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Inspiring people, transformative ideas and extraordinary work. Join us at The WPP Beach for five days of thought-provoking discussions, interactive experiences and relaxed hospitality at the 2019 Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity.

17 JUN - 21 JUN 2019

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Putting the focus on our people, work, agencies, clients and partners, The Beach brings together the most influential thinkers and do-ers to explore the industry’s most forward-looking issues.

Located on the Miramar Beach between The Carlton and Martinez hotels, The WPP Beach will be open 8:30am until late, Monday 17 to Friday 21 June.

The Beach comprises a small stage, shaded seating, private restaurant, cinema screens showcasing creative work and amenities including great coffee, charging stations and wifi.

See the full programme of talks and events here.

Find out how to request your invitation here.

The Beach programme

* Indicates by invitation only

Monday 17 June

The Titanium Lion in 2020
11:00 | The Beach Stage

Do you have what it takes to win? Lindsay Stein (US Editor Campaign) chairs a panel with John O'Keeffe (Worldwide Creative Director, WPP), Laurent Ezekiel (Chief Marketing & Growth Officer, WPP) and Debbi Vandeven (Chief Creative Officer, VMLY&R) to predict what’s needed to win a Titanium Lion in one year's time, and what creatives should be focused on.

 

Steve Huffman, CEO of Reddit, in conversation with Evan Spiegel, CEO of Snap
12:00 | The Beach Stage

Evan Spiegel (CEO, Snap) will interview Steve Huffman (CEO, Reddit) to discuss human connection and communities on the internet, and explore what the future holds for a consumer-powered world.

 

*Lunch with the BBC & Superunion
12:30 | The Beach

 

A Podcast Recording with iHeartMedia and Ryan Seacrest
14:00 | The Beach

Consumer listening is at an all-time high – a direct result of the rapid growth of digital streaming, podcasts and smart speakers, on top of the consistent scale of broadcast radio. Hear how WPP and iHeartMedia are tackling the opportunity to ensure audio is a key component of creative transformation for brands via a podcast taping with radio and tv personality Ryan Seacrest; Brad Hiranaga (Chief Brand Officer NA, General Mills), Leslie Sims (Chief Creative Officer, Ogilvy) and Tim Castree, (CEO, GroupM North America); featuring and an introduction from Bob Pittman, (CEO, iHeartMedia).

 

Ignite: The 10 New Voices of Marketing
15:00 | The Beach Stage 

Ten rising stars of marketing from around the world give the talk of their lives on the future of creativity. The catch? They have less than 4 minutes to do it in: only 15 seconds per 15 slides.

 

*WPP Family Get-together
17:00 | The Beach

Open to all WPP companies, first come, first served.

 

Apple Search Ad Reception
20:00 | The Beach bar

Register here to attend

 

OpenX Nightcap
22:00 | The Beach bar

 

Tuesday 18 June

Brand & Social Safety: Collective Action is Imperative
09:00 | The Beach

What does responsible media investment look like today, and what will it look like tomorrow? Responsible media investment has become increasingly problematic and pressing for advertisers, agencies, and publishers. To drive an inclusive approach, WPP’s Chief Client Officer, Lindsay Pattison, welcomes Luis Di Como, EVP of Global Media, Unilever; Rob Rakowitz, Global Head of Media, Mars; and two special guests for a must-hear conversation about how leading marketers are taking decisive action to positively impact brands and societies.


*WPP x Microsoft Brunch
10:00 | The Beach Restaurant


Why Everyone Wants In: The Power of Community
10:00 | The Beach Stage

The desire to belong has always been a human need, but today we crave the support of global communities and shared experiences more than ever. Join Tracy Yaverbaun (Chief Marketing Officer, Soho House), Carola Jain (Chief Marketing Officer, Spartan Race) and Jennifer DaSilva (President, Berlin Cameron) for a discussion on what community really means and how it can be harnessed by brands to full effect.


Inclusive Marketing: Should Brands Speak to Everyone?
11:00 | The Beach Stage

Brands are more concerned with inclusive marketing than ever before. But how easy is it to speak to society as a whole?

In this session Mark Read (CEO, WPP) takes to the stage with Kathleen Hall (Corporate Vice President of Brand, Advertising and Research, Microsoft) and Ann Mukherjee (Chief Commercial Officer – Global Consumer Brands, SC Johnson) for a discussion on the potential and the pitfalls of inclusivity. Together they will debate different approaches to creating representative campaigns and share how, done well, these tactics can unlock real value for brands and consumers alike.

Register here to attend

 

*Stream Cannes
12:00 | Stream Island

 

*AKQA Future Lions Lunch
12:15 | The Beach Restaurant

 

Gaming: The Future Brand and Consumer Battleground
14:00 | The Beach Stage

Last year saw an explosion in media, brand and investor interest in gaming. But many brands have been reluctant to dive into gaming, and in particular eSports, with both feet. Dominic Grainger (CEO, The WPP Sport Practice), Thomas Fellger (CEO IconMobile Group), Sue ‘Smix’ Lee (Partnerships Associate, Twitch, Esports Presenter, Event Host & Reporter), Josh Cella (Vice President & Head of Global Partnerships, Activision Blizzard Esports) and Twitch star Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys discuss the opportunity presented by the global gaming industry and how it can help brands drive transformational growth.

 

The Paradox of Connection
15:00 | The Beach Stage

Despite the rise of social media, our connection to each other and the world has never been more challenged. Every study shows it is central to our happiness. What role do brands play in a world of disconnection?  

Join Amy Winger (Chief Strategy Officer, VMLY&R) and Jason Xenopolous (CEO North America, VMLY&R) to explore what relationship and passion means for brands today using their Connectedness Index and why connected brands matter more than ever.

 

*WPP & Google Sunset Social
17:00 | The Beach

 

*Reddit Dinner
20:00 | The Beach Restaurant

Wednesday 19 June

Lachlan Murdoch, Executive Chairman and CEO of Fox, in conversation with Mark Read, CEO of WPP
10:00 | The Beach Stage

What does the future hold for the global advertising, media and news industries? Hear Lachlan Murdoch (Co-Chairman, News Corp and Executive Chairman and CEO, Fox Corporation) in conversation with Mark Read (CEO, WPP) as they discuss today's media landscape.

 

Technology: Re-imagining the Customer Experience
11:00 | The Beach Stage

Join Stephan Pretorius, Chief Technology Officer, WPP and Alex Dayon, Chief Strategy Officer, Salesforce to discover the secrets behind the brands that power unified, customer-centric experiences; how to rethink businesses structure to better align to seamless experience; and where the opportunities are to merge creativity and technology.

 

*Client Leaders Lunch
12:00 | The Beach Restaurant

 

The Bull and The Bear
15:00 | The Beach Stage

Former analyst and now GroupM’s Global President of Business Intelligence Brian Wieser explains why we should be bullish about the outlook of the marketing industry, addressing the biggest growth opportunities and concerns that lie ahead. 

He is joined by industry experts, both bullish and bearish, Sarah Simon (Senior Analyst, Berenberg), Simon Francis (CEO, Flock) and Mark Cripps (Chief Marketing Officer, The Economist), for a robust conversation debating the industry’s future.

 

*LinkedIn Meet & Greet
15:00 | The Beach Restaurant

 

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, in conversation with Mark Read, CEO of WPP
16:00 | The Beach Stage

 

*Refresh and Recharge VMLY&R
17:00 | The Beach Bar

 

*Team Unilever Get-together
18:00 | The Beach Restaurant

 

*Ogilvy Reception
20:00 | The Beach Bar & Stage

Thursday 20 June

*Adobe Brunch
08:30 | The Beach Restaurant

 

Is Commerce Killing the Brand Experience Star?
09:00 | The Beach Stage

Brand experience is one of the most innovative and exciting areas for marketers today. But can commerce and brand experience really co-exist? Beth Ann Kaminkow, (CEO, Geometry Global), Richard Wise, (Brand Anthropologist, Geometry Global), Carolyn McKeever (Global Head of Downstream Marketing Communications, Shell) and Alicia Carey (Global Agency Director, Microsoft) discuss the tensions inherent between commercial growth and brand experience. 

 

*Geometry Brunch
09:00 | The Beach Bar

 

Media Dystopia
10:00 | The Beach Stage

Inspired by Netflix’s Black Mirror, Brad Hiranaga (Chief Brand Officer, North America, General Mills) and Joe Maceda (Chief Instigation Officer, Mindshare) play out current media trends and changing consumer behaviours to their most dramatic ends…

Be prepared to hear the latest on the rise of the subscription economy, the power of audio, digital identity and VR, and the intersection of brands and politics.  

 

Cannes Confessionals
11:00 | The Beach Stage

Mark Read (CEO, WPP) and Michael Kassan (Chairman & CEO, MediaLink) speak to Claire Atkinson (Senior Media Editor, NBC News) about the year gone and the year to come.  A no-holds barred Q&A on the future of the industry will follow. Come prepared to speak up.

 

*WPP Stella Speed Networking
12:00 | The Beach Restaurant

 

The AI Advantage: Live and In Person
14:00 | The Beach Stage

Have you ever wondered what AI can do to improve the ROI of your advertising campaigns? AI wizard Sara Robertson (Global VP, Product and Engineering, Xaxis) showcases how machine learning and bespoke algorithms can deliver better media and business outcomes with a live, interactive audience demonstration.

 

Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive Fashion Showcase
15:15 | The Beach Stage

Mel Edwards (CEO, Wunderman Thompson) and Gary Sheinbaum (CEO, Tommy Hilfiger) introduce us to the creative experts helping to build a more inclusive world, one creative innovation at a time. Wunderman Thompson, Tommy Adaptive's fashion show and leading influencers such as Lolo prove how embracing inclusivity fuels creative bravery for any brand who’s looking to dramatically change their customer approach... and the world.

 

*Citi x WPP Sundowners
17:15 | The Beach Bar

 

*The WPP Dinner
19:00 | The Beach

Friday 21 June

Farewell Brunch
09:00 - 13:00 | The Beach

 

The Uprising! Celebrating the Change-Makers
10:00 | The Beach Stage

Sameness has never been a good recipe for success. Monique Nelson (Chief Executive Officer, UniWorld Group), Jean-Rene Zetrenne (Chief Talent Officer, Ogilvy US), Daniel Seymour (Unsterotype Alliance, UN Women), & Suki Thompson (CEO, The Oystercatchers) know that diversity is no longer an option, it's a business imperative. Hear them discuss what companies need to do to foster diverse talent as they position their businesses for the future.

 

Unpack the Problem: Your Role in Ending Plastics
11:30 | The Beach Stage

How you can help solve one of the most important challenges facing our world? Mark Read (CEO, WPP), Arnaud Meysselle (CEO, REN Skincare), Rory Sutherland (Vice Chairman, Ogilvy UK) and Aisling Ryan (MD and Global Consulting Principal, The Corporate Practice, WPP) remind us that there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean threatening the very existence of marine life - and explain why creativity is the only way solve it.

 

The Beach Closes
14:00 | The Beach

Speakers

Mark Read

Mark Read

Chief Executive Officer, WPP

Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg

Chief Operating Officer, Facebook

Evan Spiegel

Evan Spiegel

Co-Founder & CEO, Snap Inc.

Mel Edwards

Mel Edwards

Global CEO, Wunderman Thompson

Lolo

Lolo

Disability Lifestyle Influencer, Actress, Model, Public Speaker & Content Creator

Tracy Yaverbaun

Tracy Yaverbaun

Chief Marketing Officer, Soho House

Jean-Rene Zetrenne

Jean-Rene Zetrenne

Chief Talent Officer, Ogilvy US

Christina Mallon

Christina Mallon

Inclusive Design Lead, Wunderman Thompson

Brad Hiranaga

Brad Hiranaga

Chief Brand Officer, North America, General Mills

Lindsay Pattison

Lindsay Pattison

Chief Client Officer, WPP

Leslie Sims

Leslie Sims

Chief Creative Officer, Ogilvy

Steve Huffman

Steve Huffman

Chief Executive Officer, Reddit

Ann Mukherjee

Ann Mukherjee

Chief Commercial Officer – Global Consumer Brands, SC Johnson

Kathleen Hall

Kathleen Hall

CVP of Brand, Advertising and Research, Microsoft

Imane ‘Pokimane’  Anys

Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys

Fortnite and League of Legends player & TwitchCon Ambassador

Danielle Trivisonno Hawley

Danielle Trivisonno Hawley

CCO, Americas, POSSIBLE

Joe Maceda

Joe Maceda

Chief Instigation Officer, Mindshare

James Rath

James Rath

Legally blind YouTuber, Filmmaker, Advocate & Public Speaker

Gary Sheinbaum

Gary Sheinbaum

Chief Executive Officer, Tommy Hilfiger Americas

Amy Winger

Amy Winger

Chief Strategy Officer, VMLY&R

Ryan  Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest

Radio & TV Personality

Lachlan Murdoch

Lachlan Murdoch

Co-Chairman, News Corp

Jason Xenopoulos

Jason Xenopoulos

CEO, NY & Chief Creative Officer, North America, VMLY&R

Brian Wieser

Brian Wieser

Global President, Business Intelligence, GroupM

Sarah Simon

Sarah Simon

Senior Analyst, Berenberg Bank

Michael Aragon

Michael Aragon

Senior Vice President of Content, Twitch

Beth Ann Kaminkow

Beth Ann Kaminkow

Global Chief Executive Officer, Geometry

Laurent  Ezekiel

Laurent Ezekiel

Chief Marketing and Growth Officer, WPP

Carolyn McKeever

Carolyn McKeever

Global Head of Downstream Marketing Communications, Shell

John O'Keeffe

John O'Keeffe

Global Chief Creative Officer, WPP

Bob  Pittman

Bob Pittman

Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc.

Alex Dayon

Alex Dayon

President, Chief Product Officer, Salesforce

Jennifer DaSilva

Jennifer DaSilva

President, Berlin Cameron & Founder, Girl Brands Do It Better

Michael Kassan

Michael Kassan

Chairman and CEO, MediaLink

Arnaud Meysselle

Arnaud Meysselle

Chief Executive Officer, REN Skincare

Stephan Pretorius

Stephan Pretorius

Chief Technology Officer, WPP

Sara Roberston

Sara Roberston

Global VP, Product and Engineering, Xaxis

Suki Thompson

Suki Thompson

CEO and Co Founder, Oystercatchers

Ann Lewnes

Ann Lewnes

Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Adobe

Lindsay Stein

Lindsay Stein

US Editor, Campaign

Claire Atkinson

Claire Atkinson

Senior Media Editor, NBC News

Monique Nelson

Monique Nelson

Chief Executive Officer, UniWorld Group

Daniel Seymour

Daniel Seymour

Unstereotype Alliance, UN Women

Debbi Vandeven

Debbi Vandeven

Global Chief Creative Officer, VMLY&R

Invitation to The Beach 

Anyone from a WPP company, client or partner will be welcome to use The Beach, subject to space. Request access, pre-register, and arrange fast-track entry here.

If you a member of the press, you can request access here.

For all other requests, contact thebeach@wpp.com

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