Next Big Thing

Best of Cannes 2019

Monday, July 22, 2019
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
New York

Wendy Clark
Global CEO
DDB Worldwide

Wendy Clark was named CEO for DDB Worldwide in January 2018, leading over 200 offices and 10,000 employees globally, after two years leading a turnaround as CEO of DDB North America. In her first two years at the agency, Wendy launched DDB Flex, the bespoke, cross-agency model customized for DDB/NA’s clients’ businesses. She also helped land over 32 new business wins, including the U.S. McDonald’s business, the biggest win of the last decade for DDB/NA; Symantec; Miller Lite; and the consolidation of the State Farm business with Omnicom, led by DDB Chicago. In addition, Wendy significantly grew the agency’s core leadership team with the appointment of several important new hires, such as CCO Ari Weiss, CSO Eric Zuncic, and Chief People Officer Britt Hayes.

Prior to DDB, Clark was President, Sparkling Brands & Strategic Marketing for Coca-Cola North America, leading their Strategic Marketing organization including Brand Strategy and Innovation; Media Connections, Investments and Assets; and Content and Design. Before joining The Coca-Coca Company, Clark was Senior Vice President, Advertising for AT&T.
Called “one of the most important women in advertising” by Advertising Age, Clark has earned numerous recognitions over the course of her career including the Matrix Award from New York Women in Communications, She Runs It’s Advertising Woman of the Year, and was named the Brand Refresher on Fast Company’s top ten list of innovative Business Disruptors. Clark’s efforts were formally recognized in 2007 upon her induction into the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement. Most recently, Advertising Age named Clark their Executive of the Year for 2017.
Clark is an advisory board member for the Peabody Awards and and a board director for the Ad Council and American Advertising Federation. She also sits on the board for David Yurman.


Michael Kassan
Chairman & CEO

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Michael E. Kassan is an internationally recognized business strategist operating at the intersection of the media, advertising, entertainment and technology industries. He is the founder of MediaLink, a leading advisory and business development firm with principal offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. The team of 140+ provide critical counsel in the areas of strategic marketing and brand development, implementation roadmaps, technology solutions for media, media sales and revenue generation, business development, organizational planning and competitive analysis to many of the Fortune 100’s biggest global brands.

Previously, Kassan was the President/COO and Vice-Chairman of Initiative Media Worldwide, where he helped grow media billings from $1.5 billion to over $10 billion. Prior to Initiative, he was President and COO of International Video Entertainment (Artisan Entertainment). In 1997, he was named one of the top media executives in America by Advertising Age Magazine.

Kassan is often called upon as a speaker, moderator and commentator to share his insights on the media and advertising industries and the places in which tangible opportunities exist for marketers. He is a regular keynote speaker at the world’s major media conferences, including Consumer Electronics Show, Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Mobile World Congress, Advertising Week, Media360, among others.

Kassan has served on the Board of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society, The Paley Center for Media, Ad Council, She Runs It (formerly AWNY), American Advertising Federation, National Board of The Whitney Museum of American Art, iDiverse, the Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy and the Cultural Affairs Commission – City of Los Angeles and has been Chairman of the State Senate Select Committee on the Entertainment Industry. In addition, he is a strong supporter of community and not-for-profit programs, and currently serves as Chair of the UJA-New York Marketing Communications Committee.


Terence Kawaja
Founder and CEO
LUMA Partners

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Terence “Terry” Kawaja, is Founder and CEO of LUMA Partners, a strategic advisory firm focused at the intersection of media, marketing and technology where he guides established firms and digital growth companies. He is a seasoned investment banker with more than 20 years’ experience and has advised on more than $300 billion in transactions. He is a recognized expert in the Internet and digital media sectors and is an outspoken Digital Evangelist.  Hailed as the “Jon Stewart of Investment Bankers,” Terry has a reputation for prescient insights and radical candor and leverages this objective credibility for the benefit of clients.


Jonathan Miller
Integrated Media Company

Jonathan Miller is CEO of Integrated Media Company, a digital media company that invests in growth stage companies at the nexus of media and technology. IMC is affiliated with TPG Capital, a premier private equity firm.

Jonathan is an advisor to Advancit Capital with Shari Redstone, Vice Chair of CBS and Viacom. Advancit Capital focuses on early stage venture capital investments. Previously, Jon was Chairman and CEO of the Digital Media Group at NEWS CORP and FOX, Chairman and CEO of AOL, INC., President and CEO of USA Networks Interactive (now IAC) and also held senior positions at MTV Networks and the NBA.

Jon is on the Boards of Akamai Technologies, Inc., AMC Networks Inc., Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc., and J2 Global, Inc. In addition, he serves as a non-profit Director/Trustee for the American Film Institute and Paley Center for Media. Jon has been awarded the Inaugural Pioneer Prize, Producers Guild of America, the Inaugural Vanguard Award, International Emmy Association, the Digital Power Player of the Year, Hollywood Reporter, and the Monaco Media Festival, Interactive Pioneer Award.



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