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Spikes Asia, the regional creative advertising and communications festival for Asia Pacific, is pleased to announce that Eugene Cheong has been appointed Craft Jury President, while Chris Thomas will be the Creative Effectiveness Jury President and Morihiro Harano has been named the Digital and Mobile jury president.
Eugene Cheong, Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy & Mather Asia Pacific, who will chair the Craft Jury, has over 30 years’ experience in advertising, working across both Europe and Asia. He has worked on the biggest brands in every product category: BMW, Guinness, American Express, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Kimberly-Clarke, Johnson & Johnson, Singtel, Microsoft, The Economist, to name but a few. He is also the man behind some of Singapore’s most awarded advertising like East Timor Tourism, Hospice Council and the God campaign.
Before returning to Ogilvy Singapore in 1996, Eugene was a creative director at Batey Ads, and the Executive Creative Director of Euro RSCG Singapore. At Ogilvy, he worked with Tham Khai Meng where their partnership proved to be golden and yielded many Lions, Pencils and other awards. In 2009, he became Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy & Mather Asia Pacific – and in 2011 he was one of 48 writers to be included in D&AD’s Copy Book. Eugene is a member of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide Creative Council and Worldwide Board.
Commenting on his appointment Eugene Cheong says, “Philosophy is simple: Reward the great stuff and flush all the crap down the loo.”
Chris Thomas, Chairman & CEO of BBDO Asia, Middle East & Africa and Chairman of Proximity Worldwide, will lead the new Creative Effectiveness category. Chris entered the advertising business at Dorlands in 1984, following which he worked at Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, Ammirati Puris Lintas and Lowe Lintas.
In September 2003, he was appointed Chief Executive of Proximity London, which is a leading integrated, direct and digital agency in the United Kingdom – a part of the Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO group. During his tenure at Proximity, the agency was the third most awarded direct agency in the world, top of the UK client satisfaction survey and voted Institute of Practitioners in Advertising’s (IPA) Best of the Best Integrated Agency.
In January 2006, Chris was appointed Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of BBDO and Proximity in Asia, and in 2011, he took on Chairmanship of BBDO in the Middle East and Africa – and the chairmanship of Proximity worldwide. His home is in Singapore but his ‘house’ is Singapore Airlines. Chris Thomas says, “Demonstrating the link between creativity and effectiveness must be the industry’s number one priority. We have always known it. But these awards are one of the tools that allow us to prove it.”
Morihiro Harano, Creative Director, Founder and CEO of Party, Tokyo, named Digital & Mobile Jury President, is a multi-talented creative director with stellar achievements not only in advertising, but in new business development, strategy, product design and media initiatives.
Joining Dentsu in 1994 when the internet began to unfold its potential, Harano was committed to helping the agency’s digital subsidiaries with their digital initiatives. After leaving Dentsu, he helped a media start-up to conclude a successful IPO, and then returned to Dentsu to launch Drill, a non-traditional creative agency.
In 2011, he founded PARTY with Naoki Ito, Qanta Shimizu, Hiroki Nakamura, and Masashi Kawamura. His works include ‘NTTDocomo: Xylophone’, ‘Menicon: Magic’, ‘ToyToyota: Backseat Driver’, ‘BeeTV’ and ‘EPOS: 100 Design Cards’. Harano is a consistent award winner at home and abroad and has received to date Gold Lions at Cannes, a D&AD Yellow Pencil, the ADFEST 360 Lotus, a Good Design Award and the Dentsu Advertising Grand Award. He is a member of D&AD and NY ADC and teaches part-time at Waseda University.
Morihiro Harano comments, “Perhaps it’s time to stop earning points by jumping on the bandwagon of someone’s innovative idea. In recent years, digital-related advertising awards have become the place to compete and weave the client’s marketing strategy. However, we are now in the era where creativity of storytelling on the digital platform and craftsmanship are valued by audiences.”
Delegate registration for Spikes Asia is now open, with anyone registering before 1 August benefiting from an early bird rate. For further information on the Festival and how to register, visit http://www.spikes.asia