Donald Gunn, Leo Burnett’s worldwide head of creative resources,
will become the first president of the Cannes International Advertising
Festival when he retires this September.
Gunn, 59, will help foster good relations with the festival’s overseas
representatives, and be responsible for generating festival entries.
This will include working closely with the juries during the two
festivals run by the company - Cannes itself and Eurobest.
Cannes’ chairman, Roger Hatchuel, will remain in that post, while his
son, Romain Hatchuel, will return as chief operating officer, with the
hands-on job of running both festivals. He replaces the former festival
director, Charles Sciberras, who resigned last year.
Gunn’s departure from Burnetts ends a 35-year era at the network, which
he first joined in 1962 as an account executive trainee for the London
office. He progressed to be a copywriter in London, a creative director
in Johannesburg and managing director of the Amsterdam office.
Gunn will be replaced at Burnetts by Paul Kemp Robertson, the editor of
Shots magazine, who will be based at Burnetts’ headquarters in
He will be responsible for monitoring global advertising, as well as
running the network’s commercials library and creative exchange
Robertson has been with Shots since graduating in 1990, apart from a
small stint at the production company, Maritz. He will take up his new
role in June.