WARC Awards for Effectiveness: 2021 Sustained Growth Judges

Brent Smart

Chair of Judges
Chief Marketing Officer, IAG
Brent has been in the advertising business for 20 years in Australia, New Zealand and the USA. He was CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi New York and ran Colenso BBDO which was named NZ Agency of the Decade. He now heads marketing for Australian insurance giant IAG.

Brent Smart

Martin Albrecht

CEO, CROSSMEDIA Worldwide
Martin is an international media strategist, passionately building the global media alternative. He co-founded Crossmedia, a globally independent media agency, two decades ago. Martin began his career in Germany at Lintas and DDB, moved to New York to join Ogilvy before launching Crossmedia in the US and having served on its board in Germany since 2006.

Martin Albrecht

Bridget Angear

Founding Partner, bridget+craig
Bridget co-founded bridget+craig with Craig Mawdsley in 2021. During their time at AMV BBDO London, Bridget and Craig were voted London’s #1 strategists for five out of the last seven years. Bridget has been Chair of Judges for the IPA Effectiveness Awards was made a Fellow of the IPA in 2016. She has also published her first book, called Revolt, on how to create movements.

Bridget Angear

Charles Baker

Vice President, Strategy, Digitas North America
Charles leads global connections planning for Visa, helping bring media and creative together to grow Visa's brand while increasing adoption and usage of innovative fintech products. Previous clients include Samsung, Comcast, AT&T, SAP, P&G and others.

Charles Baker

Monica Bhatia

Senior Vice President, Client Partner, APAC & Managing Director, Singapore, Essence
Monica heads Essence’s Google media business across the region. She is also responsible for driving continued client-centric innovation in data, analytics and technology, as well as business growth and company culture for Essence in Singapore. Prior to Essence, Monica led the digital practice for GroupM’s Maxus in APAC and has more than 17 years industry experience.

Monica Bhatia

Federica Bowman

Global CEO, FirmDecisions
Federica was appointed Global CEO of FirmDecisions in August 2020. As CEO, Federica oversees a global team of over 50 specialists in the field of marketing contract compliance. Prior to that, she held the role of Managing Director for FirmDecisions global digital services. Before joining the FirmDecisions team, Bowman was Ebiquity’s global digital lead based in New York and London.

Federica Bowman

James Calvert

Chief Data Strategy Officer, M&C Saatchi
As Chief Data Officer, James brings together commercial strategy, customer understanding and creativity to help create healthy brands and happy customers. By using data to help brands do things right and to do the right things, James's experience in navigating effectiveness and efficiency helps grow and scale market leading brands, including IKEA, O2 and Costa Coffee.

James Calvert

Alexis de Montaigu

Head of Strategic Planning, Havas New York
Alexis' responsibility is to lead the department of 18 strategists at Havas and ensure clients receive the best integrated strategic solutions customized to their business needs and challenges. This means bringing together brand strategy, consumer insights, digital strategy, consumer journeys and performance marketing into one cohesive plan.

Alexis de Montaigu

John Harrison

Effectiveness Lead, BBH London
John promotes the positive difference that BBH’s creative work makes to its clients’ brands. He joined the agency in 2006 as a Strategy Director. Since then he has led the brand and communications strategy on a range of both international and UK brands. John was promoted to Managing Partner in June 2012. Prior to BBH, John worked at Leo Burnet.

John Harrison

Andrew Geoghegan

Global Head of Consumer Planning, Diageo
Andrew is passionate about marketing effectiveness and has pioneered an approach across Diageo using leading-edge data and technology called marketing catalyst. The IPA recognised Diageo’s dedication to effectiveness in 2018 with a special award, and in 2020 Andrew’s paper on creating a culture of marketing effectiveness won Gold alongside special prizes for new learning and best use of data.

Andrew Geoghegan

Ruchira Jaitly

Chief Marketing Officer, HMD
Ruchira leads Marketing, Product Portfolio Planning, and Go-To-Market strategy for India and APAC at HMD global. A B2C business and marketing professional for the past 22 years, she has worked across stints in sales, marketing, and before that led a B2C startup, launching a portfolio of F&B solutions to combat the challenge of malnutrition in India at Royal DSM.

Ruchira Jaitly

Sophie Kerbegian

Joint Head of Planning, VCCP
Sophie started at TMW, working on Flora and Sainsbury’s. She then joined VCCP where she worked on the supermarket account Asda. Since then, Sophie has gone on to work on Nationwide and TfL. More recently, Sophie has been working on Cadbury’s, where she is currently the Planning Director across the global account.

Sophie Kerbegian

Grace Kite

Founder, Magic Numbers
Grace is a business economist who’s analysed effectiveness in all advertising buying categories. She’s supported twelve IPA Effectiveness award winners and was technical judge for the 2020 awards. She writes regularly for marketing week and WARC. Grace’s people skills enable her to tell stories that drive change and bring real progress towards clients’ business targets and their career goals.

Grace Kite

Vikas Mehta

CEO, Ogilvy Africa
Vikas has lived in four and worked in over sixty countries. A strategist by training, case studies authored by him have won over a hundred local, regional and global effectiveness awards. Winner of several Agency Of The Year titles, he was previously with MullenLowe Group in various country / regional leadership roles across marketing disciplines – creative, media, digital, business-transformation, content, data and tech.

Vikas Mehta

Sasan Saeidi

Global Client Leader- Nestlé, Wunderman Thompson
Sasan has worked in advertising for more than 19 years across many brands and regions of the world. In addition to his CEO role for the Gulf Region, Sasan also holds the title of Global Partner Nestle-KitKat. He also plays an active part in the advertising and marketing industry both regionally and globally.

Sasan Saeidi

Michael Sinclair

Director, Creative and Communications Strategy, Optus
Michael leads Australian telco Optus’ brand, media and network-marketing teams, with whom he has achieved significant transformation. Before joining Optus, he spent more than a decade working as an account planner with creative agencies Wieden + Kennedy, Colenso BBDO, Droga5 and M&C Saatchi.

Michael Sinclair

Tom Sussman

Head of Planning, Leo Burnett
Tom Sussman is Head of Planning at Leo Burnett and strategic lead across the McDonald’s account. Previously, Tom was one of adam&eveDDB’s longest serving and most awarded Planning Partners. There, he led strategy across many of the agency’s most high-profile clients - John Lewis, The AA, Volkswagen and John Smith’s – and won awards spanning IPA, APG, Cannes, and Effies.

Tom Sussman

Dominique Touchaud

Consultant, SHOKUNIN
Dominique is a champion of Strategic Marketing excellence who has honed his skills with P&G and Swatch in Asia, Europe and Latin America where he led significant branding programmes. He now runs his own consultancy, SHOKUNIN, to offer marketing as a service. He likes to bridge marketing fundamentals with Martech and Adtech solutions to help brands grow and acquire customers.

Dominique Touchaud

David Vawter

Executive Vice President, Chief Creative Officer, Doe-Anderson, Inc
David is one of a handful of copywriters whose work resides in the permanent U.S. Congressional Record. He is a multiple-Effie winner who has set performance benchmarks in categories ranging from automotive to bourbon to computer hardware. David’s award shelf also includes a share of a One Show pencil, the ARF’s Ogilvy Award and the WARC Prize for Social Strategy.

David Vawter

Pieter-Paul von Weiler

Chief Strategy Officer, GrowthOps
Dutch born, London trained, Melbourne based. After working at Publicis Amsterdam, Publicis London and SaatchiX London, Pieter-Paul is now CSO at AJF in Melbourne. He has won numerous Effie awards (including two Grand Effies) and one IPA Effectiveness award. Overseeing one of Australia's largest strategy teams he helps brands work harder.

Pieter-Paul von Weiler

Dena Walker

Global Head of Strategy (Ford), BBDO
Dena Walker is currently the Ford Global Strategy Lead at BBDO New York. During her career Dena has been a constant champion of the power of creativity to deliver marketing effectiveness. Her strategic vision and rigor have helped clients and agencies alike, in the UK, Ireland, Singapore, the US and beyond, to leverage both in order to achieve sustained growth.

Dena Walker

Benoit Wiesser

Chief Stratey Officer, Asia, Ogilvy
Benoit leads more than 450 strategists across the world’s fastest-growing, most diverse and most innovative region. He is a consistent champion and advisor on effectiveness, winner and regular judge at regional and global effectiveness competitions – including Effies, WARC and IPA – and is a two-time winner of Campaign Magazine’s Asia-Pacific Planner of the Year, 2014 and 2018.

Benoit Wiesser

Christine Wise

Chief Strategy Officer, DNA
Christine leads an integrated team across brand, connections and data strategy disciplines. She has worked on a range of brands, earning both Effies and creative awards along the way. At DNA, Christine developed a proprietary brand connection measurement tool called LoveMap™ created in partnership with Mark Forehand, Marketing Chair of University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.

Christine Wise

Dan Wright

Executive Creative Director, Colenso BBDO
Dan has been with the BBDO network in Auckland and New York for nine years. He has spent over twenty years working at the intersection of digital and brand, where he’s delivered work, innovation and growth for some of the world's best agencies. Dan has received over a hundred international awards at shows from Cannes Lions and D&AD, to the Webbys.

Dan Wright