Edelman's John Clinton named Cannes PR Lions jury president

Edelman's Canada chair will lead the PR jury at this year's Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

CANNES, FRANCE: The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity named Edelman Canada chair John Clinton as its 2016 PR jury president on Tuesday morning.

FleishmanHillard Asia-Pacific president and senior partner Lynne Anne Davis served as PR jury president for the 2015 edition of the PR Lions.

Clinton said that although he’s never judged at Cannes before, he’s looking forward to "getting to see the best work in the world all in one place."

"I am really looking forward to it, as it is the biggest and most prestigious festival of creativity in the world," he said. "I think it will be fascinating to talk about the work with such a diverse group of creative people."

Clinton leads a group of more than 250 people across Canada in his role at Edelman. He also serves as the firm’s head of creative and content for North America. Clinton was previously CEO of Edelman Canada, managing teams in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.

Prior to joining Edelman in 2011, Clinton was SVP of digital solutions and new media at Transcontinental Media. From 1999 to 2008, he served as president and CEO of Grey Worldwide Canada, and previously worked at J. Walter Thompson in the dual role of chairman for Canada and worldwide director for Kellogg’s in New York.

The owner of the Cannes Lions, Ascential Group, filed paperwork to go public at the start of the year. Filings have shown the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity earned $59 million in 2014, up from $43 million in 2012, or a 37% increase. Its revenues for the first three quarters of 2015 increased 9.2% compared with the previous year.

This story was updated on February 17 with quotes from Clinton.

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