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Golden Drum inducts Catalin Dobre, Co-CEO and CCO of McCann Worldgroup Romania, to its Hall of Fame

SECTOR 1, BUCHAREST —  Catalin Dobre, Co-CEO and Chief Creative Officer of McCann Worldgroup Romania & Regional Creative Director McCann CEE is welcomed as the newest member of the Golden Drum Hall of Fame. This selected group of visionaries are dreamers who have fought courageously and passionately for the progress of the creative industry and beyond.

Established in 2010, the Hall of Fame celebrates those who have, through their professional career and personal life, influenced creative minds and souls. Creative leaders who have inspired and motivated the creative community, and who now guide us to move forward in our endeavors.

“It’s a huge honor to enter the Hall of Fame of Golden Drum, the most important creative festival in Central and Eastern Europe. I’m humbled by the company; all of them are true industry giants. I was always proud of the creative DNA I inherited from this region. The day-to-day life in this part of the world made us find lateral solutions to problems. It trained us. It built us to be challengers and to think innovatively. I feel Golden Drum celebrated and promoted this type of creativity.  I’m proud to become part of the Hall of Fame of this unique festival. It helps me further in being a promoter of the authenticity of this region and celebrate the special type of creativity that comes from here.” said Catalin.


For many years, Catalin has been an integral part of the festival, consistently demonstrating extreme ambition, talent, and hard work. He was never short of praise for Golden Drum and its importance for developing the region, community, and young talent. With the full support of the McCann network, Catalin has played a strategic part in the festival’s development and place on the creative industry’s map.

Catalin has been a speaker, jury member, Young Drummers competition jury member, a collector of Golden Drum awards, and multiple times crowned Creative Director of the Year. Under his guidance, McCann Romania has won the title Agency of the Year, and McCann Network become the Network of the Year at Golden Drum several times.

Taking the creative culture in the CEE region to the next level

A Philosophy graduate, Catalin Dobre, the 39-year old Chief Creative Officer and Co-CEO of McCann Worldgroup Romania, started working in advertising as a copywriter 20 years ago.

Over the years, he has won two Cannes Lions Grand Prix and a Titanium Lion, the total count of Cannes awards reaching 39 Lions. Also, he scored awards in all the major international advertising shows, including D&AD, Clio, One Show, Eurobest, Lia, New York Festivals, Cresta, and Golden Drum.

He was proud to serve in the juries of D&AD, Clio, Eurobest, Dubai Lynx, NY Festivals, and Golden Drum.

Catalin was part of the first Romanian Forbes 30 under 30 Edition and received, two years later, the Excellence Award. Also, he received the IAA excellence award for creating the campaign that brought the first Cannes Grand Prix in Eastern Europe and was part of Adweek’s Creative 100 in 2019.

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