Colenso BBDO’s Simon Vicars named Cannes Lions Jury President

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has announced the names of the global experts confirmed to lead the 2024 Juries. Leading the Audio and Radio jury is Colenso BBDO’s Chief Creative Officer, Simon ‘Si’ Vicars.  

“To represent New Zealand and Colenso BBDO as a jury president is a career highlight. To me, Cannes is an important chance to celebrate the brands who embraced the power of creativity to give themselves an unfair commercial advantage,” says Vicars.

“From a smaller market point of view, Cannes has always been an opportunity to win your way out of obscurity and stand shoulder to shoulder with the biggest agencies and brands from around the world. It’s a week of envy, inspiration, despair and, if you get it all right, euphoria. I can’t wait.” 

With a career spanning 17 years, Vicars was awarded his first Cannes Lion in 2008. He then went on to win 53 lions as a Copywriter, including two Grand Prix, one Titanium and 19 golds – placing him amongst the most prolifically awarded Creatives in the world. His work, including DB Export Brewtroleum, The Pedigree Child Replacement Programme, Samsung’s Smart Phone Line and Monteith’s Twigs helped Colenso BBDO win Pacific Agency of the Decade at Cannes (2010 – 2020). After three years at adam & eve DDB London leading adidas football, Virgin Media and Mars Petcare, he returned to Colenso BBDO and created Skinny’s Phone It In campaign. In 2023, as Chief Creative Officer, he helped the Auckland-based agency win Cannes Agency of the Year for the Pacific region. 

Convening in Cannes in June, the Jury Presidents will help benchmark excellence across the world’s very best creative and effective work.  

Among the Jury Presidents, Tor Myhren will serve as the Film Lions Jury President – the first time Apple has been represented. GUT’s Anselmo Ramos is confirmed as the Brand Experience & Activation Lions President after a series of historic wins in 2023, and Debbi Vandeven has been announced as Jury President of the Dan Wieden Titanium Lions, representing the largest creative agency network in the world, VML. 

Additionally, after leading its first Jury, Cindy Gallop returns as the Glass: The Lion for Change Jury President for its 10th edition, while previous Lion of St Mark honouree, Prasoon Pandey, is named as the Film Craft Lions President. 

Commenting on the Jury Presidents, Simon Cook, CEO, LIONS, says: “Our Jury Presidents play a crucial role in the existence of the Lions. Their knowledge, skills and incredible talent, combined with the commitment and leadership that they will bring to their roles, bring integrity and rigour to the Lions. This is an exceptional line-up of talent from across the world, and we can’t wait to see the work that rises to the top in June.” 

The Cannes Lions 2024 Jury Presidents have been announced as follows:  

Audio & Radio Lions President 

Simon Vicars, Chief Creative Officer, Colenso BBDO, New Zealand 

Brand Experience & Activation Lions President 

Anselmo Ramos, Founder, Creative Chairman, GUT, Global 

Creative B2B Lions President 

Andisa Ntsubane, Managing Executive: Brand, Marketing and Communications Africa, Vodacom Group, Africa 

Creative Business Transformation Lions President 

Ariana Stolarz, Global Chief Strategy Officer, Marketing, Accenture Song, Global 

Creative Commerce Lions President 

Amy Lanzi, CEO, Digitas NA, Digitas, North America 

Creative Data Lions President 

Rose Herceg, Country President Australia and New Zealand, WPP, Australia and New Zealand 

Creative Effectiveness Lions President 

Harjot Singh, Global Chief Strategy Officer, McCann and McCann Worldgroup, Global 

Creative Strategy Lions President 

Vita M. Harris, Global Chief Strategy Officer, FCB, Global 

Design Lions President 

Fura Johannesdottir, Chief Creative Officer, Huge, Global 

Digital Craft Lions President 

Kentaro Kimura, International Chief Creative Officer and Corporate Officer, Hakuhodo, APAC 

Direct Lions President 

Pancho Cassis, Partner and Global Chief Creative Officer, DAVID, Global 

Entertainment Lions President 

Geoffrey Edwards, Executive Creative Director, GALE, USA 

Entertainment Lions for Gaming President 

Lydia Winters, Chief Storyteller, Mojang Studios, Global 

Entertainment Lions for Music President 

Madeline Nelson, US Head of Independent Label Relations, Amazon Music, USA 

Entertainment Lions for Sport President 

Louise Johnson, CEO, Fuse International, UK/EMEA 

Film Lions President 

Tor Myhren, VP Marketing Communications, Apple Inc, Global 

Film Craft Lions President 

Prasoon Pandey, Ad Film Maker, Corcoise Films, India 

Glass: The Lion for Change President 

Cindy Gallop, Founder and CEO, MakeLoveNotPorn, Global 

Health & Wellness Lions President 

Wendy Chan, Health Creative Lead, Asia Pacific, Edelman, APAC 

Industry Craft Lions President 

Kalpesh Patankar, Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett, UAE 

Innovation Lions President 

Diego Machado, Global Chief Creative Officer, AKQA, Global 

Media Lions President 

Prerna Mehrotra, Chief Client Officer and CEO Media, dentsu, APAC 

Outdoor Lions President 

Marco Venturelli, Chief Creative Officer, Publicis Groupe, France 

Pharma Lions President 

Collette Douaihy, Global Chief Creative Officer, Health, Dentsu Health, Global 

PR Lions President 

Kat Thomas, Founder and Global Chief Creative Officer, One Green Bean, Global 

Print & Publishing Lions President 

John Raúl Forero, President and Chief Creative Officer, DDB, Colombia 

Social & Influencer Lions President 

Amy Ferguson, Chief Creative Officer, TBWA\Chiat\Day New York, USA 

Sustainable Development Goals Lions President 

Gustavo Lauria, Co-Founder, President and Chief Creative Officer, We Believers, USA 

Titanium Lions President 

Debbi Vandeven, Global Chief Creative Officer, VML, Global 

The Jury President of the new Luxury & Lifestyle Lions will be announced shortly.  

Cannes Lions is now open for awards submissions until 11 April 2024. Further information on the Awards, including entry kits, can be found here.

Cannes Lions 2024 takes place from 17 to 21 June in Cannes, France.

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