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The Media Leaders Awards

Celebrating the Media Leaders of today and tomorrow

Awards event: Thursday 14 January 2021

Since launching over thirty years ago, Mediatel News has evolved into a showcase of thought leadership from across the media sector. Alongside regular columnists including Dominic Mills, Jan Gooding and Raymond Snoddy, leaders from across the landscape use our platform to voice their opinions.

Together, they are read by a who’s-who of our industry each week, the most influential execs and media leaders themselves.

That is why we have launched The Media Leaders Awards – to recognise the very best leaders in this industry. We launch in a year that, perhaps more than any other year, has called for strong leadership to navigate businesses through the Covid-19 pandemic, take action on key issues such as diversity and inclusivity, and make sure they represent the very best in media class.

Join us as we invite senior executives from brands, agencies, media owners, tech businesses, industry bodies and investment companies to celebrate and reward both the current leaders of this industry, and those who will become leaders in the not too distant future.

Judges to be announced soon!

Open for entries
Thursday 15 October 2020

Extended Deadline
Friday 13 November 2020

Awards event
Thursday 7 January 2021

CLICK HERE TO ENTER

Categories

1 Grand Prix: Media CEO of the Year

2 Grand Prix: International Media Leader of the Year

3 Grand Prix: Future Media Leader of the Year

4 Media Leader of the Year - Media Agency

5 Media Leader of the Year - Media Owner

6 Media Leader of the Year - Advertiser

7 Media Leader of the Year - Technology and New Media

8 Judges Special Choice Award

Judges

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    Pippa Glucklich

    Chair, Liberty Hive

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    Naren Patel

    Founder, Media For All (MEFA)

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    Lucy Barrett

    Client Director, Radiocentre

  • Speaker
    Michaela Jefferson

    News Editor, Mediatel News

  • Speaker
    Tony Effik

    Managing Director - Global Display, Video and Creative, Google

  • Speaker
    Greg Grimmer

    CEO, Mediatel Group

  • Speaker
    Lindsey Clay

    Chief Executive Thinkbox & President, Global TV Group

  • Speaker
    Jo Allan

    Managing Director, Newsworks

  • Speaker
    Sue Todd

    CEO, Magnetic

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    Paul Bainsfair

    Director General, Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA)

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    Lauren Ogúndèkó

    Head of Response, PHD Media

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    Phil Smith

    Director General, ISBA

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    Stephen Woodford

    CEO, Advertising Association

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    Fredrik Borestrom

    Head of Agency, International at LinkedIn, President of the International Advertising Association, UK Chapter

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    Jon Mew

    CEO, IAB UK

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Pippa Glucklich

Chair, Liberty Hive

With her final year dissertation at University of Manchester entitled ‘Women in Advertising’, it was perhaps inevitable that Pippa would end up in the marketing and communications industry. She joined creative agency DMB&B as soon as she graduated and has since loved every minute of the challenge, pace and variety it brings. She spent 8 years at Initiative Media, part of Interpublic Group, followed by 11 years at independent media agency BLM, part of the senior leadership team who eventually sold the business to global network, Havas. After five years at Publicis Groupe as Chief Executive of Starcom, in 2018 Pippa became CEO of Amplifi UK, the investment and innovation platform of Dentsu Aegis Network. She stepped down in December 2019 and is now enjoying exploring her new adventure. As well as her business career, Pippa is very active within the industry – she is a long-standing trustee of NABS and in 2018/19, was proud to be President of WACL (www.wacl.info) Pippa has 2 sons, a dog called Digby and lives in Wimbledon. The family are Chelsea FC nuts.


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Naren Patel

Founder, Media For All (MEFA)

Naren Patel joined the media industry in 1991. Under his leadership at Primesight he floated the outdoor advertising business on the London Stock Exchange in 1997, and in 1999 sold Primesight to SMG plc (now STV plc). In 2007, Naren teamed up with PE firm GMT Communications to lead an MBO of Primesight. Over the next 10 years Naren grew the business through acquisitions and organic development and made Primesight one the leading and most successful brands in the media industry. Primesight become the first Out of Home business to win the Media Brand of the Year in 2016. The company was also awarded Campaign’s Outdoor Sales Team of the Year for two consecutive year. In 2018 Primesight was awarded Campaign's Commercial Sales team of the year. The company also regularly featured in the Best Companies List. In September 2018 Primesight was acquired by Global Radio. Naren stepped down as CEO of Primesight in July 2019 and worked as a Consultant for Global assisting with the integration of the Outdoor businesses until the end of April 2020 Naren is a trustee for NABS (The charity for the Advertising industry) and sits on the Finance and Investments Boards. Naren is passionate about improving ethnic diversity in the Media sector and is an Advisor to Creative Access, a mentor for the Brixton Finishing School and speaks at inner city schools through Speaker’s for Schools. In 2018 Naren founded the social enterprise Media for All (www.mediaforall.org.uk), which provides mentorship and support for Black and Asian talent in media. The group has over 40 senior Black and Asian role models in and provides free mentoring and support to Charities, Businesses and individuals. This is keeping Naren busier than he expected! Personal Awards • World Out of Home Organisation - Leadership Award 2018 • EMPOWER 100 ethnic minority 2018, 2019 • Campaign A list • 2018 - 50 Male advocates for Equality in Marketing and Media


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Lucy Barrett

Client Director, Radiocentre

Lucy is Radiocentre’s Client Director which means she champions the value and impact of commercial radio among advertisers and agencies. Her mission is to help advertisers See Radio Differently by highlighting record audiences and the proven brand and business driving effects of the medium. She also oversees the industry body’s marketing and events, including its flagship Tuning In conferences attended by 100s of delegates from around the UK. Prior to Radiocentre, Lucy was European Communications Director of global advertising agency J Walter Thompson overseeing the agency’s marketing and PR. A regular commentator on advertising and media, she was also The Guardian’s advertising columnist and Editor of trade title Marketing (since merged with Campaign). By some good fortune she was born the same year as commercial radio.


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Michaela Jefferson

News Editor, Mediatel News

Michaela joined Mediatel News as a reporter in 2018, before being promoted to News Editor in June 2020. She is responsible for the entire editorial output of the publication, delivering essential media news and the sharpest opinion to its readers. Contact: michaela.jefferson@mediatel.co.uk / 020 7420 3252. Twitter: @mejefferson_


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Tony Effik

Managing Director - Global Display, Video and Creative, Google

Tony Effik is Managing Director at Google and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University's Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, where he has taught a course in digital business models for almost 5 years. Prior to working at Google, Tony was SVP, Client Strategy at NBCUniversal, where his focus was on helping clients and agencies develop solutions that fully harness the power of NBCUniversal’s Linear and Digital Platforms. Tony is an accomplished global executive with decades of experience operating at the intersection of advertising, media, and digital technology, with a track record of building high performance teams around the world. Tony started his career at the earliest stages of digital media during which he held leadership roles at major agency networks including R/GA, JWT, M&C Saatchi, Wunderman, and Publicis. Tony has contributed to setting industry-wide best practices and standards in both the US and UK with the Internet Advertising Bureau in viewability and social media. He has been a speaker at the ANA, 4As, AdAge, and a judge at key industry awards, such as the Effies, Festival of Media, and Jay Chiat Awards. Tony is a passionate advocate of diversity and inclusion, and the founder of the Black and Brilliant Advocacy Network - a volunteer organization dedicated to creating a more diverse workforce.


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Greg Grimmer

CEO, Mediatel Group

Greg is a well known figurehead in the digital media landscape, a member of the IPA and an oft-quoted press spokesman on digital advertising, as well as a frequent judge of major advertising and marketing awards. His influential column on Mediatel.co.uk has been now running for four years and has received wide acclaim from both within and outside the industry. He has also co-authored two books on “Advertising Works 12” and The Digital State.” Greg began his career in media planning at Delaney Fletcher/Bozell and CIA where he rose to become Strategic Planning Director, becoming a board director at twenty eight. He worked at Optimedia before becoming Commercial Director at newly founded ZenithOptimedia Group in 2003. Greg was MD of Zed Media in 2005. ZED grew from 50 staff and billings of £52million to 120 staff and billings of £130million in that period and took a pre-eminent position among agencies in the digital arena, winning awards for work in DiTV, Mobile, and social networking. In 2008 Greg became a founding partner at Hurrell Moseley Dawson and Grimmer (HMDG) a ‘new model’ advertising agency with partners across the advertising, creative and planning spectrum. The agency from launch attracted brands including Autotrader.com, Ancestry.com, Aston Martin, Nestle Superdrug and the launch of WIRED magazine. After selling his stake in HMDG, Greg was enticed by the founders to join the Fetch success story with a brief to expand the company into new global markets and new marketing services.


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Lindsey Clay

Chief Executive Thinkbox & President, Global TV Group


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Jo Allan

Managing Director, Newsworks

Jo was appointed Managing Director of Newsworks in July 2020. Jo has extensive experience in the media and marketing industry, from her client-side roles at Cadbury and AB InBev to agency roles at Carat, Dentsu Aegis Network and Vizeum. More recently, Jo has acted as a consultant to ISBA, Newsworks and The Ozone Project, taking on the interim managing director role at Newsworks in January.


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Sue Todd

CEO, Magnetic


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Paul Bainsfair

Director General, Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA)

Paul Bainsfair became Director General of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) at the end of July 2011. Paul is a Fellow of the IPA and also a graduate of IPA Stage 5 (Professor Peter Doyle). His 34 years of agency experience began at Saatchi & Saatchi where he started as an account executive and rose to being its CEO within ten years. After successfully steering the agency through the early 90s recession and with the agency at the top of the new business league table, he left to co-found Bainsfair Sharkey Trott with John Sharkey and Dave Trott. Widely recognised as one of London’s most successful independent agencies during the 1990s, BST was eventually sold to Omnicom and merged with TBWA in 2000. He then became President TBWA Europe. This included a merger and acquisition programme; direct responsibility for 35 offices and 3,000 staff; and TBWA being named Best Global Network in 2003 and 2006. In January 2009 he joined Iris, the UK’s largest independent integrated agency, first as Partner and CEO of Iris Europe and then as Chairman of Iris Worldwide. Paul studied advertising at Watford College and is a graduate of Omnicom’s Harvard Faculty Leadership Programme.


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Lauren Ogúndèkó

Head of Response, PHD Media

Lauren is the Head of Response and Board Director at PHD Media part of Omnicom. Lauren’s core focus in her role is helping clients with strategic digital media planning and activation in the performance space; Lauren’s role is also focused on supporting PHD Media with growing its digital capabilities, through leveraging technology, and intelligent use of data science in digital. Lauren started her career in digital 16 years ago after studying computing and deciding not to become an engineer but focusing on the marketing side of digital. She has worked client-side, as a consultant and agency-side and has been a practitioner across all forms of digital. Lauren is a huge advocate for digital transformation, innovation and re-engineering process through leveraging ML & AI. Lauren is passionate about paying it forward to help young underrepresented individuals discover and thrive in a career in advertising by recently joining MEFA; focused on growing diverse representation in the advertising industry. Lauren is also passionate about being a voice of change affecting policy that marginalises underrepresented individuals.


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Phil Smith

Director General, ISBA

Phil is Director General of ISBA, the voice of British advertisers. His broad marketing and general management career spans packaged goods, grocery retail, consultancy and marketing technology start-ups. He spent 10 years at Kraft, latterly as Vice President, Strategy for Western Europe. He was Marketing & Trading Director for Kwiksave before joining the board of Somerfield as Group Marketing Director. He joined Camelot, the National Lottery operator in 2002, becoming Commercial and Operations Director before being appointed Managing Director of Musgrave GB in 2007. He was Commercial Director for the 1,000 boat Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012. Phil has also worked on a number of early stage and start-up digital businesses, most recently with Ecrebo, the Point of Sale marketing specialist. He has a degree in Classics from Jesus College, Oxford and is married with five children.


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Stephen Woodford

CEO, Advertising Association

Stephen was appointed CEO of the Advertising Association in September 2016. The Advertising Association’s mission is to promote the role and rights of responsible advertising and its value to people, society, business and the economy. Prior to joining the AA, Stephen held management roles in three agencies (Leo Burnett, WCRS/Engine and DDB/adam&eveDDB) He also currently chairs youth marketing agency Livity, a social purpose-driven creative business that seeks to transform young peoples’ lives, especially from BAME backgrounds. He is a Governor of Ravensbourne University in Greenwich, the UK’s newest creative university. Stephen is a past President of NABS and is on the board of the History of Advertising Trust. He was IPA President (2003-05) where he introduced professional qualifications for new industry entrants, which over 20,000 people have passed in the UK and around the world.


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Fredrik Borestrom

Head of Agency, International at LinkedIn, President of the International Advertising Association, UK Chapter

Fredrik leads LinkedIn’s agency relationships and partnerships across international markets in EMEA and LATAM, namely Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Spain, Brazil and the MENA region. At LinkedIn, we empower agencies and brands to reach, engage and convert their professional audience at scale. As President for the International Advertising Association (IAA) UK chapter, Fredrik Borestrom leads the organisation in its aims to protect freedom of commercial speech, advance advertising in a responsible way, and support consumer choice and education in the industry. The IAA is the world's only globally-focused integrated marketing and advertising trade association with a membership that unites advertisers, agencies and the media Fredrik boasts almost 20 years of business development and leadership experience, having held senior roles at companies such as Euronews, Eurosport, Odyssey Mobile Marketing and Phunware Inc. Notably, he had a key senior management role in establishing, growing and ultimately selling mobile advertising start-up, Odyssey Mobile Marketing Ltd to Phunware Inc. in December of 2014.


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Jon Mew

CEO, IAB UK

Jon is CEO of IAB UK, the industry body for digital advertising. The IAB brings its members together - including advertisers, agencies, ad tech and media owners - to build a sustainable future for digital advertising. Having headed up marketing at Orange, Jon joined IAB UK in 2008 as its first Head of Mobile. He went on to become Director of Mobile and Operations and Chief Operating Officer, before taking on the role of CEO in 2017. A self-confessed tech lover, Jon often speaks about digital advertising at high-profile events and regularly writes for industry publications such as Mediatel, Campaign and The Drum.


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