PR Lions names John Clinton as jury president

Edelman Canada chair John Clinton has been named as the jury president for this year’s PR Lions at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

Clinton leads a team of more than 250 people across Canada. In addition, he is also North American head of creative and content.PR Lions

With a career spanning more than 20 years, Clinton has led several national and global accounts, including Pepsi, Tim Hortons, Kraft and Kellogg’s.

Before joining Edelman, he was senior vice president, digital solutions and new media at Transcontinental Media, one of Canada’s largest print and digital media companies, and headed advertising firms Grey Worldwide Canada and J Walter Thomson.

In an interview with AdAge yesterday, Clinton said of his appointment: “I’ve never been the president of a jury before, but I think the biggest challenge is keeping things on the rails. You have 21 jurors and over 2,000 pieces of work, so you have a lot of work to get through and you have to be able to discuss everything and give everything a fair chance and be able to make sure that you come to the proper conclusions.”

Clinton’s appointment follows last month’s news that AMEC, the International Association for Measurement and Evaluation of Communication, has linked up with Cannes Lions to launch an advisory service for the Research and Measurement categories of the PR Lions awards.

This year’s Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity takes place in June from 18 to 25 June.

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