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Who were the top executive creative directors of 2016? The Directory Big Won rankings

The Directory Big Won Rankings have been revealed, with the awards data offering insights into the most successful advertising and creative campaigns for 2016. Below we recount who was found to be the most successful executive creative directors of the year based on international award wins.

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1.Tham Khai Meng​​​ Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide ​592 points

2. Nick Worthington​​​ Colenso BBDO Auckland ​531 points

3. Josh Moore​​​​ Y&R Auckland ​​​458 points

4. Mark Tutssel​​​​Leo Burnett Worldwide ​​363 points

5= David Lubars​​​ BBDO Worldwide ​​309 points

5= Greg Hahn ​​​​BBDO New York​​ 309 points

7. Bechara Mouzannar ​​​Leo Burnett MENA​​ 250 points

8. Luiz Sanches ​​​​AlmapBBDO Sao Paulo ​​244 points

9. Pete Case​​​​ Ogilvy & Mather South Africa​ 229 points

10. David Droga ​​​Droga5 New York ​​204 points

11. Damon Stapleton​​​ DDB Auckland​​​ 200 points

12. Per Pedersen​​​ Grey New York​​​ 195 points

13. Paul Brazier ​​​​AMVBBDO London​​ 190 points

14. Paul Shearer ​​​​Memac Ogilvy & Mather MENA​ 189 points

15= Josy Paul​​​​ BBDO Mumbai​​​ 180 points

15= Eric Silver ​​​​McCann New York ​​180 points

17. Laurence Thompson/Rob Doubal​ McCann London​​ 165 points

18. Tom Murphy/Sean Bryan​​ McCann New York ​​164 points

19. Judy John ​​​​Leo Burnett Toronto​​ 155 points

20. James Mok ​​​​FCB New Zealand​​ 149 points

Elsewhere, the 'McWhopper' topped the top ten most awarded ads in 2016 while the continued social media censorship made an appearance throughout a number of ads. More details and insights about this year's results can be found in Patrick Hollister, editor of The Directory Big Won's piece on The Drum.

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Stephen Lepitak

Stephen Lepitak is editor of The Drum, with responsibility for overseeing the day-to-day running of the content produced for the various platforms run by the publication. Over the years he has interviewed agency network bosses such as Sir Martin Sorrell, Maurice Lévy and Arthur Sadoun, as well as Cindy Gallop, Kim Kardashian, film directors James Cameron, Spike Jonze and producers Harvey Weinstein and Lord David Puttnam. With a keen interest in media and breaking news, Lepitak has been with The Drum since 2005 and is based across its UK, US and Asia operations.

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