Cannes Lions And ANA Launch CMO Growth Council

New council will frame the future growth agenda for brands on the global stage

CANNES, France (April 17, 2018) — The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) has today announced the launch of the CMO Growth Council in partnership with the ANA's CMO Masters Circle.

The CMO Growth Council will initially be comprised of 20 CMOs from some of the world's biggest global brands. Chaired by Marc Pritchard, Chief Brand Officer for the world's biggest advertiser, Procter & Gamble and Chairman of the ANA, the CMO Growth Council will represent the collective agenda and voice of a unified community of marketing's leaders.

The ultimate aim is to support the international community of CMOs with a first-of-its-kind global leadership agenda. The agenda will be advanced with ongoing roundtable discussion, presentations and workshops covering a wide range of common marketing challenges to marketing's future and drive growth.

The partnership with the ANA is an ongoing, annual effort that will pivot between Cannes Lions and the ANA Masters of Marketing Conference in the autumn, extended to local regions throughout the year.

Commenting on his role, Marc Pritchard said, "CMOs all over the world are facing similar growth challenges and opportunities. The CMO Growth Council offers an important platform for marketing leaders from around the world to discuss, collaborate and take actions to help drive the entire industry forward. I have high hopes for what we can achieve together."

Key activities during Cannes Lions include the CMO Growth Council annual meeting followed by a keynote session at a specialist half-day programme exclusively programmed for brand marketers at the Festival.

Speaking on the formation of the council, Ascential Events CEO and Chairman-Elect of Cannes Lions Philip Thomas, commented: "Cannes Lions champions the clear correlation between creativity and business success, and for nearly two decades the world's biggest marketers have used the Festival as an opportunity to see what great creative looks like, and learn more about the people behind the greatest work in the world. We are delighted to be partnering with the ANA on this important initiative, and working with the world's biggest advertisers to unleash the power of creativity to drive growth."

"Our goal with this partnership is to create a transformative, strategically aligned powerhouse that brings lasting impact to the international marketing scene," said ANA CEO Bob Liodice. "The common theme for all activities is to drive worldwide business growth — a goal that we've been pursuing in the U.S. through the pursuit of the ANA's CMO Masters Circle and a 12-point agenda for business growth."

The complete 12-Point Leadership Agenda for Growth can be found here and covers: Creativity and Brand Excellence, Talent Development, Organization, Measurement, Brand Purpose, Gender Equality, Inclusiveness and Diversity, Digital Supply Chain, Transparency, Brand Safety, Advocacy and the Future of Marketing and Advertising Growth.

The full list of council members will be released ahead of the Festival.


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About the ANA

The mission of the ANA (Association of National Advertisers) is to drive growth for marketing professionals, brands and businesses, the industry, and humanity. The ANA serves the marketing needs of 20,000 brands by leveraging the 12-point ANA Growth Agenda, which has been endorsed by the Global CMO Growth Council. The ANA’s membership consists of U.S. and international companies, including client-side marketers, nonprofits, fundraisers, and marketing solutions providers (data science and technology companies, ad agencies, publishers, media companies, suppliers, and vendors). The ANA creates Marketing Growth Champions by serving, educating, and advocating for more than 50,000 industry members that collectively invest more than $400 billion in marketing and advertising annually.

About Cannes Lions

Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity The International Festival of Creativity, also known as Cannes Lions, is the world's leading celebration of creativity in communications and encompasses Lions Health, Lions Innovation and Lions Entertainment. Founded in 1954, the Festival takes place every June in Cannes, France. As the most prestigious international annual advertising and communications awards, over 40,000 entries from all over the world are showcased and judged at the Festival.

The five-day Festival is the only truly global meeting place for professionals working in advertising and communications. Attendees from nearly 100 countries come to experience five days of workshops, exhibitions, screenings, master classes and high-profile seminars presented by renowned worldwide industry leaders.

Winning companies receive the highly coveted Lion trophy, a global benchmark of creative excellence, for Brand Experience & Activation, Creative Data, Creative Effectiveness, Creative E-Commerce, Design, Digital Craft, Direct, Film, Film Craft, Glass: The Lion for Change, Health & Wellness, Industry Craft, Innovation, Entertainment, Media, Mobile, Music, Outdoor, Pharma, PR, Print & Publishing, Product Design, Radio, Social & Influencer, Sustainable Development Goals, Titanium Lions.

About Ascential Events

Ascential Events is an international business-to-business media company with a focused portfolio of large-scale exhibitions, congresses and festivals. Our product lines include the prestigious Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the world's premier market leading payments and financial services innovation congress Money 20/20, the U.K.'s largest trade show Spring Fair International and the award-winning education technology show Bett. You can find information about all our events here Ascential Events is part of Ascential plc, which transforms knowledge businesses to deliver exceptional performance.