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Awards: Lion of St. Mark Presented to Colleen DeCourcy, former CCO and president of Wieden+Kennedy

CANNES, FRANCE — The Lion of St. Mark is a special award presented each year at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to creativity in advertising and communications over their lifetime. This year, the award was presented to Colleen DeCourcy.

DeCourcy is former Chief Creative Officer and President of Wieden+Kennedy, one of the creative industry’s most inspiring leaders. A creative trailblazer, DeCourcy first joined Wieden+Kennedy as global executive creative director in 2013 and announced her retirement from the agency and the advertising industry in 2021. DeCourcy has spent her career leading innovative companies and advocating for a more equitable industry. She was named one of Fast Company magazine’s Most Creative People in Business, honored with the Fearless Voices award by the organization She Runs It, and in 2019 was selected as the creative leader of the decade by AdWeek magazine.

“We’re thrilled that Colleen DeCourcy will be honoured with this year’s Lion of St. Mark. A creative pioneer, she has advocated for parity in the industry throughout her influential career, demonstrating creativity as a driver for change.” said Susie Walker, VP Awards & Insights, LIONS, “We would also like to thank Colleen for bringing her creative expertise to one of the festival’s most vital awards, Glass: The Lion for Change, as Jury President this year.”

Founded in 1954, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is the home of great ideas. For over 68 years, Cannes Lions has served as a convening force for the global creative community. The Lions, the industry’s most prestigious, coveted creative accolade, receive thousands of entries every year. The work is judged by over 400 authoritative, respected creative leaders before the winners are showcased and awarded at the nightly awards shows.
The winners of the Lions will be announced at evening Award Shows taking place throughout the Festival, from June 20-24, 2022. Further information on how to be a part of the Cannes Lions can be found on the official website.

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