Three Romanians join new IAA Global VP list for 2016-2018 mandate

Newsroom 08/09/2016 | 18:52

The International Advertising Association (IAA) announced the appointment of the global vice-presidents for the period 2016-2018. Among them there are three Romanians: Mihai Barsan, Alexandra Olaru and Victor Dobre.

“We have now the whole team ready to contribute to the developing of the global industry, through leadership, insights and answers to the specific needs of our tripartite association (clients, agents and media) can offer. We will dedicate to our mission and we will do our best to become inspirational leaders for the industry and society,” said Felix Tataru, president of IAA Global.

The team includes new position in line with the IAA’s objectives and plans for the next two years. The organization focuses itself inclusively on creating a global platform of curated content that will contain the best practices in the world. Another objective is the development of the association in new territories and extending the cooperation with the Effie Awards in more countries.

IAA has, as well, a major interest in representing the practice area of corporate affairs in Europe. Moreover, the association will continue to develop its extensive learning, education and talent developing programs in the advertising industry. The integrity and the ethics, but also the unauthorized interdictions applied to the brands and the advertising will continue to represent priorities.

Here are the IAA global vice-presidents:

Asia Pacific

John Chacko, Vice-President Development Asia, President IAA Malaysia Chapter, Malaysia.

Yang Hong Feng, Vice-President Development China, China Advertising Association, China.

Pradeep Guha, Vice-President Awards, 9X Media Pvt. Ltd., India.

Heather Leembruggen, Vice-President Inspire Awards, President IAA Australia Chapter.

Ramesh Narayan, Vice-President Communication, Canco Advertising Private Limited, India.

Diane Slade, Secretary, Vice-President Education, Edith Cowan University, Australia.


Pawel Kowalewski, Vice-President Members’ Responsible, Communication Limited, Poland.

Mihai Barsan, Ursus Breweries, Romania.

Karen Carter, Vice-President Young Professional, President IAA UK Chapter, Kaos Marketing Ltd., United Kingdom.

Mikkel Christian Larsen, Vice-President Sharing Platform, Mindshare, Denmark.

Victor Dobre, Vice-President Education, Executive Director, IAA Romania Chapter, Romania.

Angus Grieve, Vice-President Elections, Executive Director, IAA UK Chapter, United Kingdom.

Alexandra Olaru, Vice-President Government Affairs Europe, Philip Morris, Romania.

Middle East and Africa

Norkor Duah, Vice-President Development Africa, Lowe Lintas, Ghana.

Joel Nettey, Vice-President Communication, President IAA Ghana Chapter, Innova DDB, Ghana.

Sasan Saeidi, Vice-President Content, McCann Middle East & Africa, United Arab Emirates.

Mehrnoosh Shafiei Shahrbabaki, Vice-President Development Central Asia, IAA Iran Chapter, Idea-list, Iran.

North America

Carla Michelotti, Vice-President Corporate Members, Vice-President Government Affairs, Carla Michelotti LLC, United States.

The vice-presidents will join the leading IAA team, selected in July, that includes: Felix Tataru, IAA Chairman and World President, Faris Abouhamad, Immediate Past IAA Chairman and World President, Srinivasan Swamy, Senior Vice President, Diane Slade, Secretary, Venanzio Camarra, Treasurer, Kaushik Roy, Vice President Area Director Asia Pacific, Kyra Roest, Vice President Area Director Europe, Saad El Zein, Vice President Area Director Middle East/Africa and Tom Brookbanks, Vice President Area Director US/Canada and Michael Lee, Managing Director.

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