Worldwide Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy & Mather
Tham Khai Meng to lead LIA 2013 TV/Cinema/Online Jury

18 February 2013

Press Release


Tham Khai Meng, Worldwide Chief Creative Officer, Ogilvy & Mather will head up the LIA 2013 TV/Cinema/Online Film Jury in Las Vegas this year.

Khai has explored every corner of the ad business in a 27-year career that has seen him building brands and agencies on four continents. Advertising Age considers him "one of the world's most influential people in the communications business." Khai is Chairman of Ogilvy's Worldwide Creative Council. He is also a member of their Board and Executive Committee.

In 2000, Khai joined Ogilvy & Mather as Regional Creative Director and Co-Chairman of it's Asia Pacific network. While there, he was named Campaign Brief Asia's "Creative Director of the Year" for seven straight years, an unprecedented honour that led to his 2008 induction into the Campaign Brief Hall of Fame. He has had the good fortune of working with some of the world's greatest brands including American Express, Cadbury's, China Mobile, Coca-Cola, H. J. Heinz, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft Foods, Mercedes-Benz, McDonald's, The Economist, Toyota, Unilever, and others.

Khai has won countless Awards and Grand Prix over the years from every major award show including Cannes, LIA, and Clio. He's also chaired jury panels for all of them.  In 2012, Khai led Ogilvy & Mather to victory at the Cannes Lions, bagging a Grand Prix, 83 Lions, and the coveted Network of the Year award for the first time in the agency's history.

“It's great to have Khai return as Jury President presiding over the TV/Cinema/Online Film Jury. Selecting him to chair was an easy decision for us. Khai is thorough, driven and passionate. With Khai in the judging room nothing will be overlooked and only the cream will rise to the top,” stated Barbara Levy, President of LIA.

“It's a great honour to be chairing this year's LIA TV/Cinema/Online Film Jury. LIA is one of the world's preeminent award shows. So to win here is to win big.  For this Jury, we will be looking for work that not only go for the jugular, but also go for the heart. They will need to have flawless execution, emotional punch, undiminished re-watchability and has to be fresh. Above all else great storytelling. For us in the communications business, storytelling is the Holy Grail. I'm really looking forward to the experience,” Khai enthused.

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28th Annual London International Awards Judging 4th - 12th October 2013, Las Vegas

LIA has established itself as a revolutionary global competition, celebrating creativity, the power of ideas and new technology in all forms of Advertising, Digital and Design. Defining its 28-year history, Barbara Levy, Founder and President of LIA, continues her innovative leadership, meeting the demands of our ever-changing industry. Launched in 1986 with a mission to be different, LIA was the first truly international award, accepting entries in Television, Print and Radio media from around the world. LIA now accepts entries into thirteen unique media types.

LIA Educational Initiative: In 2012, LIA launched the Junior 'Creative Conversations' programme targeted to Young Creatives from around the globe. As a way to give back to the industry, LIA coordinated a week of seminars, conversations, lunches and dinners that were educational and stimulated discussions around the future of Advertising. The entire initiative, including travel, meals and hotel expenses, was fully funded by LIA.

The 2012 'Creative Conversations' speakers included: Ted Royer, Susan Credle, Israel Diaz, Sonal Dabral, Tony Calcao, Jeremy Craigen, Faris Yakob, Neil French, Doerte Spengler-Ahrens, Bob Garfield, Jonathon Ker, Ralph van Dijk, Scott Elias and Phil Growick.

In 2013, 'Creative Conversations' will once again take place at Wynn/Encore, Las Vegas during the week of the LIA Judging Sessions. Seventy carefully selected Junior Creatives from around the globe will attend this intimate, invitation-only event.

LIA will open their Entry System at the end of April with a final deadline at the end of July.

For further information please visit www.liaawards.com or contact:

Rebecca Morgan – Head of PR and Press

London International Awards

179 Wardour Street, 3rd Floor, London W1F 8WY, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 8426 1670; E-mail: beccy@liaawards.com