Times Strategic Solutions Ltd., functional under the brand name ET Edge, is an Economic Times initiative founded to empower multiple industries and segments by sharing critical business knowledge through strategic conferences and summits. The 2nd edition of The Economic Times Iconic Brands 2018, an endeavour to recognise successful brands of Indian origin, was held at a glittering soiree in Mumbai, on June 29, 2018. The event brought together the most iconic brands that have gained traction not just in India but also globally for their of excellence. The occasion was also marked by the launch of the 2nd Edition of The Economic Times Iconic Brands 2018 coffee table book, which features successful brand stories and outlines the DNA of these legendary brands.
The Chief Guest of the event, Babul Supriyo, Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Government of India, felicitated the eminent nominees. Reputed personalities like Kajol, Jackie Shroff, Subhash Ghai and Karnam Malleswari, were awarded for attaining iconicity in their respective professions.
The felicitated brands included Lakme, Reliance Industries (Textile Division), JK Tyre & Industries, HIL, Kent RO, Indian Oil Corporation, Sify technologies, Mahindra Powerol, Muthoot Pappachan Group, GIC Re, MEP Infrastructure Developers, Dr. Batra’s Healthcare and DHFL to name a few.
Industry titans like, Paul Josy, Chairman, BBDO; Prahlad Kakkar, Genesis; Sadashiv Nayak, CEO, Big Bazaar; Bianca Ghose, Chief Storyteller, Wipro; Mansoor Ali, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Hamdard; Kapil Pillai, Head Marketing, Godrej Consumer Products; Elizabeth Venkataraman, Executive Vice President, Consumer Business, Kotak Mahindra Bank; Naveen Gaur, Chief Operating Officer, Lowe Lintas; and Elsie Nanji, Former Managing Partner, Red Lion, were the respected speakers.
Rishab Handa, Manager – Marketing, Ok Play said, “We were the internationally first to manufacture electric vehicles on a three wheeler platform, and we foresee the Indian diaspora taking to our e-rickshaws with great gusto.”
Karnam Malleswari, India’s first Olympian and receiver of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Padma Shri Award said, “I am working with the government to set up training centres for women wrestlers.”
Legendary director, Subhash Ghai stated, “I felt humble at The Economic Times Iconic Brands event.” He added, “But I don’t feel iconic as I still think I still am a student of cinema and life itself. There are still lots to learn and to inspire the next generation to be a New Man of the 21st century.”
The Chief Guest of the evening, Babul Supriyo expressed his gratitude and said, “It is a great experience to be a part of the central government under the leadership of our respected Prime Minister who is trying to push the 'Make in India' initiative and I am glad that we are doing pretty well in terms of foreign direct investments of $5000 cr. that has been touched in April 2018. We are encouraging people to make things in India. If it can be done in China and other parts of the world, then why not in India. By doing so, we can provide employment to a population of 130 billion.”