David Jones is at the forefront of the next generation in advertising. The youngest global CEO in the history of the ad industry in 2005 and now the youngest global CEO of a major holding company, David has made a name for himself as a driving force for change, both within his own agency and in the broader industry and world. In his role at Havas, he is responsible for all creative, marketing, media, and design companies throughout the network of more than 16,000 people. He also continues in his role of global CEO of Euro RSCG Worldwide, the world’s largest agency by global brands.
David has also taken to the global stage as co-founder of One Young World, a nonprofit organization that gives a voice to leaders age 25 and younger from around the globe. In advance of the United Nations’ climate summit in Copenhagen in 2009, Kofi Annan selected David and his team to create and lead TckTckTck–Time for Climate Justice, an open-source campaign that recruited more than 17 million “climate allies” to the cause. David worked closely with David Cameron and the U.K. Conservative Party from 2007 up to and including Cameron’s election as prime minister in 2010.
David was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s “Hall of Achievement” in 2005 and was named to the “40 Under 40″ lists of both Crain’s New York Business and Advertising Age. He was voted one of the two top executives of the decade by readers of Adweek.
Kate Robertson at the closing ceremony of the 2010 One Young World Summit
Kate Robertson has been Chairman of the Euro RSCG Group since 2006 and has been in the advertising industry for 26 years. During those years she worked mainly in global and pan-European roles and has become convinced of the importance of the roles of global institutions and global businesses in the certainty that what unites people is greater than geographical distance and national distinctions.
Having grown up in apartheid South Africa, Kate’s world view is defined by having witnessed the creation of its new way of life and the vital importance, within that, of the rule of law. Awed by the leadership of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Kate believes that the shared humanity of people makes every good thing possible. One Young World is her idea. Inspired by Kate’s love for the Olympic movement and its values, One Young World should, in Kate’s vision, give young people a chance to meet their counterparts from every country in the world and resolve to make the world a better place in the knowledge that it is one world with one human race. The moments at the Athens Olympics Opening Ceremony when the loudest cheers were for the teams from Afghanistan and Iraq, Kate describes as the human family saying, “We are sorry for your trouble.” Still unable to recount that moment without tears, Kate says: “If that feeling were replicated, if that sense became common sense, young people really will have a better future, the best possible future. And I am determined in the hope that the industry I work in and love, inspired by Euro RSCG’s Global CEO David Jones, can turn its efforts to this dream.”