Cannes names 2016 jury presidents

Two Canadians are among the 23 industry leaders who will judge the world's best work at this year's festival.

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has announced the jury presidents for the 2016 event, including those for Lions Health, Lions Innovation and Lions Entertainment, and a pair of Canadians will lead juries for the first time.

John Clinton, chair of Edelman Canada and North American head of creative and content, has been named president of the PR jury, while Tom Eymundson, CEO and director at commercial audio production company Pirate, has been named president of the Radio jury.

The pair are the third and fourth Canadians to be named jury presidents at Cannes, following Leo Burnett Toronto CEO and CCO Judy John leading the Direct jury last year and Taxi CCO Paul Lavoie leading the Film jury in 2009. This will also mark the first time two Canadians have served as jury presidents in the same year.

When it comes to Cannes holding to its commitment to gender diversity on juries, six women will sit as jury presidents, up from five in 2015, although the addition of several new juries this year has allowed the number of men serving as jury presidents to go up as well, from 14 to 17.

The full roster of 23 jury presidents is:

Creative Effectiveness: Andrew Robertson, CEO, BBDO, Global
Creative Data: Tash Whitmey, Group CEO, Havas helia, Global
Cyber: Chloe Gottlieb, SVP and ECD, R/GA, Global
Design: Tristan Macherel, ECD, Landor, France
Digital Craft: Wesley ter Haar, Founder and COO, MediaMonks, Netherlands
Direct: Mark Tutssel, Global CCO, Leo Burnett Worldwide, Creative Chairman, Publicis Communications, Global
Entertainment: Jae Goodman, CCO and co-head, CAA Marketing, USA
Entertainment Lions for Music: Josh Rabinowitz, EVP/Director of Music, Grey Group, USA
Film: Joe Alexander, CCO, The Martin Agency, USA
Film Craft: Laura Gregory, Founder and CEO, Great Guns, Global
Glass: Madeline Di Nonno, CEO, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, Global
Health & Wellness: Joshua Prince, president, CDM Group, USA
Innovation: Emad Tahtouh, director of applied technology, Finch, Australia
Media: Nick Waters, CEO Asia Pacific, Dentsu Aegis Network, Asia Pacific
Mobile: Malcolm Poynton, Global CCO, Cheil Worldwide, Global
Outdoor: Ricardo John, CCO, J. Walter Thompson, Brazil
Pharma: Alexandra von Plato, group president, North America, Publicis Healthcare Communications Group, North America
PR: John Clinton, chair, Canada, North American head of creative and content, Edelman, North America
Print & Publishing: Joji Jacob, Group ECD, DDB Group, Singapore
Product Design: Amina Horozic, lead industrial designer, Fuseproject, USA
Promo & Activation: Rob Reilly, global creative chairman, McCann Worldgroup, Global
Radio: Tom Eymundson, CEO, director, Pirate Group, Canada
Titanium and Integrated: Sir John Hegarty, founder, creative, BBH, Global