Y&R Malaysia's Gigi Lee appointed to Cannes CLIO and AdStars juries
20 March, 2014
— The Star, the Cannes Lions Representative for Malaysia, has appointed Y&R Malaysia’s Executive Creative Director Gigi Lee to the Cannes Outdoor Jury 2014. Gigi Lee has also been invited to judge at CLIO 2014 and AdStars 2014.
Lee, alongside Y&R Malaysia’s Managing Director Lisa Hezila, has been instrumental in the agency’s continued creative and business success. Awards success at local, regional and international shows led to Y&R Malaysia being ranked among the top 20 agencies in the world, according to a global compilation of all major creative awards shows.
Malaysia’s most-awarded agency at Cannes 2012, Y&R Malaysia won a total of 98 awards in just one year. This propelled them to 6th in Asia, and 19th globally, ranked by The Big Won Report - the agency’s highest ranking in its 19-year history.
Under Gigi’s creative leadership, Y&R Malaysia won the country’s highest accolade, the Golden Kancil, as well as being named Agency of the Year for the first time at Malaysia’s biggest local awards show, the Kancil Awards.
2013 saw Gigi Lee shortlisted for Southeast Asia Creative of the Year, and Y&R shortlisted for Malaysia Creative Agency of the Year, at the pan-regional Agency of the Year Awards. Lee’s pedigree as a judge is borne out by recent jury stints at the Andy’s 2013, Cresta Awards 2013, Spikes Asia 2012 & 2013, Jury President, Kancil Awards 2013 and Grand Jury, Adstars 2013.
“From being named Malaysia’s ‘Agency of the Year’ for the first time ever, to being ranked among the top 20 agencies in the world, it’s great for our team to have their talent and hard work both recognised and rewarded. And I relish the opportunity to judge alongside our industry’s biggest names, to similarly reward the younger talent coming through with increasingly innovative creativity,” commented Lee.
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