CANNES - Günter Thielen, chairman/ceo of Europe's largest media group Bertelsmann, will be garlanded 'Media Person of the Year' later this month at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival.

Rhapsodized Lions' executive chairman Terry Savage: "As head of Bertelsmann [Günter] has shown so impressively how business excellence can go hand in hand with social responsibility. By reviving the media company's decentralised corporate culture of partnership, he unleashed enormous creative potential and set the scene for innovation and growth."

Thielen, a Bertelsmann career executive for the past twenty-five years, will collect his award during the Awards Ceremony on June 20 at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.