The Clio Awards today announced that David Droga, the Aussie expat founder and creative chairman of Droga5, will be the recipient of the 2019 Clio Lifetime Achievement Award at the 60th anniversary Clio Awards ceremony. Droga will receive his honor on stage at the Manhattan Center in New York City on September 25th.
“From Sydney to Singapore and London to New York, David Droga has earned a reputation as one of our industry’s most iconic and consistent creative leaders,” says Nicole Purcell, President, Clio. “Since David settled in New York to create his own agency just over a decade ago, he has built it into a powerhouse and irrefutable benchmark for the global creative industry. His vision and audacious leadership have fostered some of the most impactful advertising ideas of our generation.
“From the Marc Ecko Air Force One stunt to ‘Decode Jay-Z’ and Newcastle Brown Ale to MailChimp, David helped us redefine and reimagine what advertising could be. With Honey Maid, Prudential and Under Armour, David challenged consumers to think differently about traditional social roles and with the UNICEF Tap Project and The New York Times, he has shown the power advertising can have in highlighting important issues. His contributions are not just a gift to the advertising community, but to the world at large.”
In 2017, Droga became the youngest recipient of the Lion of St. Mark at Cannes; he is also a laureate of the Asian Media and Marketing Hall of Fame, the New York Art Directors Club Hall of Fame, the Campaign Brief Hall of Fame, the AWARD Hall of Fame and the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement. His namesake company, a creative agency with offices in New York and London, has been named Agency of the Year more than 23 times since 2007. It has become one of the only agencies to be named to Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in the world list multiple times and is the only agency to have appeared on Advertising Age’s A-List for eight consecutive years.
Says Droga: “Any recognition of a proud creative voice is a celebration for all of us who care about the future of this amazing industry. I can think of many talented, creative individuals who deserve this accolade. Clio is such a highly respected awards program in the creative community, and I am both proud and humbled to receive the Clio Lifetime Achievement Award, particularly as they celebrate their 60th anniversary. Thank you.”
Prior to founding Droga5 in 2006, the Australian native’s resume was accentuated by a tenure as partner and Executive Creative Director of OMON Sydney at just 22, CCO of Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore (Advertising Age’s International Agency of the Year in 1998), CCO of Saatchi & Saatchi London (winner of multiple Agency of the Year awards) and global CCO of Publicis.
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