The Cannes Lions organization would like us all to know they are super excited to announce the invitation of outgoing Publicis CEO Maurice Levy to become its first Honorary Chairman of the Cannes
Lions School, the name Cannes has given to its onsite learning and development program.
Cannes has had training programs in place since 1995 beginning with a one-time Young Lions Competition. The now greatly expanded program runs during the Cannes Lions each year in June. In his role, Levy will aid the program's focus on talent and help develop its existing program along with helping to explore new opportunities.
On his appointment Levy said, “I am honored that the Festival asked me to take on the role of Honorary Chairman of the Cannes Lions School, an initiative that I believe is essential for supporting and promoting future generations of creative minds. We are in a people industry and must remain true to this by helping young talents to bloom, flourish and grow. At Publicis Groupe, we value the people behind the work we create above all else; our talents are our strongest assets. I am more excited than ever to see what the future generations of talented individuals will bring to the Festival and to the industry as a whole, and the Cannes Lions School is a great gateway to achieving a more creative future.”
Cannes Lion Head of Talent & Training Steve Latham added, “Mr. Levy will help raise the profile of our professional training at the Festival. Creativity is at the heart of all our training, whether that’s for students at the beginning of their career, the rising stars and next generation of industry leaders, or experienced senior marketers. We’re committed to inspiring our students and proving creativity can be a force for business, for change and for good. Working with an industry legend to help us ensure our training remains relevant is so exciting, I can’t wait to get started.”
As well as helping formulate new program offerings, Levy will also give a talk to the Young Lions onsite during Cannes Lions and will encourage these Young Lions to take home and share their learnings and urge them to become internal champions of creativity at their agencies. Levy will also offer his counsel on how the Festival can keep providing meaningful training going forward.