David Droga will be awarded Lion of St. Mark award at Cannes

David Droga

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has announced that founder and creative chairman of Droga5 David Droga will be the recipient of this year’s Lion of St. Mark, an award that honors individuals who have made a significant contribution to creativity within the industry.

Droga is one of the most awarded creatives in the business. According to Cannes, he has won more than 70 Gold and 15 Grand Prix/Titanium Lions throughout his career. He won his first Lion at the age of 19.

“I have worked with more talented people and had more opportunities than one creative person deserves,” said Droga in a statement. “The Lion of St. Mark honour is beyond my wildest ambitions. It’s incredible to be recognised with this, when you still feel you have so much more to do and prove. But I will soak it up with pride and humility.”

He will be presented with the Lion of St. Mark during the Festival awards ceremony on June 24.

Droga founded Droga5 in 2006 after serving as the first-ever worldwide chief creative officer of the Publicis Network in New York. Last year, Droga5 was named Cannes Lions’ Independent Agency of the Year for the second year in a row.

Minda Smiley

Minda Smiley is a reporter at The Drum covering creativity and advertising. Based in Philadelphia, she primarily covers independent agencies and B2B marketing. She also oversees The Drum’s “Independent Influence,” a weekly series that spotlights the work, perspectives and inspirations behind independent agencies. During her time at The Drum, she has covered industry events including SXSW, ANA Masters of Marketing, 4A’s Transformation and C2 Montréal. She is a graduate of the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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