliest work was for newspapers and magazines such as Swarajya and Blitz. While still at the Maharaja College of Mysore, he began to illustrate his elder brother R K Narayan's stories in The Hindu, and he drew political cartoons for the local newspapers and for the Swatantra.

Among his other works, Laxman is known for his distinctive illustrations in several books, most notably for the Malgudi stories written by his elder brother R.K. Narayan, which was later made as a serial directed by Shankar Nag. He also created a popular mascot for the Asian Paints group called Gattu.


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Magazine of the Year 2008
The L & T-ite | Larsen & Toubro

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48th Annual Awards - (Year 2007)

Date: 07.11.2008, Venue: Presidential Ball Room, Hotel President
(Chief Guest - His Excellency the Governor of Maharashtra Mr. S C Jamir, Guest of Honour - Mr. S. Govindan General Manager - Union Bank & Mr. Pravin Chaudhari ED Kansai Nerolac Paints Limited)
Promising Business Communicator Award
Ms. Shikha Jain | Manager (PR) AFL Courier Private Limited

Shikha Jain has more than 10 years experience in Corporate Communications, Media-Relations, Public Affairs, Branding, Advertising and Marketing Communication. She has worked in diversified verticals like Banking, IT, Logistics, Pharma and Commodity Exchange.

At present, she holds the position of Senior Manager Communications function in India's top IT & BPO firm, TCS . Working in a BPO firm has a different set of challenges and this experience has added further breadth to her existing diaspora of experience.


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Communicator of the Year Award
Ms. Roma Balwani | VP Communications, Mahindra & Mahindra

Ms. Roma Balwani, Vice President and Head Corporate Communications of Mahindra and Mahindra Limited received the Communicator of the Year Award organised by the Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI). Roma Balwani has carved out a new reputation as one of India's most outspoken PR professionals, both inside and outside her company.

She was recently included in Influence 100, a listing of the 100 Most Important In-House Communicators in the World, brought out by the renowned Holmes Global Report.


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Communicator of the Decade Award
Mr. Jitender Bhargava | Director Communications, Air India

Mr Jitender Bhargava, Director PR, Air India won the "Excellence in Crisis Communications Year 2002" organised by the Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI). His association with Air India, one of India's most high profile companies, not only gave him enormous experience in different fields of management but also made him conversant with the working of various government institutions.

Regarded as an efficient and innovative officer, his services were requisitioned by the Government of India in 1982 for organizing the IX Asian Games in New Delhi. His meritorious services were duly recognized when he was conferred with the 'Asiad Jyoti' award by the President of India.


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Excellence in Business Journalism Award
Mr. Govindraj Ethiraj | Editor-in-Charge, UTVi

Mr Govindraj Ethiraj, the Founder Editor-In-Chief at the television channel Bloomberg UTV, won the Business Journalism award organized by the Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI). Govindraj has been a financial journalist and has worked with famous media houses like the Economic Times, Business World and Business India. He also worked as a Editor (New Media) at Business Standard.

He worked with CNBC TV18 for five years from near start-up point before moving to set up Bloomberg UTV. At CNBC TV18, he hosted the nightly bulletin as well as the business strategy show, Managing India.


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Excellence in Financial Communications Award
Mr. T. S. Narayanasamy | CMD Bank of India

Mr. T. S. Narayanasamy, CMD Bank of India was awarded the Excellence in Financial Communications Award organized by the Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI). He is a recipient of TA Pai Memorial Best Banker Award by Dehali, Kannadiga, a Kannada Monthly Magazine. Mr. Narayanasamy holds a Bachelors degree in Science from University of Madras.

APreviously, Mr. Narayanasamy served as the Chairman and Managing Director at Bank of India from June 4, 2007 to August 2009. He served as the Chairman and Managing Director at Indian Overseas Bank from June 9, 2005 to June 4, 2007. Mr. Narayanasamy served as the Chairman and Managing Director at Andhra Bank from April 21, 2004 to May 2005. He started his career at Union Bank of India and held various positions and was promoted as the General Manager to head its operation at Delhi.


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Excellence in Marketing & Brand Communications Award
Aditya Birla Group

A US $35 billion corporation, the Aditya Birla Group is in the League of Fortune 500. It is anchored by an extraordinary force of over 133,000 employees, belonging to 42 different nationalities. The Group's businesses are spread across a swath of industries. These include aluminium, copper, cement, textiles (pulp, fibre, yarn, fabric and branded apparel), carbon black, insulators, natural resources, power, agribusiness, telecommunications, financial services, IT/ITeS, retail and trading.


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Global Business Communicator Award
Dr. Matthew Hibberd | Director & Dean Communication Studies, University of Sterling, UK

Matthew is Director of the MSc in Public Relations by Online Learning, and has teaching responsibilities both on the MSc in Media Management and with supervising PhD students. He is Professor of Communication Theory at the Libera University Internazionale per gli Studi Sociali (LUISS) and is Professor of Journalism at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Social Communications (CICS), Pontifical Gregorian University, both in Rome.

Matthew is lead investigator on a UKIERI-funded Research Award programme investigating climate change communications in India and the UK, run in cooperation with the Centre of Media Studies (CMS), Delhi.


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Life Time Achievement Award
Mr. Roger Pereira | Vice Chairman RP Edelman

Mr. Roger Pereira, MD CEO - R&PM : Edelman was conferred the Life Time Achievement Award in Business Communications organized by the Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI).

Pereira started his career in advertising. He has worked at JWT and then at Shilpi, where he was the CEO for 13 years. He initiated and helped found the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) and the India chapter of the International Advertising Association (IAA). He was also on the international board of the IAA for several years. He ventured into PR in 1987.


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Life Time Achievement Award
Mr. Ameen Sayani | Noted Radio Personality

Ameen Sayani received the "Lifetime Achievement award" organized by the Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI). He belonged to a band of announcers of Radio Ceylon who enjoyed iconic status with millions of listeners. He was conferred the Padma Shri award in 2009. He helped popularize Radio Ceylon in India and the station ruled the airwaves in the 1950s and 1960s.

Ameen Sayani was also a part of various movies throughout the years like Bhoot Bungla, Teen Devian, Boxer, Qatl etc. He appeared in all of these movies in the role of an announcer in some event.


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Magazine of the Year 2007
Without Reserve | Reserve Bank of India

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47th Annual Awards - (Year 2006)

Date: 11.01.2008, Venue: Presidential Ball Room, Hotel President
(Chief Guest - Mrs. Rajashree Birla Director Aditya Birla Group, Guest of Honour - Mr. M. R. Chandurkar - MD, IPCA Limited & Mr. Dilip Dandekar, Chairman Camlin India Limited)

Promising Business Communicator Award
Mr. Sujit Patil | Manager Communications, Tata Chemicals

Mr. Sujit Patil, TCL, has been conferred with 'Promising Business Communicator of the year' award in elite awards category at the ABCI Awards ceremony held in 2008. As an active member of an international professional association, Mr Patil has built alliances with fellow communications professionals across the globe, seen the communications practice accomplished elsewhere and implemented best-practice in his own organization.

The communications work being done in TATA Chemicals now stands out in an Indian context and supports the business strategy of internationalizing the business.


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Excellence in Financial Communications Award
Dr. Anil Kumar Khandelwal | CMD, Bank of Baroda

Dr Anil Kumar Khandelwal, CMD BoB, received the Excellence in financial Communications Year 2006 award in elite awards category at the ABCI Awards ceremony held in 2008. He has an experience of over 37 years in the banking industry. Prior to being appointed on the Board of our Company, Dr Khandelwal served as the Chairman and Managing Director of the two public sector banks like the Bank of Baroda and Dena Bank.

He has held several important positions including, President of Indian Institute of Banking and Finance, Deputy Chairman, Indian Banks Association and a member in many forums and committees. He has also received several awards for his pioneering efforts and is listed among the most powerful CEOs in India.


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Communicator of the Decade Award
Mr. M. B. Jayaram | GM (PR) Karnatak Power Corporation Limited

Mr. M. B. Jayaram received the Communicator of the Decade Award of ABCI. He has worked as the Press Secretary of Mr. S. M. Krishna, when he was Hon'ble Chief Minister of Karnataka.

Mr. Jayaram joined Karnataka Power Corporation Limited and rose to the height of General Manager, Public Relations, He was then elevated to the rank of the Executive Director, an Indian Administrative Service Grade (IAS) with the same job responsibility. Mr. M. B. Jayaram is the Founder President of the Public Relations Council of India (PRCI), based out of Bangalore.


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Global Business Communicator Award
Ms. K. Bhavani | Director Communications, Government of Singapore

Ms. K. Bhavani, Director Communications, Government of Singapore, was awarded the Global Business Communicator award at the Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI) awards function. Bhavani is currently working for the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA) as Co-Director of Organisational Management Division, Director of Corporate Communications and Press Secretary to the Minister.

She was seconded to the Ministry of Trade and Industry as Head of Public Affairs from 1993 to 1996 and subsequently to the Ministry of Defence as Head of Media Relations Branch. She has lectured in various business related and mass communication subjects over the last 15 years. Currently she lectures the Certificate and Diploma in PR and Mass Communications classes at IPRS.


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Strategic Business Communicators Award
Mr. Ekanath Thakur | Hon'ble Member of Parliament (Upper House - Rajya Sabha)

Mr EKanath Thakur received the Strategic Business Communicator award organized by the Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI). He completed BA in English Literature from Pune University with honours. In 1966, his extraordinary talents and academic brilliance was in full view. He stood first amongst 67,000 students spread across the country in an entrance examination for 'Class One Officers' in the State Bank of India. The little genius had blossomed and a doyen was in the making. He became President of the Federation of the State Bank officers in just two years.

His extraordinary professional acumen, phenomenal administrative proficiency, brilliant communication skills and inspirational leadership catapulted him to the top league.


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Life Time Achievement Award
Dr. G. P. C. Nayar | Chairman SCMS Group Cochin

Dr. G. P. C. Nayar was honoured with coveted Life Time Achievement Award organized by the Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI) held in 2008. ABCI had earlier honoured Dr. Nayar by conferring the prestigious award of 'Fellow of the Brain Trust of ABCI,' last year. The tribute was also in recognition of Dr Nayar's signal service in the field of professional education in India, by pioneering the cause of promoting excellence in professional education, establishing a group of world-class self-financing institutions of higher learning in technology, management, engineering, biotechnology etc.

His notable contribution in successfully leading a crusade, as the President of the managements of self-financing professional educational institutions in Kerala, against the move from the state government and the ruling political parties to crush the growth of self-financing educational institutions was also hailed by ABCI.


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46th Annual Awards - (Year 2005)

Date: 12.01.2007, Venue: Tata Theatre, NCPA
(Chief Guest - S. M. Krishna His Excellency the Governor of Maharashtra, Guest of Honour Dr. J. J. Irani, Director, Tata Sons Limited, Mr. H. M. Bharukha, MD, Goodlass Nerolac Paints Limited)

Excellence in Business Journalism Award
Mr. Bharatkumar Raut | Executive Editor Maharashtra Times

Mr Bharatkumar Raut received the award for Contribution in Business Journalism Year 2005 organized by the Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI). Mr Raut was the Executive Editor and then the Editor of Maharashtra Times from December 2000 to March 2008.

During his tenure as an Editor of "Maharashtra Times", the paper became the highest selling Marathi daily in Mumbai metropolitan area as per the ABC survey. Now he is the Editorial Consultant for the Times group.


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Excellence in Marketing & Brands Communications Award
M/S. Bank of Baroda

Bank of Baroda is one of India's leading national banks with a long and proud tradition of serving the citizens of this country. Bank of Baroda is a pioneer in various customer centric initiatives in the Indian banking sector. Bank is amongst first in the industry to complete an all-inclusive rebranding exercise wherein various novel customer centric initiatives were undertaken along with the change of logo.


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Communicator of the Decade Award
Dr. Pragnya Ram | President Communications Aditya Birla Group

Dr Pragnya Ram, the Group Executive President - Corporate Communications, the Aditya Birla Group, won the Communicator of the Decade Year 2005 organized by the Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI). Dr Pragnya has added a new dimension to the profile of US$8 billion conglomerate, with a market capitalisation of US$ 14 billion and a work force of 72,000 employees in over 20 countries, by her dynamic leadership.

With her hard work and dedicated service, she has painstakingly built the brand image of Aditya Birla Group over the years and successfully rendered corporate responsibility of the Group, making it a name to reckon with.


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Life Time Achievement Award
Dr. C. V. Narasimha Reddi | Director General Information & PR Gvernment of Andhra Pradesh

Dr. C. V. Narasimha Reddi, Director General Information & PR Gvernment of Andhra Pradesh, received the Life Time Achievement Award in Business Communications Year 2005 organized by the Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI). Mr Reddi retired as Director, Department of I&PR, Government of Andhra Pradesh and has held a number of key positions such as, Press Secretary to Chief Ministers, Director (PR) - APSRTC, Director - IFPR, Director - SIRD, Director - Cultural Affairs, Director - Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's College of Communication and Management, Hyderabad.

At present, he is the Editor of the journal, 'Public Relations Voice'. He has authored 14 books and edited three text books of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University. His book 'How to be a Good PRO' (1974) is acclaimed as the first Indian book on Public Relations.


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45th Annual Awards - (Year 2004)

Date: 28.10.2005 Venue Ball Room, Hotel Taj Mahal Palace & Tower
(Chief Guest - Mr. K. A. Chaukar MD Tata Industries, Guest of Honour Mr. Anil Dharkar Editor-in-Charge Times of India)

Excellence in Business Journalism Award
Mr Anand Sankeshwar | MD, Vijay Karnataka Newspapers

Anand Sankeshwar, the Managing Director of Vijayanand Printers Limited, the publishers of Vijay Karnataka, Vijay Times and Usha Kiran dailies, has bagged the 'Outstanding Contribution to Business Journalism' award 2005, given by the Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI).

The award citation fetched praises on Mr Sankeshwar for his achievements in making Vijay Karnataka the numero uno newspaper in the State in just three years and Vijay Times the fastest growing English daily in the State, despite having no background in the field.


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Life Time Achievement Award
Mrs Zelma Lazarus | VP & Chief PR, Voltas Limited

Mrs Zelma Lazarus, the Chief Executive Officer of Impact India won the Life Time Achievement Award in Business Communications Year 2004 given by the Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI).

As the General Manager Corporate Relations of Voltas Limited, a large Private Sector enterprise in India, Zelma Lazarus has had substantial experience in all aspects of public affairs. Her work experience is over 30 years. She was invited by the Government of India to become a member of the Planning Commissions Working Group on Health, Education and Communications for the preparation of the Seventh and Eighth Five-Year Plans for the country.


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44th Annual Awards - (Year 2003)

Date: 10.12.2004, Venue: Crystal Room, Hotel Taj Malal Palace & Tower
(Chief Guest - Mr. M. V. Kamath, Chairman, Prasar Bharati,Guest of Honour - Mr. Ashok Roy, MD, UB Group)

Excellence in Business Journalism Award
Mr. C.R.L. Narasimha | National Business Editor- The Hindu, Chennai

C.R.L. Narasimhan, the Business Editor of The Hindu won the `Excellence in Business Journalism Award for the year 2003-04' organised by the Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI). Narasimhan has helped in understanding the nitty-gritty of the otherwise complex financial world.

A post-graduate in economics from Chennai University, C R L Narasimhan previously worked with the State Bank of India, in India and abroad for over two decades before he joined The Hindu as a Deputy Editor in December 1993.


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Excellence in Financial Communications Award
Mr. Ramesh Narayan | MD, Canco Advertising

Ramesh Narayan, Managing Director, Canco Advertising Pvt Ltd, won the "Excellence in financial Communications Year 2003-04" organised by the Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI). Known as the most dynamic person, he founded Canco Advertising Pvt Ltd and looks after the agency's creative and management functions.

Ramesh Narayan was the president of the Advertising Club, Mumbai, from 1997 to 1999. The club had a large membership representing advertising, marketing and the media. He was also the editor of its award-winning magazine, Solus, and convener of the Abby Awards' Judging Committee in 1997 and 1998.


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Excellence in Marketing & Brands Communications Award
Dr. N. G. Kannan | Director, Marketing, IndianOil Corporation

Dr N.G. Kannan, Director-Marketing, Indian Oil Corporation, and Managing Director, IBP received the 'Excellence in Marketing Communications' Award for 2004 at the 44th Awards ceremony organised by the Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI).

Dr N G Kannan joined IOC in the year 1969 and handled several key assignments in the Marketing and HR Departments. He was serving as Executive Director (HR) prior to his elevation to the board as a director.


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Communicator of the Decade Award
Mr. H. N. Sinor | CEO, Indian Banks' Association

Mr H. N. Sinor, Chief Executive, Indian Banks' Association won the 'Communicator of the Decade Year 2003-04' at the 44th Awards ceremony organised by the Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI).

Mr Sinor has an illustrious banking career spanning 43 years having worked in both public sector and private sector banks and served on various banking committees. He started his career in 1965 with Central Bank of India and in 1969 moved to Union Bank of India where he worked for 28 years. During his career in Union Bank of India, he worked in various capacities to reach the position of General Manager. In 1996, he was appointed as Executive Director of Central Bank of India.

After serving for 7 months in Central Bank of India, he joined ICICI Bank in July 1997 as the Executive Director. On June 1, 1998, he took over as Managing Director and CEO of ICICI Bank which went on to become the second largest bank in India. Retiring from ICICI Bank Limited in 2003, Mr Sinor joined Indian Banks' Association as Chief Executive on June 1, 2003 and held this position till July 31, 2008. He currently serves as the Chief Executive of the Association of Mutual Funds in India.


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Life Time Achievement Award
Mr. K S Neelakandan | Director PR, Pfizer India Limited

Mr. K S Neelakandan, Director Public Affairs, Pfizer India Limited, received the Lifetime Achievement award organized by the Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI). Known as one of the PR stalwarts in India, Mr. Neelakandan was born in Palghat District of Kerala and after completing matriculation, he came to Mumbai. He then started working in an advertising agency.

Later he switched over to Public Relations and became the National President of Public Relations Society of India. He is man instrumental in getting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) by way of shaping-up a pharma major, Pfizer in India, when FDI was an unheard concept in India.


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43rd Annual Awards -(Year 2002)

Date: 27.02.2004, Venue: Ball Room,Taj Lands End
(Chief Guest Mrs. Anuradha Mahindra, Editr Verve Magazine)

Communicator of the Decade Award
Dr. G.C. Banik | Chief General Manager (PR) VSNL

Dr. G.C. Banik won the 'Communicator of the decade' award for the year 2002- 2003 organised by the Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI). After being in the profession of Information and Public Relations for over 34 years now, Dr G.C.Banik is presently the Chief General Manager of the Public Relations Department in Videsh Sanchar Nigam. Besides, this he is also the Chief Ethics Counsellor and Head, Corporate Social Responsibility in VSNL.

A recipient of the "Communicator of the Decade award" in the year 2002, Dr Banik has presented over 60 professional papers in Public Relations. Dr. Banik has received six National Awards and was also awarded the Best PR Persons Award for the Year 1992 by the Media India.


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Life Time Achievement Award
Mr. Anand Akerkar | Executive Director World Trade Centre

Mr Anand Akerkar received the Lifetime Achievement award organized by the Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI). He is known as the first generation of PR Professionals from India. He is a product of Doon School and is the first Indian to have acquired a post graduation in Journalism and PR from the University of California and Los Angeles, USA.

He is the person behind the World Trade Centre in Mumbai, India that gave the Government of Maharashtra revenue in millions of Indian rupees way back in the 1970s. He was advisor on PR matters to Mahindra & Mahindra, one of the biggest Business House in India. In 1989, he was the 2nd India who got elected as the Global President of the International Public Relation Associations after Late Sanat Lahiri who got elected in 1979.

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