Gunn lands Cannes awards post

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.

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

Chicago.



He will be responsible for monitoring global advertising, as well as

running the network’s commercials library and creative exchange

programme.



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.



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