Organisers of the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, Eurobest and Dubai Lynx, have announced the appointment of a new CEO. Philip Thomas, former MD of EMAP Media, succeeds Penny Reid, who had resigned in July. Thomas takes up his role from November 1, 2006.
Thomas has worked with EMAP Plc across the Group, including as MD of EMAP Australia, MD of FHM Worldwide, and most recently, MD of EMAP Media, where he had overall responsibility for the management of titles such as Shots, Screen International and Broadcast.
Terry Savage, Executive Chairman of the Festival, said, “I am pleased to welcome Phil to this important role, which will see him working alongside me in developing Cannes, Eurobest and our recently announced award event in Dubai, the Dubai Lynx.”
Commenting on his appointment, Thomas said, “I am absolutely delighted to be working on Cannes Lions, which is such an incredible world-class event. Between now and next year’s Festival I will be working closely with Terry and the team, helping to make Cannes Lions 2007 the best yet, while learning about the complexities of running and staging the event. It’s a huge challenge, which I relish.”
Meanwhile, Carolyn Lowery, Operations Director at the Festival for the last two years, takes on the role of Festival Director at Cannes Lions with immediate effect. She joined the Festival as a member of the entries team. She was soon promoted to Head of Entries. During the last two years, she was the Operations Director.
The organisers have also announced jury presidents for the inaugural edition of the Dubai Lynx. The new advertising awards honoring Middle East and North African advertising creative excellence is to be launched in 2007. Jonathan Harries, Worldwide Chief Creative Officer, Draft FCB Group will head the first TV/Cinema, Print, Outdoor and Radio jury, while Fred Koblinger, CEO PKP Proximity & BBDO Holding Austria, will lead the first Interactive and Direct jury.
Said Savage, “We are thrilled and honoured to have both Jonathan and Fred as our first jury presidents. They are both highly respected international leaders in the industry. Their integrity, pursuit for creative excellence and past international judging and jury presidency experiences are the qualities we want to bring to these new awards.”
Harries, who now leads the newly merged Draft FCB Group, chaired this year’s Loerie Awards in South Africa. Koblinger has twice been on the jury at Cannes Lions and in 2005 was President of the Lions Direct jury. This year he will also head the first Direct jury for the Eurobest Awards.