Cannes Lions names film, press jury president

  • Business
  • Saturday, 14 Jan 2012

OGILVY & Mather worldwide chief creative officer Tham Khai Meng will head both the film and press juries at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity to be held from June 17 to 23.

The organiser says in a statement that Advertising Age calls Tham “one of the world's most influential people in the communications business.”

“Tham has won every major advertising award, and the roster of accounts he has worked on represents a catalogue of the world's greatest brands, including American Express, Cadbury's, Coca-Cola, China Mobile, H.J. Heinz, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Kraft Foods, Mercedes-Benz, McDonald's, Toyota, The Economist, Unilever Dove and United Nations, among others,” it says.

He has chaired many jury panels including serving as a Cannes Lions juror on the Press and Outdoor Lions in 2003, the Press Lions in 2007, the Titanium & Integrated Lions in 2010, and as president of the Film, Print, Outdoor, Radio and Integrated juries for the Dubai International Advertising Festival in 2009.

Starting out at Leo Burnett London, Tham then moved to Batey Ads where his work as creative director for Singapore Airlines is still regarded as a textbook case on brand building. He joined Ogilvy & Mather in 2000 as regional creative director and co-chairman of its Asia-Pacific network.

The creative transformation he instituted led him to be named Creative Director of the Year for seven years running by Campaign Brief Asia. Tham was inducted into the Campaign Brief Hall of Fame in 2008.

In 2009, Khai moved to New York to assume the duties of worldwide chief creative officer and chairman of the worldwide creative council at Ogilvy & Mather.

The International Festival of Creativity is the world's leading celebration of creativity in communications. Founded in 1954, the festival takes place every June in Cannes, France.

Over 28,800 entries from all over the world were showcased and judged at the festival last year.

The Star is the official and exclusive Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity representative for Malaysia.

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