The final two of six jury presidents have been announced for the Spikes Asia Advertising Festival.
Akira Kagami, executive advisor and global executive creative advisor of Dentsu has been named as the Craft jury president and Jon Wilkins, the Founding Partner of Naked Communications has been appointed as the Media jury president.
“With an in-depth knowledge of the region’s communications industry and work, both Akira and Jon’s experiences are paramount to leading the juries whose decision will ultimately be influential to these awards and to the business,” said Terry Savage, chairman of Cannes Lions, who with Haymarket are joint organisers of the Festival.
Employed for 30 years with Dentsu has given Kagami the opportunity to work on almost every category imaginable. Through all his work at Dentsu, he has picked up numerous prizes, including awards at Cannes Lions, Clio, and One Show, as well as three Grand Prix at AdFest.
He has served on the jury at Cannes Lions, Clio, One Show, D&AD, Spikes as well as being jury chair at Cannes Lions and AdFest. This year, he will receive the New York Festivals Lifetime Achievement Award.
Naked's Wilkin began his career in TV, working at Granada TV, being part of the newly formed MTV Europe, and also a stint in the international marketing department at Disney.
He then crossed the divide to BMP DDB where he worked across local and global accounts, and was part of the team that started what has become Tribal DDB.
At BMP he was put on the main board as media strategy director. In 1997 he left to work at PHD. The agency won Agency of the Year in 1998 and 1999 and was widely recognised as being leader within communications strategy. Jon was promoted to joint managing director in 1999.
In August 2000, Wilkin launched Naked Communications along with John Harlow and Will Collin. Naked is a multiple award winning creative communications agency, with offices in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Oslo, Sydney, Tokyo, Melbourne, New York, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Auckland with plans afoot in South East Asia, China and India.
Naked work with clients including Nokia, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Kimberly Clark and Johnson and Johnson.
In 2009 Jon was promoted to the Board of Photon as director of the Integrated and Digital Division. In January 2010 he moved to Sydney where he continues to be global chairman of Naked focusing on growing the Asia Pacific business alongside his Photon role.
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