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Oliver’s Sharon Whale and Mekanism’s Jason Harris to chair 2022 Agency Business Awards


By Dani Gibson | Senior Writer

July 21, 2022 | 4 min read

Oliver Agency’s deputy chief executive officer Sharon Whale and Mekanism’s co-founder and chief executive officer Jason Harris have joined The Drum Awards for Agency Business 2022 as co-chairs.

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Sharon Whale, deputy chief executive officer of Oliver, and Jason Harris, co-founder and chief executive officer at Mekanism

The awards are designed to recognize the excellence of the whole agency, from strong leadership to the vital teams and functions often overlooked by other awards.

On her appointment Whale said: “I am super excited to be joint chair of judges for The Drum Awards for Agency Business 2022. These awards allow every person or business from entrepreneurs to 1,000+-strong agencies to be recognized for their brilliance, as well as look to champion change through awards in sustainability, CSR and health and wellbeing. The line-up of judges is stellar and I am looking forward to what will be a fascinating and enjoyable process.“

Harris added: “I am thrilled to co-chair the awards alongside an amazing global panel of judges. These awards value agency culture and agency performance, while also recognizing the best creative work, and are truly on an even playing field, meaning any agency from anywhere in the world has the ability to be celebrated.“

Along with these phenomenal co-chairs, the judging panel looking at your ideas to see if they are fresh, impactful, polished and effective will include:

  • Tom Stein, chairman and chief growth officer, Stein IAS

  • Abi Moran, chief executive officer, Folk Wunderman Thompson

  • Emma Montgomery, chief executive officer, Leo Burnett Australia

  • Holly Ripper, managing director, BBH London

  • Kunal Muzumdar, partner and managing director, AnalogFolk

  • Wendy Dixon, chief growth officer, M&C Saatchi

  • Matt Pensinger, executive vice-president and managing director, Jack Morton Worldwide

  • Emily Chang, chief executive officer, McCann China (who we spoke to earlier this month)

You can find out more about the full judging panel here.

While The Drum Awards for Agency Business 2022 has closed for entries, extensions are available now.

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