WCRCINT and KVG MEDIA Releases Annual Research Report 2018 on India’s Best Brands and more at IDEASFEST


MUMBAI, August 29, 2018 

Ranveer Singh receives ‘Pride Actor of the Year’ for Padmaavat 

The 3rd edition of IDEASFEST 2018 was a unique and special event in itself with many crème de la crème industry stalwarts gracing the event. This occasion did not only see some stellar talk sessions and the deserving nominations take away the trophies, but it also endorsed the theme of IDEASFEST 2018 ‘Lead the Change’.

World’s leading brand equity research and consulting firm WCRCINT released the ‘Annual Research Report 2018’ on India’s Best Brands, Leaders and Celebrities. The evening glittered with all the industry stalwarts, who synchronically, with one accord celebrated the most trusted CEOs, Brand of the Year and celebrities who are leading the change. Laurels, victories and trophies for inimitable and paramount brands and leaders marked the essence of IDEASFEST 2018. The research has been done by ibrands360, leaders in Brand Equity studies.

Shri Deepak Vasant Kesarkar, Honorable Minister of State for Home, Finance and Planning, Maharashtra and Honorable Senior Cabinet Minister, Mahadev Jagannath Jankar Saheb, Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairy Fisheries Development, Maharashtra were the special guests of honour.

The conclave kicked off with an expert discussion on ‘Technology and Social Media – Looking at the nature of responsibility in turbulent times’. The panelists included Mr. Tapan Singhel – MD & CEO, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company Limited, Chandru Kalro-MD & CEO TTK Prestige and Monish Chatrath CEO MGC, KNAV Global Risk Advisory LLP.

The 2018 edition of ‘LEAD THE CHANGE’, INDIA KA DIL, PRIDE AWARDS included Rani Mukerji,Ranveer Singh, Rishi Kapoor, Subhash Ghai, Ekta Kapoor, Nakuul Mehta, Jennifer Winget, Kishore Lulla, Rakesh Omprakash Mehra, Nandita Das, Pirodjsha Adi Godrej, Sudesh Lehri, amongst others.

Rani Mukerji on being awarded as the Pride Actor of the Year for Hichki, said, “I would like to thank KVG MEDIA and WCRC Leaders Asia for honoring me. Hichki is a reflection of how we all have weaknesses and, how we need to overcome them. I am very proud and thankful that Hichki has been accepted and loved by audiences. The theme of the event is Lead the Change and the core message of Hichki is also about that. We all have that right and duty to become the enablers of change in society and effect positive change in our communities.”

Ranveer Singh happily accepting the Pride Actor of the Year for one of his greatest roles played onscreen as Khilaji in Padmaavat, said “I thank my director Mr. Sanjay Leela Bhansali for convincing me to take up this challenge and bring out the best in me. I hope to continue to take on such interesting challenges and entertaining you all.”

Abhimanyu Ghosh, Editor-In-Chief, WCRCINT, said, “WCRC’s team of experts has spent long months of research, analysis and studies to arrive at our list of awardees tonight. They are all not just leaders in their fields, but also role models for the youth of India as an entire generation prepares to take on the world. Winners of all awards – Pride of India, India’s Most Trusted CEOs and Brand of the Year – are icons who will spearhead India into its next phase of growth. We have worked hard to make this night a success and with all the love we have received, I’d like to thank all our partners, winners and supporters who came out in full strength tonight. We promise to be back bigger, better, stronger.”

WCRCLEADERS also honoured ‘India’s Most Trusted CEOs’. The 2018 edition of India’s Most Trusted CEO’s research is divided into 3 segments. The Iconic, Inspirational and the Trailblazers. WCRCLEADERS 2nd edition, India’s Most Trusted CEOs include BhaskarBhat – MD & CEO Titan, Ashish Bhasin – CEO Dentsu Aegis, Mohit Malhotra – CEO Godrej Properties, Dr. Anoop Kumar Mittal – Chairman & MD NBCC, Chandru Kalro – MD & CEO TTK Prestige, Rajeev Krishnan – CEO SPAR Hypermarket, Vipul Mathur – CEO Welspun, Tapan Singhel – MD & CEO Bajaj Allianz, Amit Gainda – CEO Avanse Financial Services, Dr. Hari Prasad – President Apollo Hospital, Ashish Mehrotra – CEO Max Bupa, Rishika Lulla – CEO EROS, Tarun Rai – CEO JWT South Asia, Nisha Narayan – CEO Red FM, Dr. Sandeep Gupta – MD, Richa Industries Limited, Bhaskar Patel – MD, Technip India Limited, Ravindra Sannareddy, MD, Sricity  and many more.

The 2018 edition of Brand of the Year 2018 was released by Shri Deepak Vasant Kesarkar, Honorable Minister of State for Home, Finance and Planning, Maharashtra. WCRCINT Brand of the Year is India’s only voting engine-based People’s Choice Brand Research. 25 brands from different categories were selected for Brands of the Year 2018, India’s Best Brands. Some of the selected brands for 2018 are BMW, Titan, Apollo Hospital, SPAR Hypermarket, TTK Prestige, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tanishq, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Avanse Financial Services, Frooti, Dettol, Horlicks, Marriott-Walnut Grove Resort, Hindustan Petroleum – Power, Hindustan Petroleum – Power 99, Maggi, Jaguar Overseas, Embassy Group, Himalaya Face Wash, Utkarsh Pipes, Skyline Builders, Laurus School, Elica and Metropolitan Stock Exchange, Himalaya Baby Care, Kommerling, Sri City, Ballantines and many more.

Commenting on the award, Tarun Rai, CEO, J Walter Thompson South Asia, said, “An award for trust is special. Trust has so many dimensions. As a CEO you need to ‘earn’ the trust of so many stakeholders. Your employees, your leadership team, your partners, your clients, your global company, shareholders, and trust goes beyond meeting budgeted numbers. It has to do with the culture you build, of creating a conducive work environment, of empowering people, of investing in their growth. I believe trust is the most important attribute for a leader. If you have your people’s trust you can move mountains.”

Nisha Narayanan, COO & Director, Red FM & Redtro and CEO, Digital Radio (Mumbai), said, “It feels great to be recognized by WCRCINT. It’s a matter of pride for all of us at Red FM to receive this prestigious award as I see to it as a team effort. My endeavor has always been to promote a participatory culture at the workplace fostering some of the most innovative ideas that we have worked on be it ‘Malishka ko mat sun’ or ‘Mumbai khadde main’ or even the most recent campaign ‘National Jock Exchange’. My goal for the brand is to take a geographical spread to cover all the important tier 1 and tier 2 towns as these would be the growth hubs for us in the near future.”

Vocalising the essence of leadership, seminal business leader Rajeev Krishnan, CEO, Spar Hypermarket, said, “This definitely has to be one of the most humble experiences in my life. To be able to do what you do, to be able to love doing it every day of your life, and to be able to do it with people you love, is the ultimate in life. The word ‘trust’ is an extremely powerful word and to be given that responsibility is even more breathtaking in itself. I’m extremely grateful and I certainly hope I can live up to this honor for years to come.”


WCRC lives by the core values ‘Your Brand is the Business’. Hence it strives hard to make that happen. WCRCINT is a global leading firm in Research and Niche Publications. It has the leading number of Brand Intellectual Properties.

For more information, please visit http://www.wcrcint.com .

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