Cannes Lions announces 2020 Jury Presidents: Sonal Dabral to head Direct Lions Jury
For the first time, 53% of Presidents at Cannes Lions are women, up from 33% in 2019
The 2020 Jury Presidents for Cannes Lions have been announced and Sonal Dabral, Chief Creative Officer, South & SE Asia & Vice Chairman, India, Ogilvy, has been selected to lead the Direct Lions Jury.
Over his 30-year career, Dabral has led agencies to the top position in three different markets across Asia. At Ogilvy Mumbai, he helped drive it to become India's Number 1 creative agency. He also led Ogilvy Singapore to the top position in Asia, and the third most awarded office in the world at Cannes Lions 2007, a first for an Asian agency. Dabral has judged or chaired every major international and regional award show, and has spoken at major festivals and events across the globe.
Among the global spread of elite industry experts, 53 per cent of Presidents are also women for the first time (up from 33 per cent in 2019) – ensuring global female talent is equally represented at the head of the juries. The new Creative Business Transformation Lions will also be awarded in 2020, alongside the refreshed PR Lions.
Simon Cook, Managing Director, Cannes Lions, said, “We’re delighted to present such an impressive global line-up of experts from all over the world. The Cannes Lions Jury Presidents represent the many facets of the creative global industry and will play a fundamental role in defining the creative benchmark on the global stage in 2020. As the uses of creativity expand and diversify, so does the work and so do our expert juries. This year, we have established gender parity in our President line-up as part of our ongoing commitment to appoint outstanding global talent that represents the full breadth of our diverse community.”
The other 2020 Jury Presidents are as follows:
Titanium Lions - Susan Credle, Global Chief Creative Officer, FCB, Global
Global CCO of FCB since January 2016, Credle has reignited the network and bolstered its creative reputation. The creative brilliance behind iconic multiple Lion-winning work including M&M's "Human" and Allstate's "Mayhem", Credle has received numerous industry accolades.
Design Lions - Pum Lefebure, Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Design Army, USA
Lefebure is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Design Army, leading global brand campaigns for clients including the Hong Kong Ballet, the Academy Awards, PepsiCo, Karl Lagerfeld, Adobe, and The Ritz-Carlton.
Film Lions - Richard Brim, Chief Creative Officer, adam&eveDDB, UK
Since Brim joined adam&eveDDB in 2013, the agency has won seven Grands Prix at Cannes Lions, as well as being named Agency of the Year in 2014 and 2018. Recent notable creative highlights for his Creative Department include the Lion-winning John Lewis Christmas work, Project 84 for Calm, the launch of FIFA 18 and the Marmite Gene Project.
Mobile Lions - Andrew Keller, VP, Global Creative Director, Facebook, Global
Keller’s work has been globally recognised at Cannes Lions, picking-up three Titanium Grands Prix Lions in his career. Keller leads the development of experiences and creative across all surfaces for Facebook’s business audience around the world. Prior to Facebook, he spent 18 years working with creative agency CP+B.
Outdoor Lions - Luiz Sanches, Chairman, Chief Creative Officer & Partner, AlmapBBDO, Brazil
Sanches has received more awards than any other Brazilian creative, including over 180 Lions at the Festival. In 2018, he also served as President of the Cannes Lions Film Jury. Almap is a four-time Cannes Lions Agency of the Year and the best-performing Brazilian agency in the Festival’s history. In 2013, Sanches became a partner at AlmapBBDO, where he is now Chairman & CCO and serves on BBDO's Global Creative Board. The Gunn Report once named him the best creative director in the world.
Print & Publishing Lions - Liz Taylor, Global Chief Creative Officer Leo Burnett / Worldwide Chief Creative Officer Publicis Communications NA
Taylor’s canon of creative work has earned her clients’ numerous Lions at the Festival, alongside other awards. Liz oversees the global creative vision for Leo Burnett, the third most-awarded creative network in the world (The Gunn Report) and leads creative for Publicis Communications North America.
Radio & Audio Lions - Ted Lim, Chief Creative Officer, Dentsu Brand Agencies, Dentsu Aegis Network, APAC
Lim has led on creative work that has won multiple Grands Prix Awards at Cannes Lions and in 2017 he stood as the Direct Jury President. Lim repositioned the work Dentsu Asia-Pacific produces as “Innovative Business Solutions”. His team at Dentsu has produced globally recognised work for global clients, including Coca-Cola, Sprite, Zespri, Prudential, Unilever, Adidas, Qantas, Uniqlo and Yamaha.
Digital Craft Lions - Jax Ostle-Evans, Managing Director, Stink Studios, UK
Over the course of her career, Jax has won 16 Gold and 15 Silver Lions and other accolades at leading industry awards. She was also a member of the Film Craft Lions Jury in 2015. Ostle-Evans joined Stink Studios London as Executive Producer, becoming Managing Director in 2017. Her combined knowledge of film and digital have enabled her to spearhead a slew of innovative integrated projects, whilst helping to transition Stink Studios from a digital production company to a strategic and creative agency.
Film Craft Lions - Kerstin Emhoff, President, PRETTYBIRD, USA
Emhoff is Co-founder and President of PRETTYBIRD, a hybrid production company and creative studio producing entertainment properties and original IP alongside filmmakers, studios and brands.
Industry Craft Lions - Jayanta Jenkins, Global Executive Creative Director, Samsung Mobile, Cheil Worldwide, Global
With an industry track record of 17 years as a creative leader, Jenkins is currently responsible for creative direction for Samsung Mobile Communications global account, heading up a dedicated global creative team. Before becoming global executive creative director for Samsung Mobile, Jenkins was Twitter’s former global group creative director and more recently the global executive creative director at HP. He was also the global creative lead at Apple’s Beats by Dre.
Entertainment Lions - Jae Goodman, CEO, Observatory (A Stagwell and CAA Company), Global
Jae Goodman is CEO of Observatory, an agency for the content era. Observatory leverages the power of popular culture to create campaigns that drive business results for the world's leading brands. Jae was the inaugural Entertainment Lions Jury President in 2016, has won four Cannes Lions Grand Prix in four different categories, 26 Lions in total.
Entertainment Lions for Music - Wyclef Jean, President and Chief Strategy Officer, Carnival World Music Group, USA
Wyclef Jean has written, performed, and produced as a solo superstar and as founder of the Fugees and has been a consistently powerful, pop cultural force for over two decades. In 1996, the Fugees released their monumental album The Score. Since then, Wyclef has released eight albums as a solo artist, that have sold nearly nine million copies worldwide. Jean has previously been on the Entertainment Lions for Music jury and now returns in 2020 as President.
Entertainment Lions for Sport - Ben Hartman, Chief Client Officer, International, Octagon, Global
Ben Hartman is the Chief Client Officer, International, for Octagon, a creative agency with a specialism in sports and entertainment. Ben is viewed as one of the industry’s next generation of leading stars and oversees a team across APAC. Ben has worked on award-winning campaigns on behalf of brands such as Unilever, Standard Chartered Bank and Mastercard, winning numerous Lions at the Festival. He was also a member of the inaugural Cannes Lions Entertainment Lion for Sport jury.
Brand Experience & Activation Lions - Vicki Maguire, Chief Creative Officer, Havas, UK
Maguire is one of the most awarded creatives in the industry today. She is also one of the few creatives to be awarded outside of the industry, picking up a British Comedy Award for The Angina Monologues, a programme that aired on Christmas Day to an audience of 7 million. A vocal advocate of diversity and inclusion, Vicki was the first female chair of Creative Circle and helped set up the Creative Circle foundation; a charity that helps fund students from diverse backgrounds enter the industry.
Creative Business Transformation Lions - Ronald Ng, Global Chief Creative Officer, Isobar, Global
Ronald Ng leads the creative charge across Isobar’s 85 offices to deliver world-class experience-led transformation, powered by creativity. Joining in 2018, Ronald steered Isobar to their most successful year at the 2019 Cannes Lions Festival – establishing Isobar’s strength in the ‘Creative Experience and Commerce’ space with a Creative eCommerce Gold Lion for KFC and Isobar China. Ng was previously Global CCO at Digitas where he helped transform their creative offering and won the 2017 Creative Data Grand Prix.
Creative eCommerce Lions - Tiffany Rolfe, EVP Chief Creative Officer, R/GA, USA
As EVP Chief Creative Officer US, Rolfe champions R/GA’s creative vision across its six U.S. offices. She works in partnership with Richard Ting, EVP Global Chief Experience Officer + US Chief Creative Officer, to lead creative teams that work at the intersection of business and culture to deliver transformational work to global clients. She was named one of Ad Age’s “Women to Watch” and is currently on the board of The One Club and the Ad Council Creative Committee. Tiffany is well-known for developing strategic creative solutions that lead to business and cultural impact, and she brings over 20 years of design and creative experience.
Glass: The Lion for Change - Karen Blackett OBE, WPP UK Country Manager and Chairwoman MediaCom UK & Ireland
Karen Blackett OBE is a renowned business leader with a track record in creating vibrant cultures and consistently delivering business growth and success. With over 20 years’ experience at the forefront of the media industry, and after an enormously successful period as CEO of MediaCom UK, in January 2018, Karen became the first UK Country Manager for WPP, the world’s largest communications network, overseeing 14,000 people across multiple operating brands.
Sustainable Development Goals Lions - Eduardo Maruri, VP Global Creative Board & President/CEO Europe, Grey Worldwide, Global
In 2012, Maruri Grey won the first Lion for Ecuador. That Lion, a Gold, sits at the Presidential Palace Museum. In the last 8 years, different offices under his direct creative leadership have accumulated 109 Lions, including 21 Gold, 2 Grands Prix and two Regional Network of the Year recognitions. Maruri is the Founder and CCO of Maruri Grey in Ecuador, as well as President & CEO of Grey Latin America, President & CEO of Grey Europe and VP of the Grey Global Creative Board. Eduardo is a former politician, elected congressman, and member of the Constituent Assembly.
Health & Wellness Lions - Tom Richards, Chief Creative Officer and Chairman of the Havas Health Global Creative Council, Havas Lynx, Global
2018 saw Havas Lynx Group crowned Cannes Lions Healthcare Agency of The Year and in 2019 Havas Lynx Group appeared in the UK’s top 10 creative agencies. In an astonishingly short space of time, Richards has grown the creative department to over 100, including 12 hugely talented Creative Directors. Richards is also Chairman of the Havas Health Global creative council and responsible for driving creative standards across the network.
Pharma Lions - Anne de Schweinitz, Global Managing Director, Healthcare, FleishmanHillard, Global
For four years in a row, Anne has been honoured as one of the most influential people in healthcare communications on Medical Marketing & Media and PR Week’s “Health Influencer 50.” In 2016, she served on the Pharma Lions Jury and as Healthcare Jury President for the eurobest Awards. Anne de Schweinitz leads an award-winning team of more than 300 healthcare communications specialists around the world at FleishmanHillard’s healthcare arm.
Innovation Lions - Claudia Cristovao, Head of Google Brand Studio, APAC, Google
Cristovao has previously sat on the Titanium Lions jury and returns to lead the Innovation Lions as President in 2020. She has been a guest speaker at both Cannes Lions and Spikes Asia. Cristovao has worked as a writer, brand developer and creative director for a range of global brands including Google, Honda and AMEX. Her projects scan disciplines from art installations to digital experiences to business transformation and her artwork has been exhibited across the world.
Creative Effectiveness Lions - Ann Mukherjee, Chairman & CEO, North America, Pernod Ricard NA, USA
In her distinguished career, Mukherjee has been the recipient of numerous Lions Awards. She was named by Business Insider as one of the top 100 most innovative CMO’s in the world. She also has been named as an Ad Age Women to Watch, Brand Week Marketer of the Year, and on the Forbes Top 50 Most Influential CMOs list. She was also a member of the Cannes Lions Creative Effectiveness Jury in 2017.
Creative Data Lions - Maurice Riley, Chief Data Officer, Digitas, Australia & New Zealand
Riley has led the charge on the development of creative data over the course of his career. He has delivered data-fuelled creative for P&G, BMW, Campbell’s Arnott’s, Virgin Australia, Samsung, and Tourism Australia. Award wins include numerous Lions and he previously served on the Cannes Lions Creative Data Jury. He has been a guest speaker at many conferences around the world.
Creative Strategy Lions - Suzanne Powers, Global Chief Strategy Officer, McCann Worldgroup, Global
At McCann Worldgroup, Powers is responsible for the strategic development of the company and its clients' brands across all regions and agencies. Under her leadership, McCann was ranked the number 1 advertising agency network for creative effectiveness in the 2019 WARC Effective 100 rankings. As a known advocate for talent ideas and creativity, she was named "2019 Chief Strategy Office of the Year" by Ad Age.
Media Lions - Philippa Brown, Worldwide CEO, PHD, Global
As CEO, Brown oversees the running of the global network at PHD Worldwide, consisting of close to 6,000 staff across 100 offices. Brown took the helm in July 2019. Since then, she has been instrumental in transforming the network’s approach to helping brands create and harness ideas that go beyond expectations, as well as ideas that enable them to make the leap above their competitors and enjoy disproportionate growth.
PR Lions - Gail Heimann, President & CEO, Weber Shandwick, USA
Under Heimann’s leadership, Weber Shandwick has won nearly 100 Lions at the Festival, in partnership with leading brands around the world. Gail has served on three juries at Cannes Lions: President of the PR Jury in 2012; a member of the inaugural jury for Glass: The Lion for Change in 2014, and a member of the Titanium Lions Jury in 2018. Gail is chairwoman of the PR Council and she sits on the board of The LAGRANT Foundation. She was named PRWeek’s Global Agency Professional of the Year in 2019. Earlier in her career, she was named an Ad Age “Woman to Watch.”
Social & Influencer Lions - Debbi Vandeven, Global Chief Creative Officer, VMLY&R, Global
Under Vandeven’s leadership, VMLY&R has experienced unprecedented growth and recognition, earning a wealth of top awards. At the 2019 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the agency received 31 Lions, including two coveted Grands Prix in Glass: The Lion for Change and Social & Influencer categories; 69 shortlists, as well as Agency of the Year in the Reach and Good Tracks.
The Presidents will join their juries at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity where the winning work will be awarded and celebrated each evening from June 22 to 26, 2020.
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