20 January 2022

Cannes Lions names Fred Levron and Yasuharu Sasaki as Jury Presidents

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has announced the names of the Jury Presidents who will lead juries to award this year’s Lions and set the global benchmark for excellence in creativity.


Fred Levron, Dentsu International’s Global Chief Creative Office, has been names as Direct Lions Jury President and  Dentsu Inc Japan’s Chief Creative Officer, Yasuharu Sasaki, as Brand Experience & Activation Lions Jury President.



Simon Cook, CEO, LIONS, said:

“We’re delighted to announce and work with such an exceptional lineup of global talent. Our presidents are essential in maintaining the integrity of the Lions, and having won hundreds between them, this is a role that I have no doubt they will perform exceptionally well. This announcement marks the start of the countdown to Cannes Lions, where the global community will come together once again to be inspired by a body of work that will point to a new direction for our industry.”




Other Cannes Lions 2022 Jury Presidents have been named as: 



Creative B2B Lions Jury President 

Paul Hirsch, President, Chief Creative Officer, Doremus, Global


Creative Business Transformation Lions Jury President 

Ronald Ng, Global Chief Creative Officer, MRM, Global


Creative Commerce Lions Jury President 

Beth Ann Kaminkow, Global CEO VMLY&R COMMERCE / CEO VMLY&R NY, VMLY&R, Global


Creative Data Lions Jury President 

Alan Kelly, Chief Creative Officer, Rothco, Ireland


Creative Effectiveness Lions Jury President 

Raja Rajamannar, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Mastercard, Global


Creative Strategy Lions Jury President 

Chrissie Hanson, Global Chief Strategy Officer, OMD, Global


Design Lions Jury President 

Lisa Smith, Executive Creative Director, Jones Knowles Ritchie (JKR), USA


Digital Craft Lions Jury President 

Luciana Haguiara, Executive Creative Director, Media.Monks, Brazil


Entertainment Lions Jury President 

Maria Garrido, Global CMO, Formerly Vivendi, France


Entertainment Lions for Music Jury President 

Amani Duncan, President, BBH, USA


Entertainment Lions for Sport Jury President 

Marcel Marcondes, Global President, Beyond Beer, AB InBev, Global


Film Craft Lions Jury President 

Patrick Milling-Smith, Co-Founder & Global CEO, SMUGGLER, USA 


Film Lions Jury President 

David Lubars, Chief Creative Officer, BBDO Worldwide, Global


Glass: The Lion for Change Jury President 

Colleen DeCourcy, President, Wieden+Kennedy, Global


Health & Wellness Lions Jury President 

Patricia Corsi, Global Chief Marketing and Digital Officer, Bayer Consumer Health, Global


Industry Craft Lions Jury President 

Nils Leonard, Founder, Uncommon Creative Studio Ltd, Global


Innovation Lions Jury President 

Cleve Gibbon, CTO, Wunderman Thompson, USA


Media Lions Jury President 

Daryl Lee, Global CEO, IPG Mediabrands, Global


Mobile Lions Jury President 

Hugo Veiga, Global Chief Creative Officer, AKQA, Global


Outdoor Lions Jury President 

Eugene Cheong, Chief Creative Officer, DDB Asia, Singapore


Pharma Lions Jury President 

Brett O’Connor, Executive Creative Director, VCCP Health, UK


PR Lions Jury President 

Judy John, Global Chief Creative Officer, Edelman, Canada


Print & Publishing Lions Jury President 

Natalie Lam, Chief Creative Officer, Publicis Groupe APAC & MEA, Hong Kong, SAR


Radio & Audio Lions Jury President 

Mariana O'Kelly, Global Executive Creative Director, Ogilvy, USA


Social & Influencer Lions Jury President 

Caitlin Ryan, VP, EMEA Creative Shop, Meta, EMEA


Sustainable Development Goals Lions Jury President 

Kimberlee Wells, CEO, TBWA\Melbourne & Adelaide, Australia


Titanium Lions Jury President 

Rob Reilly, Global Chief Creative Officer, WPP, Global




About the judging, Philip Thomas, Chairman, LIONS, said:

“The return of the physical Festival to Cannes in June allows us once again to bring the juries together in person to define the benchmark of creativity. We thank them for their efforts in choosing the work that will inspire organisations globally to strive for creativity that drives positive change and sustainable growth.”



Cannes Lions 2022 will take takes place between 20-24 June and will provide an annual forum for the global industry to address the most pressing issues that they and the world are facing today.