The Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival has announced the appointment of well-known name in advertising, David Droga, as the President for both the Film and Press 2006 Cannes Lions juries.
Born and raised in an Australian ski resort, David (37) has become one of advertising's most influential individuals.
Commenting on his appointment, David said, "I am extremely flattered to be the Jury President. Cannes has always been very good to me and I hope to reciprocate as much as possible."
Three years after graduating top student at the Australian Writers & Art Directors School he became a partner and Executive Creative Director of OMON Sydney. Over the next five years, OMON won "Australian Agency of the Year" twice and "Ad of the Year" four times.
In 1996, David moved to Singapore as Executive Creative Director of Saatchi Singapore and Regional Creative Director of Saatchi Asia. At 29, David was promoted to Executive Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi London. In his six years at Saatchi & Saatchi, David collected 45 Lions and 2 Grand Prix at Cannes.
In 2003, another challenge raised its head and once again David packed his bags. This time the destination was New York, as the first-ever Worldwide Chief Creative Officer of the Publicis Network.
David has now announced that he was leaving his job to launch a joint venture with the Publicis Group. DROGAFIVE, a brand ideas and entertainment laboratory. Opening in early 2006, DROGAFIVE will be based in New York and Los Angeles.
"David has become one of the most talented, respected and awarded creative stars today, receiving countless personal accolades along the way. Having made his mark in Asia, Europe and now in the USA, his international outlook makes him the ideal Jury President for Cannes" said Terry Savage, the Festival's Executive Chairman.
The 53rd International Advertising Festival will be held on June 18-24, 2006 in Cannes, France.