Dentsu taps longtime Cannes Lions leader Terry Savage as creative consultant

Josh McDonnell
By Josh McDonnell | 27 February 2019
Terry Savage

Former chairman of the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity Terry Savage has joined holding group Dentsu Aegis Network.

Savage will take on a role as a consultant and will be working closely with Dentsu brand agencies, with the network stating they will tap into his "years of creative experience".

“Through my consultancy Savages Unlimited I will be consulting to Dentsu with a focus around aspects of creativity," Savage told AdNews.

"In my previous role, I was privileged to have a helicopter view of the industry and have always been impressed with the power of Dentsu and its vision of the future."

Last year's Cannes Lions was Savage's final as chairman, officially cutting ties with the festival.

An "impassioned" member of the creative industry, Savage last year spoke at The Comms Council Think: Short event in Sydney, urging for the industry to stop declaring it's dead or dying and to instead, regain confidence in creativity.

He joins Denstu at a time of structural change within the business, which recently announced it would look to reassess areas of the business in the APAC and other global regions to mitigate further financial loss.

Before joining Cannes Lions, Savage ran cinema group, Val Morgan. He began his career with Cannes Lions representing the Australian contingent, went on to be named CEO in 2003 and became chairman in 2006.

Dentsu has been approached for comment.

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