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Advertising Week Europe reveals line-up featuring marketers from 02, Diageo and Microsoft

Advertising Week Europe stage

Google, R/GA, Bank of America and O2 chiefs will all take to the stage at this year’s Advertising Week Europe with organisers revealing the agenda for the event.

The annual advertising conference, for which The Drum is a media partner, takes place in London at a number of venues including Picturehouse Central, Ronnie Scott’s nightclub and Fortnum & Mason.

It will also welcome WPP’s UK country manager Karen Blackett OBE, Google’s EMEA president, Matt Brittin, Facebook’s EMEA VP Nicola Mendelsohn CBE and Syl Saller, chief marketing officer of Diageo.

The Opening Gala will be held in partnership with Hearst at The AllBright Club and will aim to convey the event’s global commitment to gender equality, diversity and raising up inspirational women from the industry. Other issues set to be tackled will include trust, transparency and digital regulation.

Rebecca Eaves, European director of Advertising Week, said: “We are delighted to announce a superb thought-leadership agenda for this year’s Advertising Week Europe. The London edition of the Week is growing from strength to strength, and the caliber of the program underscores the best-in-class position The Week holds, both in Europe and globally.”

The list of speakers can be seen below with further details on the event, which runs from 18 – 21 March, can be found on the Advertising Week Europe website.

  • Nina Bibby, O2 chief marketing officer
  • Karen Blackett OBE, WPP UK country manager
  • Matt Brittin, Google, EMEA president
  • Anne Finucane, Bank of America vice chairman
  • Bob Greenberg, R/GA chairman and founder
  • Sir John Hegarty, BBH founder
  • Tristram Hunt, The Victoria and Albert Museum director
  • Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
  • Simon Mayo, radio personality
  • Nicola Mendelsohn CBE, Facebook vice president EMEA
  • Judy Murray OBE, tennis coach
  • Katie Piper, campaigner
  • Paul Polman, outgoing Unilever chief executive
  • Richard Potter, Microsoft UK chief technology officer
  • Prabhaker Raghavan, Google senior vice president for ads
  • Mark Read, WPP chief executive
  • Jason Robinson, Rugby World Cup champion
  • Michael Roth, IPG chairman and chief executive
  • Syl Saller, Diageo chief marketing officer
  • Sir Martin Sorrell, S4 Capital founder
  • Nuria Tarre, City Football chief marketing officer
  • Katharine Viner, Guardian editor-in-chief

Meanwhile, The Drum will also be running it’s pop up pub, The Drum Arms, just moments away from the Picturehouse Central venue in Piccadilly in tandem with the event.

It will offer the advertising industry space to network and attend panels hosted by Europe’s best-read advertising publication – the line up for which can be found here.