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Judges and jury chairs announced for The Drum Awards Festival


By The Drum, Editorial

July 27, 2023 | 7 min read

The lighthouse event for the global marketing community includes 15 different award ceremonies in December 2023. The deadline to enter is August 16.

The Drum Awards

The Drum Awards

The Drum’s annual Awards Festival will take place later this year when we will celebrate creative brilliance across categories such as advertising, PR, content and digital.

Preparing to review and award the work is a stellar panel of nearly 900 judges, including top marketers from PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Ikea, Jaguar Land Rover, Mars, Glossier, Droga5, WPP, Publicis, Dentsu and more.

Kristi Daraban, the associate vice-president of social media at Nationwide who was a judge at last year’s The Drum Awards for Social Media and who returns this year as co-chair of the jury, said: “Being a judge for The Drum Awards was a fantastic experience evaluating innovative campaigns that truly inspire. Working with the industry-leading experts who were my fellow judges made for vibrant conversations.

“It’s an honor to be part of a program that recognizes such creativity and I look forward to meeting more visionaries and reviewing the groundbreaking work.”

Here’s a breakdown of those chairing each awards competition and some of the names who will be joining them on the judging panels.

The Drum Awards for Creativity

Chair: Juan Carlos Ortíz, president and CEO, DDB Latina.

Judges: Kat Tan, creative lead, AKQA Group; Tres Colacion, group creative director, Droga5 New York; Adrian Botan, chief creative officer Europe, McCann Worldgroup; Rob Lambrechts, chief creative officer, Pereira O’Dell.

The Drum Awards for Content

Co-chairs: VJ Anand, executive creative director, Vaynermedia and Monika Oomen, VP of brand, communications and digital content strategy, Warner Bros Discovery.

Judges: Gabriella Herrera, brand content manger, Purina Europe; Chris Brody, global content architect for M&M’s, Mars; Victoria Ho, head of content, Grab; Mel Ho, head of content, LadBible Australia.

The Drum Awards for Media

Co-chairs: Soco Núñez de Cela, brand and communications director, Burger King UK and Peeyush Sharma, VP of strategy and new business development, Starcom.

Judges: Ryan De Joya, APAC media lead, Colgate-Palmolive; Nico Sarti, director of global creative strategy, Condé Nast; Emma Moorhead, head of channel planning, Wavemaker; Piers Langendoen, head of digital media, Post Office.

The Drum Awards for B2B

Co-chairs: Cos Mingides founding partner, True/BBN and Kristin Barry Collins, head of B2B client experience, Institutional Vanguard.

Judges: Erin McCallion, CMO, GumGum; Cristy Garcia, CMO,; Keith Browning, group manager and global brand marketing, LinkedIn; Bari Komitee, VP of B2B marketing, The New York Times.

The Drum Awards for Digital Industries

Co-chairs: Gah-Yee Won, head of marketing for the consumer group, Intuit and Phil Jones, founder, Podge Events.

Judges: Hollie McLellan, director of customer marketing Boots UK and ROI; Will Prosser, director of digital marketing and CRM, Tui; Kate Dale, director of marketing, Sport England; Usama Al-Qassab director, marketing and commercial, Wimbledon.

The Drum Awards for Digital Advertising

Co-chairs: Carmen Graf, head of global brand advertising and media, Indeed and Dathesh Rao, head of brand marketing, advertising and media, IBM Global Services.

Judges: Amina Folarin, CEO UK Group, Oliver Agency; Florence Ng, creative director, AKQA; Sturae Hickley, head of programmatic buying, GroupM; Paul Wright, head of Uber Advertising UK&I, Uber; Kaleesha Rajamantri, head of worldwide shopping events, Amazon Ads.

The Drum Awards for Experience

Co-chairs: Jonathan Emmins, founder and global CEO, Amplify and Judy Lee, head of global brand experience and programs, Pinterest.

Judges: Mike Goddard, head of campaign and account services, Cheil Worldwide; Gerard Martin, head of creative experiences, Starcom; Dan Collier-Hill, head of creative strategy, EssenceMediacom; Susan Liu Jones, head of experience production and partner, BBH.

The Drum Awards for Social Purpose

Chair(s): Soon to be announced.

Judges: Emma Murphy, community director, Creative Equals; Dr Stacie CC Graham, global director of the racial equity program, WPP; Gina Christie senior director of brand purpose marketing, Danone; Roya Shariat, senior manager of social impact and brand partnerships, Glossier.

The Drum Awards for PR

Co-chairs: John Mayne, global head of external communications and media, Dentsu International and Elaine Wong, VP of external communications, Comcast Advertising.

Judges: Filipa Allen, global marketing manager for Sailor Jerry and Reyka, William Grant & Sons; Dani Hooper, global PR and media affairs, Ikea; Ken McConomy, head of global PR, Jaguar Land Rover; Steven Restivo, VP of global corporate communications, United Airlines.

The Drum Awards for Agency Business

Co-chairs: Tim Hassett, group CEO, Unlimited and Beth Ann Kaminkow, global CEO, VMLY&R Commerce.

Judges: Kate Cox, CEO, Bray Leino; Tom Byrne, CEO, RocketMill; Andrew O’Dell, founder and CEO, Pereira O’Dell; Fura Johannesdottir, global chief creative officer, Huge.

The Drum Awards for Design

Chair: Natasha Chetiyawardana, creative partner and co-founder, Bow & Arrow.

Judges: Sue Daun, executive creative director, Interbrand; Kristin Agnarsdottir, creative director of visual design, Huge; James Hurst, founder and ECD, Punk Works.

The Drum Awards for Search

Co-chairs: Jason Lax, technical SEO expert, SAP and Lindsey Wiltse, senior SEO account director, Syzygy.

Judges: Amparo Gil, global head of search marketing, The Body Shop; Andreas Voss, global tech SEO manager, Dell Technologies; Jimisha Thakrar, head of organic performance, MGOMD; Dexter Laffrey, head of search for APAC, Media.Monks.

The Drum Awards for Social Media

Co-chairs: Eduardo Beltrao, global head of social media governance, HSBC and Kristi Daraban, associate VP of marketing, Nationwide.

Judges: Nicole Nunez, manager of social media and digital marketing for North America, Burger King; Kevin Chan, head of social practice, MediaCom UK; Marcus Dean, social media manager, Innocent Drinks; Roberto Mastrocola, head of global social strategy, Coca-Cola.

The Drum Awards for OOH

Co-chairs: Avital Pinchevsky, EVP and global executive creative director, FCB Chicago and Luke Li, global creative lead, Ikea.

Judges: Nikki Baker, chief creative officer, Fallon; Jim Wilson, CEO, Talon US; Dillah Zakbah, creative director and partner, BBH UK; Martin Porter, EVP and head of OOH, Dentsu.

The Drum Awards for the Metaverse

Chair: Cathy Hackl, founder and futurist, Journey

Judges: Vladislav Ginzburg, CEO, Blockparty; Todd Kaplan, CMO, Pepsico; Tom Morton, global chief strategy officer, R/GA; Caitlin Ryan, VP of the creative shop, Meta.

The Drum Awards Festival brings the best in class from across the industry to The Drum Labs, our very own bar, event and film studio in central London. The ceremonies will also be broadcast live to a global audience. The deadline to enter is August 16. Find more information on each award and view all of the categories.

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