Leaving Our Mark on Cannes

Cannes beach with VMLY&R logo

April 14, 2021

A dozen leaders from VMLY&R companies will be part of Cannes Lions juries awarding the world’s best creative work and benchmark excellence during Cannes Lions Live, a fully digital experience, from June 21-25, 2021.

“I’m so proud to see so many of the fantastic globally recognized creative leaders I’ve worked with at VMLY&R, and in our family of agencies over the years, on various Cannes juries this year," said Debbi Vandeven, global chief creative officer of VMLY&R. "They represent the best of the best — and include specialists across an incredible range of disciplines. I know they’ll do a great job selecting the world’s best creative from around the world.”

Jury members from VMLY&R companies include:

  • Social & Influencer Lions – President: Debbi Vandeven, global CCO at VMLY&R 

  • Entertainment Lions for Sport: Rafael Pitanguy, CCO at VMLY&R São Paulo 

  • Brand Experience & Activation Lions: Dawid Szczepaniak, CCO at VMLY&R Poland 

  • Health & Wellness Lions: Javier Rodriguez, ECD at VMLY&Rx Spain 

  • Film Craft Lions: Laurent Simon, CCO at VMLY&R UK 

  • Creative eCommerce Lions: Gabriela Lungu, global creative director at VMLY&R COMMERCE 

  • Creative Business Transformation Lions: Jeff Geheb, chief experience officer at VMLY&R 

  • Creative Strategy Lions: Alison Tilling, chief strategy officer at VMLY&R Australia 

  • Print & Publishing: Oliver Handlos, ECD at Scholz & Friends Germany

  • Outdoor Shortlist: Mel Routhier, CCO, WPP Walgreens Team and VMLY&R

  • Direct Shortlist: Judite Mota, VMLY&R Lisbon CCO

  • Film Lions Shortlist: Kim Pick, Executive Creative Director, VMLY&R Auckland

Cannes jury members hail from across the world and represent the global industry’s leading talent from the broadest spectrum of disciplines. For the first time ever, the juries also comprise 51% of female jurors, up from 48% in 2019. 

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