McCann XBC NY chairman/CCO Joyce King Thomas joins AdFest as grand jury president

Grand-Jury640x500 (1).jpgAdFest has announced that Joyce King Thomas, chairman and chief creative officer of McCann XBC in New York, is joining next year's festival as grand jury president. She will also lead the Branded Content Lotus and Integrated Lotus panel as jury president.

Thomas is the mastermind behind Mastercard's infamous "Priceless" campaign, which has been spoofed by everyone from Ralph Nader to Bart Simpson and has launched in more than 100 markets around the world. She was also involved in the creation of 'Fearless Girl' for State Street Global Advisors - a defiant statue symbolizing the power of women in leadership, which took "a herculean effort" to create, before winning hearts all over the world.
Thomas now leads XBC (which stands for ExtraBoldCondensed), a unit of McCann that leads all of MasterCard's global marketing efforts, from advertising to digital and events.

Says Thomas, who first joined McCann Erickson New York in 1995, rising to the role of chief creative officer: "I'm excited to be joining AdFest as so much meaningful work is being done in Asia. Last year's Lotus winners were truly inspiring so I am sure the standard of entries will be very high. I am also looking forward to spending time in Asia - always an enlightening experience."

Under her leadership, the agency won over a billion dollars in new business from brands like the U.S. Army, Verizon, Nikon and Weight Watchers. In 2010, she took a two-year hiatus to become a partner at Longreads, also joining the board of the Nurse Family Partnership, a group that teaches parenting skills to young mothers living in poverty, returning to McCann in 2012.

Says Jimmy Lam, president of AdFest: "It is a true honour to welcome Joyce to AdFest - an accomplished leader and visionary creative, who has helped to create some of the world's most talked about and loved campaigns. Her experience and talent will be invaluable in guiding next year's judges of the AdFest Lotus Awards."

Thomas has won numerous awards, judged countless award shows, and spoken at numerous industry events. In 2012, Advertising Age named her one of the 100 most influential women in advertising. Most importantly, along the way, she has raised two lovely sons.

AdFest 2018 runs from 21-24 March 2018 at the Peach Royal Cliff Resort, Pattaya, Thailand with the theme "Transform". The festival is now accepting entries to the 2018 AdFest Lotus Awards. To enter, visit and click 'Awards'.

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