Philip Thomas, CEO of  Lions Festivals and acclaimed industry expert, will be coming to South Africa to share his insight and experience of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in a once-off opportunity for  all professionals in the brand communications industry on 2 October.

At an exclusive Learning From Cannes Lions Breakfast, which will also see a panel of top South African Cannes Lions Judges along with local creative guru Andy Rice as facilitator, Thomas is set to blow the minds of guests with a presentation that will open up new understandings about the industry. Entitled ‘Creativity Matters’, the biggest creative giant in the world will be outlining the importance of creativity, proving its effectiveness and showcasing the biggest trends from the 2014 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

Commenting on the Cannes Lions Breakfast, Thomas says, “Cannes Lions is the only true annual meeting place for the global creative communications industry, meaning that this is the place where creativity is fuelled, ideas are realised and inspiration is in abundance. To be able to bring a bit of this to South Africa and discuss what we’ve learnt from Cannes Lions, and why creativity in all businesses and brands is essential, is a really fantastic opportunity which I am very  much looking forward to.”

Thomas, who began his career as a journalist, working on national and international magazines and newspapers as well as editing Empire, the UK’s biggest-selling movie magazine, moved into publishing and became the Managing Director of FHM Worldwide. He took the UK edition of the iconic men’s magazine to more than 700 000 per month, establishing it as Europe’s biggest-selling monthly magazine, and launching editions throughout the world.

He was then appointed Managing Director of Emap’s Australian and South East Asian division, based in Sydney for three years before returning to the UK, and in November 2006 was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

The division now runs seven Festivals: Cannes Lions, Lions Health, Eurobest, Dubai Lynx, Spikes Asia, Digital Asia Festival and the AMES. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Media.

See this global phenomenon in action on 2 October at 09h00 at Ster-Kinekor Cedar Square in Johannesburg and Ster-Kinekor Cavendish in Cape Town. The event will be live in Johannesburg and streamed to the Cape Town audience.

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