EMAP has announced that Terry Savage, currently Executive Chairman of the International Advertising Festival (IAF), will take up a broader strategic role of Chairman of the IAF -- the holding company for Cannes Lions, Eurobest and the new Dubai Lynx Advertising Festival. Following the completion of the 2007 Festival, the recently-appointed CEO Philip Thomas will take on day-to-day responsibilities for these businesses.
An official communiqué quoted: “This appointment is driven by the recognition by EMAP of the growth opportunities available in the market and the desire to continue innovation and development in the creative space.” The new role will be effective this year from August 1.
Savage said, “There is now a great team in place. Phil Thomas, our CEO, has shown immense capability and energy, and is well placed to drive our three events -- Cannes Lions, Eurobest and Dubai Lynx -- to even greater heights. The restructure that we completed last year sees him supported by Festival Director Carolyn Lowery who brings a wealth of knowledge from many years in the business. This strong management team will ensure continued innovation and growth to these businesses.”
“Creativity is such a differentiator and enhancer of business today, and we see the opportunity to drive this sector, and that will be the focus of my role,” Savage added.
Philip Thomas said, “Terry and I will work together to deliver our many plans for the business, and I am delighted that he has chosen to continue adding his energy, experience and wisdom to the IAF.”
Nick Morgan, Group Managing Director, Emap Communications, said, “I am very pleased that we are able to announce these changes, which will see Terry, who has done a fantastic job on the IAF, taking a more strategic role while Philip steps up in his role as CEO.”