Jose Papa has been announced as the new Managing Director of Lions Festivals, encompassing Cannes Lions, Lions Health, Lions Innovation, Lions Entertainment plus its regional events of eurobest, Dubai Lynx, Spikes Asia and the Tangrams.
Papa is currently CEO of WGSN, Ascential's global fashion trend forecasting service and brings a wealth of experience to the role. Previously, he was Ascential's Regional Director for Latin America. Prior to joining Ascential, Papa ran corporate strategy with Cannes Lions' Official Representative in Brazil, Estadao and held director level positions at T4F, ESPN Brazil and Vex, some of the largest companies in Brazil.
Ascential Events' CEO Philip Thomas said, "Clearly this role attracted a lot of interest, and I am delighted that Jose has agreed to join Lions Festivals. He has led WGSN to unprecedented success, and with a deep understanding of our brand and huge international experience, he was the outstanding candidate for the role."
Commenting on the announcement, Papa said, "Lions Festivals is the definitive global destination for creativity and inspiration. A legacy built by bringing together the world's brightest minds and awarding the most innovative work. It is a privilege to carry on the heritage and further lead an exciting new phase of continued success."
Earlier this year former Lions Festivals CEO, Philip Thomas was announced as CEO of Ascential Events, managing the Exhibitions & Festivals businesses. Jose will begin as Managing Director on 1 September 2016, relocating from New York to the Ascential Events offices in London.