Donald Gunn and Michael Conrad to Moderate NYF Executive Jury for 2012 International Advertising Awards

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Donald Gunn, Founder of the renowned Gunn Report, will reprise his role as Moderator of the 2012 New York Festivals International Advertising Awards Executive Jury and will be joined by Michael Conrad, President of the Berlin School of Leadership. Mr. Gunn and Mr. Conrad, both experienced moderators, will guide the proceedings, which promises to be the world's largest gathering of worldwide chief creative officers ever to judge an advertising competition.

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Michael Conrad and Donald Gunn, 2012 NYFA Executive Jury Moderators

Donald and Michael are respected throughout the industry; they are the perfect choice to moderate the 2012 Executive Jury. Their experience and reputations project integrity, fairness, and a thorough understanding of the advertising industry.

New York Festivals® International Advertising Awards announced today that Donald Gunn, Founder of the renowned Gunn Report, will reprise his role as Moderator of the 2012 New York Festivals International Advertising Awards Executive Jury and will be joined by Michael Conrad, President of the Berlin School of Creative Leadership. Unlike other competitions, the NYFA Executive Jury does not elect a chairman or president — all members are of equal status. Mr. Gunn and Mr. Conrad, both experienced moderators, will guide the proceedings, which promises to be the world's largest gathering of worldwide chief creative officers ever to judge an advertising competition.

“There are three great reasons to participate,” said Mr. Conrad, “A brilliant Jury – Getting the best possible leadership perspective on the state of the ad business for the Berlin School of Creative Leadership; NYF CEO Jim Smyth – He’s building a relevant and inspiring award-show for today’s ad-industry; and being able to join Donald Gunn as Executive Jury Moderator.”

Donald Gunn began working at Leo Burnett fresh from Cambridge University, beginning his career as an account executive and then six years later as a copywriter. He served as Burnett’s Managing Director in the Netherlands and Switzerland and Creative Director in South Africa and France. In 1984, Mr. Gunn was appointed Leo Burnett's Director of Creative Resources Worldwide, based in Chicago. He created several Burnett institutions which are the envy of the industry – including the World TV Update and Worldbeater Reels, and Global Product Committee – as well as spearheading the worldwide study on creativity and effectiveness, “Do Award Winning Commercials Sell?” After retirement from Burnett, Donald launched The Gunn Report & Showreel of the Year, “the official” measure of competitive excellence for the advertising industry.

Michael Conrad brought German engineering to global quality management in advertising, helping Leo Burnett Worldwide Inc. become "Global Agency Network" of the Year in 2000 (AdAge) and "Most Awarded Agency Network" in 2001 (Gunn Report). Under his creative leadership 27 Leo Burnett agencies were named "Agency of the Year" in their countries, some of them more than once. Mr. Conrad spent 34 years in advertising before his retirement in 2003. Upon retiring, ADC Germany's Sebastian Turner approached Michael to help develop ADC's education initiatives; the idea was born to establish The Berlin School of Creative Leadership.

“Donald and Michael are respected throughout the industry; they are the perfect choice to moderate the 2012 Executive Jury. Their experience and reputations project integrity, fairness, and a thorough understanding of the advertising industry. We are honored to have them guide the jury on its path to select the World’s Best Advertising™,” said Michael O’Rourke, President, New York Festivals.

The Executive Jury sessions launch the New York Show, a two-day series of events beginning on May 2nd and featuring creative panel discussions, keynote speakers, networking events, the 2012 Executive Jury Press Conference, exhibits, and the May 3rd International Advertising Awards ceremony. All New York Show events and the 2012 awards gala will take place at the New York Public Library’s Beaux-Arts landmark building located at 455 Fifth Avenue at 40th Street in New York City.

The NYF International Advertising Awards early Discount Deadline is December 16th, and the Final Deadline is January 27th, 2012. For more information or to enter, go to: http://www.newyorkfestivals.com/main.php?p=2,10

Press inquiries are welcome and should be directed to Gayle Mandel: gmandel(at)newyorkfestivals(dot)com. Ph: 1 212 643 4800

International Awards Group organizes advertising and programming competitions for the following brands: AME Awards for Advertising Marketing Effectiveness; Midas Awards for Financial Services Communications; The Global Awards for Healthcare Communications; NYF Advertising Awards; NYF Television & Film Awards; and NYF Radio Programs & Promotions. Entries to each of the competitions are judged around the world by panels of peers in their respective industries. Founded in 1957, IAG and their brands now have representation covering 75 countries. For more information, go to http://www.newyorkfestivals.com.

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