Creative the Big Won Rankings

The Big Won: world's most award-winning creatives revealed


By The Drum, Editorial

February 6, 2019 | 10 min read

BBDO New York's David Lubars and Greg Hahn, along with Sean Bryan and Tom Murphy of McCann New York, have been named the most award-winning chief creative officers of 2018 in The Big Won rankings.

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David Lubars has been named the most-awarded chief creative officer in 2018 in The Big Won rankings

The annual study analyses data from the world's major industry competitions – including D&AD, Cannes Lions, the Clios, The Drum Awards and more – to determine the most successful companies and creatives in advertising.

The research encompasses 3,607 pieces of work from 1,721 agencies and involved 647 chief creative officers, 841 executive creative directors and 2,543 creative directors.

Below, you'll find the definitive ranking of the world's top chief creative officers, executive creative directors and creative officers. You can also check out the 20 ads that won the most awards in 2018 and the world's 20 most award-winning agencies.

These listings reflect the agencies that the chief creative officers, executive creative directors and creative directors were at when the campaigns were produced. For those creatives that have since moved on, we've listed their current agency also.

Most-awarded chief creative officers

Rank Name Agency
1= David Lubars BBDO Worldwide
1= Greg Hahn BBDO New York
3= Sean Bryan McCann New York
3= Tom Murphy McCann New York
5 Ari Weiss DDB North America
6 Eric Silver McCann North America
7 Joe Sciarotta Ogilvy USA
8 Reed Collins Ogilvy North Asia
9 John Maxham DDB Chicago
10= Rob Doubal McCann London
10= Laurence Thomson McCann London
12 Rob Belgiovane BWM Dentsu Sydney
13 Joyce King Thomas McCann XBC (formerly McCann New York)
14 Walid Kanaan TBWA\RAAD
15 Damon Stapleton DDB New Zealand
16 Ralf Heuel Grabarz & Partner Hamburg
17 Andres Ordronez Energy BBDO
18 Ant White CHE Proximity
19 Alexander Schill Serviceplan Group
20 Pete Case Ogilvy South Africa

Most-awarded executive creative directors

Rank Name Agency
1 Colin Selikow DDB Chicago
2= Stu Turner VMLY&R (formerly Havas/Host)
2= Seamus Higgins Host/Havas
4 Jens Pfau Jung Von Matt
5= Adrian Rossi Grey London (formerly AMV BBDO)
5= Alex Grieve AMV BBDO
7 Shane Bradnick TBWA\New Zealand (formerly DDB Auckland)
8 Fouad Abdel Malak TBWA\RAAD (formerly Impact BBDO)
9 Tom Markham BBDO New York
10 Asheen Naidu BWM Dentsu Sydney
11 Ian Mackenzie FCB/Six
12 Alan Kelly Rothco/Accnture Interactive
13= Iain Tait Wieden+Kennedy London
13= Tony Davidson Wieden+Kennedy London
15 Alexander Kalchev DDB Paris
16 Bruno Prosperi AlmapBBDO Brazil
17 Chris Mitton McCann New York
18 Nir Refuah McCann New York
19= Gianfranco Arena BBDO New York
19= Peter Kain BBDO New York
21 Paul Bichler Saatchi & Saatchi New York

Top creative directors

Rank Name Agency
1= Sebastian Schnell Jung Von Matt/Next Alster
1= Anna Lichnog Jung Von Matt
3 Bruno Bertelli Publicis Worldwide (formerly Publicis Worldwide Western Europe)
4= Matthew Nisbet Ogilvy Hong Kong
4= John Koay Ogilvy Hong Kong
6= Nathaniel Lawlor DDB Chicago
6= Ruth Bellotti DDB Chicago
8 Gustavo Vampre Deloitte (formerly Havas)
9 Paul Bootlis Macquarie Health (formerly Host/Havas Sydney)
10 Mark Bruker Ogilvy Chicago
11= Sanjiv Mistry McCann London
11= Jamie Mietz McCann London
13 Hital Pandya Ogilvy Chicago
14 Kai Fung Chan Ogilvy Hong Kong
15 Luissandro Del Gobbo Ogilvy Chicago
16= Jakob Eckstein Grabarz & Partner Hamburg
16= Matthias Preuss Grabarz & Partner Hamburg
18 Craig Mcintosh Cossette
19 Tom Murphy McCann New York
20= Mike Felix DDB New Zealand
20= Brett Colliver DDB New Zealand

You can view the rest of of the results of The Big Won here.

Creative the Big Won Rankings

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