Ascential, the parent company of the Cannes Lions, has named Philip Thomas as its new chairman, taking over from Terry Savage, who finishes his term in June – after 33 years.
Thomas is head of Ascential’s events division, and prior to this was ceo of Cannes Lions and its associated festivals for 10 years. He will take on the new Cannes Lions chairman role in addition to his existing Ascential duties.
Thomas said he will support Cannes Lions managing director Jose Papa in the strategic development of the festival and its associated events. “The role of creativity for growth and for change has never been so critical, and Cannes Lions exists to help people and businesses become more creative,” Thomas said.
Ascential ceo Duncan Painter said Thomas was the “obvious choice” for the role given his previous experience with Cannes Lions.
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