Leo Burnett global CCO/chairman Mark Tutssel named as grand jury president for AdFest 2019

Mark Tutssel.jpgMark Tutssel, has been appointed Grand Jury President at AdFest 2019, which will be held at the Royal Cliff Hotels Group, Pattaya, Thailand from Wednesday 20th March to Saturday 23rd March.

He will lead the Branded Entertainment Lotus, Effective Lotus & Integrated Lotus panel as Jury President, and head the INNOVA Lotus and Lotus Roots panel as Grand Jury President.

Based in Chicago, Tutssel (pictured) leads Leo Burnett globally as its Executive Chairman & Global Chief Creative Officer. He is responsible for setting the company's vision and oversees the creative output for some of the world's iconic brands including Samsung, McDonald's, Coca-Cola and General Motors.

"AdFest is one of the industry's most respected industry events, a champion of creative excellence, and one of my favorite festivals. I'm especially looking forward to discovering work that celebrates the richness of cultures across the Asia Pacific and Middle East," says Tutssel.
Jimmy Lam, President of AdFest, says: "Under Mark's leadership, Leo Burnett has been one of the world's most consistently creative networks over the past decade. We are honored he has agreed to return to Thailand to lead our jury. His experience as a creative leader will ensure only the most creative and effective work rises to the top."

Leo Burnett has topped the Gunn Report's "All Gunns Blazing" category for seven of the past eight years. It has also ranked in the world's Top 5 most awarded creative networks for 10 years in a row. In 2013, Tutssel introduced "Creativity Without Borders", a game-changing vision for Leo Burnett that is now widely adopted and embraced by the network, which taps into creative talent from around the world to tackle global briefs.

Tutssel is one of the most awarded creative directors in the industry having won over 600 Cannes Lions, the first ever D&AD White Pencil, two D&AD Black Pencils and six Clio Grand Prix - to name just a few of his most prized accolades. He sits on the Publicis Communications Board, the Facebook Creative Council, the One Show Board of Directors, the D&AD Global Advisory Board, and is a member of the Royal Society of Arts.

AdFest is a non-profit-making entity that believes passionately in its role to nurture and support the creative industry in the Asia Pacific and MENA region. With the theme "TMRRW.TDAY", AdFest 2019 will encourage the industry to experiment, throw out the old, start afresh, and create new values.

The Call To Entries for the AdFest 2019 Lotus Awards will soon be announced. For the latest news and announcements, visit here.

10 Comments

Diversity triumph said:


Great to see an older white man get a gig. I mean it.

ft said:

@diversity
Perfect demographic for the Pattaya Ad festival
Although I head middle aged Japanese men are also well represented

This event is an embarrassment to the industry and is everything that could possible be wrong with award shows from a perception perspective.

Diversity triumph said:


@ft
You're probably a bleeding heart leftie who believes in quotas, the destruction of merit based achievement. And to boot you porobably believe in clinate changesl, that sitting is the new smoking, whilst Visy just made up a business preying on your first world guilt whilst sucking through paper drinking straws and considering a pro bono campaign banning party balloons. Your impact on the planet is just as big as the world's population. Negligible. You have no original thought and probably smell of b.o. So piss off.

@@diversity said:

If you'd ever met the people that run Adfest and how well they look after you, respect you and care for you, you'd realise that your perception is your issue and not bedded in reality. And couldn't agree more. Mark is a brilliant chair. A working class Welshman that's made good. It's not his fault that he was born with white skin 50 odd years ago.

Diversity triumph said:

@@ diversity
So his struggle against working class and being Welsh is anything to go by?

Do you hear yourself. Dont leverage my argument. Stay away from boucning off ny opinion. Stay out of this. You are intellectual fairy floss

ft said:


@diversity triumph - none of those things. Just someone who thinks a respectable advertising award show should do more to separate itself from blatant sex tourism. Just an idea.

@@diversity - Don't think the majority of people go to Adfest to be looked after and respected by the organisers.

The local Thai "hospitality" on the other hand. That's a big draw. Look what happened when they switched to the slightly less sleazy venue of Phuket. Outrage!


....And all that without mentioning the word 'scam'.

@diversity triumph said:

"And to boot you porobably believe in clinate changesl"(sic)

This, right here, is where you came completely undone.

Go suck the tailpipe of an ICE.

@@diversity said:

I am very intellectual. And being Welsh is a huge obstacle to overcome.

and @FT. You don't need to wait to go to Pattaya to indulge in the pleasures of the flesh. You should know that.

Starved for entertainment said:

Loving this ‘discussion’.

Fight Fan said:

So disappointed that the combatants on here have become bored and moved on to some other source of outrage. People these days have no stamina.

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