Australian cinema advertising executive Terry Savage is the new occupant of the hottest of hot seats – chief executive of that ego-fuelled cauldron of volatility, the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival.

Formerly the executive chairman of Sydney-headquartered cinema advertising group Val Morgan, Savage fills the gap left last September when incumbent Franz Prenner abruptly quit after just eight months in the job. Savage has represented Australian interests at the Cannes circus for over fifteen years.

Like his predecessors, he will be London based and has referred to his new job as “about as an exciting role as you can get”. [Or might that be a misprint for ‘exacting’?]

Not so, Savage insists. “The blueprint is working extremely well. Fundamentally the Cannes Festival is understanding and tapping into the extraordinary convergence issues relating to all media and marketing communication.”

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