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16 Jul 2024 20:41

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Jury chairs named for The WARC Awards 2024

Senior marketing leaders from Ambev, Essity, Lenovo, Telkom and NBCUniversal among the 15 jury chairs appointed

The WARC Awards for Effectiveness 2024 have named the 15 jury chairs that will guide the juries to award the best marketing campaigns from around the world that deliver strategic brilliance and effective impact to drive commercial success.

The jury chairs will lead the judging process for their respective regions – Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Latin America, and North America – to select the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners across 12 categories. Working together as a super jury, they will go on to award the highly sought after Grands Prix, the ultimate recognition of marketing success, selected from all the regional Golds.

John Bizzell, Awards Lead, WARC, said: “The line-up of jury chairs for the WARC Awards 2024 is a perfect reflection of the expansion of the show – they represent a truly diverse mix of experience, geography and some of the biggest global and local brands. Their expertise, guidance and drive for effective marketing will shine a light on the best campaigns that deliver impact. We are delighted to be working with them.”

The WARC Awards 2024 jury chairs are:

ASIA-PACIFIC

Bhaskar Choudhuri, CMO, Lenovo, APAC

Strategic Thinking jury chair

Sindhuja Rai, CEO, Wavemaker, APAC

Channel Integration, Channel Pioneer, Partnerships & Sponsorships, Path to Purchase, Use of Data jury chair

Dean Chadwick, CMO, MYOB, Australia

Brand Purpose, Business-to-Business, Cultural Impact, Customer Experience, Instant Impact, Long-term Growth jury chair

Commenting on his appointment, MYOB’s Dean Chadwick said: “In an ever-changing landscape, this is a wonderful opportunity to explore how some of the strongest marketing minds are putting their skill to the test. I look forward to seeing the strategies these brands employ to counter a challenging environment, and how they find fresh new ways to effectively communicate with their market.”

EUROPE

Kevin Mercer, Director, Brand Strategy, Expedia Group, UK

Strategic Thinking jury chair

Joost Hoppe, Global Media Lead, Heineken, Global

Channel Integration, Channel Pioneer, Partnerships & Sponsorships, Path to Purchase, Use of Data jury chair

Tanja Grubner, Global Marketing Director, Essity GmbH, Global

Brand Purpose, Business-to-Business, Cultural Impact, Customer Experience, Instant Impact, Long-term Growth jury chair

Tanja Grubner of Essity, comments: “Never waste a crisis. This quote has never been more true than now, when marketing campaigns that deliver business results are without alternatives. I’ll be looking for brands that have answers for today’s challenges, who demonstrate that their strategy is creative, their creative is strategic and their impact longlasting.”

LATIN AMERICA

Daniel Wakswaser, CMO, Ambev, Brazil

Strategic Thinking jury chair

Sean Summers, CMO, Mercado Libre, Uruguay

Brand Purpose, Business-to-Business, Cultural Impact, Customer Experience, Instant Impact, Long-term Growth jury chair

Carolina Sandoval Villamil, Media Director, Haleon, EMEA & LATAM

Channel Integration, Channel Pioneer, Partnerships & Sponsorships, Path to Purchase, Use of Data jury chair

Carolina Sandoval Villamil of Haleon said: “This is the opportunity of a lifetime! I’m looking forward to seeing what brands are doing around retail media – the so-called 3rd Digital wave. Also, what is happening around responsible media – our responsibility in the advertising world towards society, the planet and bringing real value to our consumers.”

MIDDLE EAST and AFRICA

Carolyne Kendi, CMO, Absa Kenya PLC, Kenya

Strategic Thinking jury chair

Gugu Mthembu, CMO, Telkom, South Africa

Brand Purpose, Business-to-Business, Cultural Impact, Customer Experience, Instant Impact, Long-term Growth jury chair

Khaled AlShehhi, Executive Director of Marketing and Communication, UAE Government Media Office, UAE

Channel Integration, Channel Pioneer, Partnerships & Sponsorships, Path to Purchase, Use of Data jury chair

Khaled AlShehhi of UAE Government Media Office, says: “I am eager to spotlight the dynamic and diverse talent in the Middle East and Africa. This region brims with untold stories and unexplored creativity that can redefine effectiveness in our industry. I’m looking forward to honoring campaigns that not only resonate deeply with their audiences but also set new benchmarks for measurable success in our rapidly evolving marketing landscape.”

NORTH AMERICA

Susan Irving, CMO, Kruger Products Inc., Canada

Strategic Thinking jury chair

Yusuf Chuku, EVP, Strategic Planning & Commercial Impact, NBCUniversal, USA

Channel Integration, Channel Pioneer, Partnerships & Sponsorships, Path to Purchase, Use of Data jury chair

Dara Treseder, CMO, Autodesk, USA

Brand Purpose, Business-to-Business, Cultural Impact, Customer Experience, Instant Impact, Long-term Growth jury chair

Autodesk’s Dara Treseder, comments: “I’m honoured to chair the WARC Awards this year, and to have the opportunity to engage with so many incredible brands. To stand out, brands must deliver streamlined, relevant, and digitally robust experiences for all their customers. I’m excited to evaluate how brands are leveraging innovation and creativity to drive relevance and business results in new and unexpected ways.”

Key dates for WARC Awards 2024 are:

Early bird deadline: 12 December 2023
Final deadline: 6 February 2024
Regional winners announcements: 20-25 May 2024
Global Grand Prix winners announcements: Cannes Lions Week 2024

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