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Laurentino to Assume Global ECD Role on Unilever at O&M


After spending the last three years at TBWA\London, where he currently serves as executive creative director and global CD for McDonald’s, Andre Laurentino is heading to Ogilvy to assume the global ECD post on Unilever, effective February 2014. The Brazilian native will remain based in London when he joins O&M, whose U.K. office serves as the global hub for Unilever brands including Dove and Hellman’s. Laurentino (pictured alongside his new boss, O&M worldwide CCO Tham Khai Meng) succeeds Gerry Human, who has now been bumped up to CCO at Ogilvy London.  During his career, the new Ogilvy global ECD worked for several years at the likes of AlmapBBDO and Lew’Lara\TBWA, picking up Cannes Lions, D&AD and One Show Pencils along the way.

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Tuesday Morning Stir

-Alex Yenni, who most recently served as lead digital planner at SapientNitro on accounts including VitaminWater (on, for example, the #MakeBoringBrilliant campaign), has joined Blast Radius New York as strategy director.

-Spikes Asia 2013, which takes place Sept. 15-17 in Singapore, has announced its jury presidents including Ogilvy worldwide CCO Tham Khai Meng, who will head up Film, Press, Outdoor and Radio. link

-Pasadena, CA-based indie agency Ayzenberg Group, which boasts a client roster ranging from EA to Microsoft to Disney, is opening up shop in London this summer.

-Omnicom-owned Minneapolis agency Martin|Williams is behind the designs for new cans being offered by local brewer, Finnegans. link

-David&Goliath has teamed up with Psyop for a new effort called “More Luck for Your Buck,” which promotes the California Lottery’s Fortune 55 Scratchers game (above).

-Indianapolis-based agency Young & Laramore brought on Lindsay Hadley as an art director on accounts including Scotts LawnService.

Cannes Announces More Juries, while the ANDYs Embraces the Apocalypse

We’ll do a little killing two birds with one stone this morning by letting you know the latest news from a couple of the most notable industry award shows of the year. First off, Cannes continues filling up its various jury rosters, this time announcing those who’ll be judging in the Creative Effectiveness, PR, Design and Film categories. Among those serving as presidents include Havas/Euro RSCG Worldwide CEO David Jones for Creative Effectiveness , Ogilvy worldwide CCO Tham Khai Meng for Film and Turner Duckworth namesake/creative Bruce Duckworth for Design.

We’ll spare you the full lists (you can go to the Cannes Lions site for those) since we’d rather focus on the bombastic images promoting this year’s ANDYs. From the looks of it, the Mayans and their 2012 predictions have gotten to the show’s organizers, who presume we want to spend the end of days huddled with them in the Hudson Hotel. Let the awards season madness begin.



Tham Khai Meng to Head Up Cannes 2012 Press, Film Juries

As Cannes Lions 2012 fast approaches, the organizers behind the annual French Riviera bacchanal (and awards show) continue filling out jury duties, this time appointing Ogilvy worldwide creative director Tham Khai Meng as president of the Film and Press juries.

The 12-year O&M vet, who moved to NYC from the Asia-Pacific region in 2009 to assume his current title (as well as that of chairman of Ogilvy’s Worldwide Creative Council), is no stranger to Cannes, having chaired and served on juries ranging from Press and Outdoor to Titanium and Integrated over the last decade. As if you needed a reminder, but we’ll tell you anyways that this year’s Cannes Lions event will run from June 17-23.

Ain’t No Party Like a David Ogilvy Party

As you probably know by now, this year marks David Ogilvy‘s 100th birthday, and the marketing world is taking some time to honor the man who literally wrote the book on modern advertising. In addition to asking Ogilvy employees “What Inspires You?” for a video contest, the company is also turning Twitter avatars red in order to create an online mosaic of the birthday boy along with a #DO100 hashtag.

Now, it’s time to feel jealous. A very poetic statement reads, “At sunrise on June 23rd, the longest red carpet ever seen in Cannes will be rolled out along the entire length of the Croissette, leading to the steps of the Grand Auditorium, where a giant billboard stating, ‘On this day, 100 years ago, David was born to inspire,’ will commemorate the centenary. After dark, all the lights along the boulevard will bathe the pavement in red, setting the mood for the agency’s celebration at Le Grand Hotel.”

It sucks not to be invited, doesn’t it? Ogilvy and Mather Worldwide CCO Tham Khai Meng adds, “We wanted to pay our respects to the great man, but also to celebrate just what made him such a pioneer in this industry and how that can inspire people today. Where better to commemorate his creative legacy than Cannes?” Hopefully they’ll be serving red wine, too.

Ogilvy Starts Inspiration-Based Cannes Video Contest

Okay, so you may get this model’s phone number if you’re funny enough to win her heart, but nowhere in the contest rules does it say that she’s required to answer when you call her. So, why would someone offer up a date with a hot Brazilian model on YouTube for free? Well, as with all things of this nature, there are stings attached.

To commemorate what would be David Ogilvy‘s 100th birthday, Ogilvy is throwing a company-wide contest with the winners receiving a round trip ticket to Cannes this year to be the agency’s on the ground Twitter reporter. All you have to do is come up with a video based on the theme of “inspiration” and the top 10 videos will eventually be judged by Ogilvy’s creative leadership. Doesn’t sound too difficult, but then it does. That’s how these ad contests work – the more you overthink it, the worse off you could potentially be. See the full memo from Ogilvy’s global CD, Tham Khai Meng, after the jump and see the submissions and official rules here. Not employed by Ogilvy? Sorry, you can’t enter.

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