The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has announced that David Droga, Founder & Creative Chairman of Droga5, will be honoured with the Lion of St. Mark award at this year’s Festival.
Droga is one of the most awarded creatives at Cannes Lions. He won his first Lion aged 19 and has achieved more than 70 Gold and 15 Grand Prix / Titanium Lions in his career to date.
Droga5 took the Independent Agency of the Year Award at Cannes Lions 2016 and their Michel Phelps film for Under Armour Titanium in the latest edicion of this International Festival of Creativity.
They have been honored before Droga with the Lion of St. Mark: Marcello Serpa (former Partner, AlmapBBDO); Bob Greenberg, Founder (Chairman and CEO, R/GA); Joe Pytka (Director, PYTKA); Dan Wieden (Co-Founder and Global Executive Creative Director, Wieden+Kennedy); Lee Clow, (Chairman, TBWA\Media Arts Lab, Director of Media Arts, TBWA\Worldwide); and Sir John Hegarty (Worldwide Creative Director, Founder,BBH)
David Droga will be presented with the Lion of St. Mark during the Festival awards ceremony on Saturday 24th June. Droga will also be speaking on the Cannes Lions stage on Friday 23rd June.
Cannes Lions will run for eight days from 17th- 24th June, in Cannes, France.
“The Lion of St. Mark recognises an individual who has made a significant and outstanding contribution to creativity in our industry,” said Jose Papa, Managing Director of Cannes Lions. “His drive, passion and unbounded creative skill has led him to deliver continual award-winning results. He’s set the global standard.”
David Droga commented, “I have worked with more talented people and had more opportunities than one creative person deserves. The Lion of St. Mark honour is beyond my wildest ambitions. It’s incredible to be recognised with this, when you still feel you have so much more to do and prove. But I will soak it up with pride and humility.”
From OMON Sydney to Droga5
At 22, David Droga became a Partner and Executive Creative Director of OMON Sydney and in 1996, he moved to Singapore to become
Executive Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore and Regional Creative Director of Saatchi Asia. At age 29, Droga was promoted to Executive Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi London, and under his charge, they were awarded, for the first time, Agency of the Year at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in 1996.
In 2003 Droga became the first-ever Worldwide Chief Creative Officer of the Publicis Network in New York.
In less than two years, Publicis enjoyed a very public creative and new business renaissance around the world. Restless to launch his own agency, David founded Droga5 in New York City in 2006. In just over ten years, Droga5 has seen unprecedented success and become one of the most revered and influential agencies on the planet, including back-to-back accolades as Cannes Lions Independent Agency of the Year in 2015 and 2016.
Image over the headline.- DavidDroga, founder and Creative President Droga5. © Droga5.
Related Eastwind links:
Droga5 -William Morris Endeavor, an strategic partnership reshaping the ad business through creative, tech and glamour
Droga5, looking at further global expansion
Related external links:
David Droga’s Creative Commandment.- Why you should stop being a selfish creative
Under Armour/Rule Yourself/Michael Phelps