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World Creative Rankings 2023: the most-awarded ECDs in the world revealed

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By Sam Bradley | Senior Reporter

March 8, 2023 | 13 min read

We reveal the most-awarded executive creative officers in the industry in the 2023 edition of The Drum’s World Creative Rankings.

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Serviceplan, the agency behind award winning work for Dot, saw its ECDs rank highly this year / Serviceplan

This week, we examine which chief creative officers, creative directors and copywriters received the most critical acclaim via industry awards over the last year. Today, it’s the turn of executive creative directors such as Leo Burnett Chicago’s Sam Shepherd, who leads the rankings.

Shepherd is joined at the top by fellow luminaries Marie Claire Maalouf of Impact BBDO and Christophe Everke at Serviceplan.

The rankings are compiled by exhaustively analyzing the performance of thousands of pieces of creative work across 19 major industry awards programs, including The Drum Awards, throughout 2022.

1 Sam Shepherd Leo Burnett Chicago
2 Elliot Langerman ZS
3 Marie Claire Maalouf Impact BBDO
4 Mike Dubrick Rethink Toronto
5 Christoph Everke Serviceplan Gruppe
6 Alexander Nagel Serviceplan Campaign 3
7 Ali Rez Impact BBDO
8 Daniel Fisher Oglivy
9 Jason Romeyko Serviceplan
10 Andrey Tyukavkin Publicis Italy
11= Saulo Rocha David Madrid
11= Andre Toledo David New York
13 Colin Craig Performance Art
14 Joe Abou Khaled Impact BBDO
15 Jason Graff Area 23
16= Cedric Astrella McCann Paris
16= Guy Swimer McCann Health London
16= Sebastien Boutebel Saatchi&Saatchi
19 Joao Medeiros Havas Middle East
20 Nicholas Hulley AMV BBDO
21 Marcus Kawamura Kawalab.co
22 Nadja Lossgott AMV BBDO
23 Morten Grubak Virtue Worldwide
24 Milos Obradovic Publicis Italy
25 Bruno Brux Gut São Paulo
26 Benjamin Merkel Leo Burnett
27= Lorenz Langgartner Serviceplan Group
27= Franz Roppischer Serviceplan Group
29= Niraj Zaveri VMLY&R
29= Justin Ebert VMLY&R
31 Neville Shah Ogilvy
32 Gavin Chimes Howatson+Company
33 Edgard Gianesi David
34 Gary Resch FCB New York
35 Peter Alsante Grey NY
36 Oliver Handlos Publicis New York
37 Lynsey Atkin 4creative
38= Leia Rogers Rethink
38= Murilo Melo Gut São Paulo
40 Andy Fergusson Leo Burnett Australia

Cheil produced ’The Cost of Bullying’ for client Samsung. ECD Kimmy Liu ranked 40th this year.

41 Kimmy Liu Cheil
42 Morgan Tierney Rethink
43 Renata Leao David
44 Jules Chalkley Ogilvy UK
45 Matias Menendez AKQA
46= Laurie Howell Droga5
46= Toby Treyer-Evans Droga6
48= Daniel Koller Seven.One AdFactory
48= Lisa Fedyszyn Special Group New Zealand
48= Jonathan McMahon Special Group New Zealand
51 Haydn Kerr Tribal Aotearoa
52 McKay Hathaway VMLY&R
53= Bianca Guimaraes Mischief
53= Kevin Mulroy Mischief
55 Hagen Fiedler Astral Kreativ
56= Marcelo Ramirez Havas
56= Bharat Kumar Havas
56= Josefine Richards Apple
56= Markus Ahlm Colony Agency Production
56= Toby Allen The&Partnership
56= Jim Hilson Impact BBDO

Impact BBDO was honored for its Tena campaigns over the last year. ECD Jim Hilson ranked joint 56th in our league table.

62= Benjamin Marchal TBWA Paris
62= Faustin Claverie TBWA Paris
64= Colin Selikow DDB
64= Prasert Vijitpawan Ogilvy Group Thailand
64= Andres Villalobos Ogilvy Honduras
67= Guilherme Biglia Asteroide
67= Ariel Abramovici Gut LA
67= Bruno Acanfora Gut LA
70 Samira Ansari Deutsch NY
71= Peter Waibel Freelance
71= Rico Noel Freelance
73 Zach Hilder 72andSunny
74 Nicolas Becker Havas Germany
75= Alfred Wong TBWA
75= Brian Ma Freelance
75= Mike Bokman 180LA
78 Ramiro Raposo The Community
79= Shagun Seda Netflix
79= Rodrigo Leal Rodrigues Horizon FCB Dubai
81= Patrik Lenhart R/GA
81= Christof Deutscher Media.Monks
81= Mohammed Sehly Leo Burnett KSA
81= Marc Sobier Verizon
81= Beto Rogoski VMLY&R
86 Kash Sree Freelance
87= Stevie Archer SS+K
87= Ant Nelson Adam & Eve/DDB
87= Mike Sutherland Adam & Eve/DDB
90= Marcus Tesoriero The General Store
90= Fernando Pellizzaro AKQA Bloom
90= Christina Yu OstrichCo Inc.
90= Gumpon Laksanajinda Ogilvy Bangkok
90= Jean Zamprogno AKQA Bloom
95= Gary Steele DDB New Zealand
95= Brynna Aylward Gut Toronto
97= Youri Guerassimov Marcel
97= Gaetan Du Peloux Marcel
97= Nicolas Quintal Rethink
97= Evgeny Primachenko Wieden+Kennedy

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