The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has announced that David Droga, Founder and Creative Chairman, Droga5, will be honoured with the Lion of St. Mark award at this year’s festival.
Droga is one of the most awarded creatives at Cannes Lions. He won his first Lion at age 19 and has achieved more than 70 Gold and 15 Grand Prix/Titanium Lions in his career to date.
“The Lion of St. Mark recognizes an individual who has made a significant and outstanding contribution to creativity in our industry,” said Jose Papa, Managing Director, Cannes Lions. “His drive, passion, and unbounded creative skill have led him to deliver continual award-winning results. He’s set the global standard.”
On this, Droga commented, “I have worked with more talented people and had more opportunities than one creative person deserves. The Lion of St. Mark honour is beyond my wildest ambitions. It’s incredible to be recognized with this, when you still feel you have so much more to do and prove. But I will soak it up with pride and humility.”
At 22, Droga became a Partner and Executive Creative Director of OMON Sydney and in 1996, he moved to Singapore to become Executive Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore and Regional Creative Director of Saatchi Asia. At age 29, he was promoted to Executive Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi London, and under his charge, they were awarded, for the first time, Agency of the Year at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in 1996.
In 2003, Droga became the first-ever Worldwide Chief Creative Officer of the Publicis Network in New York. In less than two years, Publicis enjoyed a very public creative and new business renaissance around the world. Restless to launch his own agency, Droga founded Droga5 in New York City in 2006. In just over 10 years, Droga5 has seen unprecedented success and has become one of the most revered and influential agencies on the planet, including back-to-back accolades as Cannes Lions Independent Agency of the Year in 2015 and 2016.
Droga will be presented with the Lion of St. Mark during the Festival awards ceremony on Saturday, June 24. He will also be speaking on the Cannes Lions stage on Friday, June 23.