“This book is a story of India in transition. Brands that emerged from Gujarat provided authenticity, the value of money, and quality”, said IIMA Director Prof. Errol D’Souza, who was the chief guest at the event.
AHMEDABAD: The director of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad on Saturday released MICA’s maiden publication ‘Brand Magic: The Art & Science of Creating Successful Brands’ — an extensively researched book that delves into ten notable brands that emerged from Gujarat.
Speaking at the book release function held at Ahmedabad Management Association, Prof. Errol D’Souza, Director, IIMA, said, “The book Brand Magic is the testimony of courage, mettle, hard work, and ideas to make things happen. All the stories are about how these home-grown brands provided authenticity, the value of money, and quality during the controlled era of the Indian Economy, when consumers were not sure whom to trust. Likability and trustworthiness always help brands to be exponentially successful. Everything is conveyed in an interesting storytelling format in the book.”
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The book, published by MI-Press, MICA’s academic publishing house, showcases how Marketing Communications has played a significant role in taking the brands namely AMUL, Astral Pipes, Balaji Wafers, Fogg, Havmor, Jio, Rasna, Sugar-Free, Symphony, and Wagh Bakri, from state-level to national and international levels. The book is co-authored by Prof. Alan D’Souza, former Executive Director at Mudra Communications and one of the Founding Members of MICA, and Dr. Prashant Pareek, Faculty in the Area of Marketing and Entrepreneurship at Shanti Business School.
MICA President & Director Dr. Shailendra Raj Mehta felicitated the brand magicians present at the event, namely - Mr. Achal Bakeri, Chairman & MD, Symphony, Mr. Piruz Khambatta, Chairman & MD, Rasna, Mr. Jayen Mehta, COO, GCMMF (AMUL), and Mr. Pradeep Chona, Former CMD Havmor & Director of Huber & holly with a copy of the book and a memento.
Established in 1991, MICA is the first residential institute in the country and perhaps in the Asia-Pacific region, dedicated to creating Leadership in Strategic Marketing and Communication.
Its spirit lies in its grasping of contemporariness, addressing the needs of an ever-changing environment. The MICA brand assures effective delivery of Strategic Marketing and Communication solutions to the industry, government and community.
Today, it is the alma mater of professionals serving in leadership positions in some of the best-known companies in India and the world, in marketing, brand management, research & analytics, advertising, media, digital and other strategic marketing and communication-driven businesses.