LONDON, UK: Tony Granger, who began his career in his native South Africa and is currently global chief creative officer of Young & Rubicam, will lead both the Cannes Lions Film and Press juries at next year's festival.
Granger believes in the magic of ideas and their power to generate change. They form his passion to transform brands and agencies. Since arriving at Young & Rubicam in 2008, Granger is reckoned to have done both. He has attracted some of the industry's best creative talent, fully integrated digital into the agency, and built a global creative community in both spirit and practice. It has resulted in radically refreshed work for clients including Virgin Atlantic, Land Rover, LG and Telefonica.
Under Granger's creative leadership, at Cannes 2010 Young & Rubicam's global network ranked third, leaping forward five places in a single year; Y&R New York was the number one agency in the US and second globally. Also in 2010, Young & Rubicam was named Network of the Year by the Art Directors Club, New York Festivals and London International Awards.
Commenting on his role, Granger said, "This is a great honour. Cannes Lions is the most prestigious global awards show in our industry - it gives us the chance to highlight what is possible while inspiring us to leap forward. It's the celebration of creativity in all forms of communication, and I'm excited to be a part of it."
Before joining Y&R, Tony spent five years at Saatchi & Saatchi and also worked at Bozell New York.
Granger began his career in his native South Africa, where he led TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris, a shop of proud heritage and creative pedigree.
Granger and his agencies have won numerous awards, and he's been fortunate to serve as president of several international juries. But he's most proud to have shaped top creative agencies, and worked with the world's most sought-after clients on some of the most recognised and influential global brands.