Cannes Convo: WPP's Read, X's Musk Will Discuss Innovation, AI

WPP has recruited Elon Musk, founder of electric car maker Tesla, rocket company SpaceX and recent acquirer of X (FKA Twitter) to speak at its Cannes Lions seminar (June 18, Lumiere Theater at the Palais des Festivals).  

The session, titled ‘Exploring the New Frontiers of Innovation,’ will feature WPP CEO Mark Read in conversation with Musk. The interview will cover the power of technological innovation, how AI is reshaping creativity, business and society, and the future of X. 



The holding company also has a venue at the Festival—WPP Beach—where it is hosting a variety of panel sessions and other events throughout the week.  

Speakers include: 

  •   F1 driver Lando Norris and McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown 

  •   Fidji Simo, Ceo & Chair, Instacart,  

  •   Manolo Arroyo, Global CMO, The Coca-Cola Company 

  •   Deepak Chopra, MD Author & Founder of The Chopra Foundation 

  •   Meredith Kopit Levien, CEO, The New York Times 

  •   Tim Castree, VP, Global Marketing, Amazon  

  •  Esi Eggleston Bracey, Chief Growth and Marketing Officer, Unilever 

The full lineup can be seen here.  

Separately, WPP Chief Creative Officer Rob Reilly will be taping episodes of his podcast Screaming Creativity at the Spotify studio at Cannes. 


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