For over 15 years, Matt Ross's passion for original, ground-breaking ideas and technologies has taken him worldwide to create multi-award-winning digital and integrated creative campaigns for numerous clients. He's just joined King James (www.kingjames.co.za) as ECD, plus as head of Punk (formerly Mnemonic). Contact: tel +27 (0)21 469 1500, email , Skype dd-mattr, follow @matthewsross and connect on LInkedIn.
For the past 15 years, Matt Ross's passion for original, ground-breaking ideas and technologies has taken him across the globe to create multi-award-winning digital and integrated creative campaigns for numerous clients, including Nike, Volkswagen, Honda, Playstation, Hasbro, Guinness and Coca-Cola.
He has just joined King James (www.kingjames.co.za) as ECD. He is also heading up Punk, the digital business in the King James Group formerly known as Mnemonic.
Matt returned home to South Africa 15 months ago to take up the role of chief creative officer of DDB Group South Africa and to launch Tribal DDB in this country. In his first year at the helm, he helped take the DDB group from 13th in the national creative list to fourth.
Prior to that, Matt spent the last 12 years working in London and New York, where he had been most recently the group creative director of DDB UK and executive creative director of Tribal DDB, working with clients including Volkswagen, Hasbro, Guinness, Budweiser, KLM and Financial Times.
In 2010, he was named as one of Advertising Age's Creativity 50, the annual global list of the most influential and inspiring creative personalities. He has won numerous awards, including Gold at Cannes and Clios. He continues to judge, write and speak as a thought leader at numerous industry events, including the opening keynote talk at Cannes.
He has no pets (unless you count the thing that lives in the corner of the lounge), thinks Kubrick and Einstein the only true geniuses, and loves nowhere more to be on earth than the Green Room.
Contact Matt on tel +27 (0)21 469 1500, email , Skype dd-mattr, follow @matthewsross on Twitter and connect on LinkedIn.
[Matt Ross] I'm risking joining the ranks of ludicrousness by jumping in the mire of guesstimation. I'm not focusing on any specific area of our industry; after all, any development affects us all. I have tried to be broad, though. Oh, and I've avoided trends. The following will be stalwarts for years to come - the temporary is never attractive, anyway. Unless you married Liz Taylor.