Kate Howe, president of Draftfcb Europe, has announced today the appointment of Luis Silva Dias, president of Draftfcb Lisbon, as European Chief Creative Officer, effective immediately.
“Luis is a highly awarded and respected creative leader who has made significant contributions to our creative output, one who also has the business acumen to fill a dual role as the president of our Lisbon agency,” said Howe. “I am thrilled that he is joining the regional team and I’m confident that his leadership and passion will inspire new ideas and best-in-class creative throughout the region.”
Silva Dias is joining a recently formed European team lead by Kate Howe and composed of Simon White, chief planning officer, Nilesh Chanchani, chief financial officer, Laura Field, HR director, Andrew Phillips, business development director, and Stephen Martincic, corporate communications.
Prior to his current position as president of Draftfcb Portugal, Luis Silva Dias was head of design at Edson Communicaçao from 2000, which then became Edson FCB (and subsequently Foote, Cone & Belding in 2002). In 2005 he was appointed CEO of FCB Lisbon. Before Edson, he worked at media group Lusomondo and ran his own design shop.
Highly regarded both within the Draftfcb network and the industry as a whole, Silva Dias has received several Gold, Silver and Bronze Cannes Lions, as well as numerous Grand Prix, Gold, Silver and Bronze at D&AD, One Show, El Ojo, Cresta, Eurobest, ADC’E, NY Festival and Epica.
“As chair of Draftfcb’s European Creative Council for the last 2 years, I’ve had the chance to work closely with our talented creative leads in the region,” said Silva Dias. “I’m looking forward to continuing to do so and working closely with the regional team to help grow our business and raise the bar of our creative product.”
Silva Dias will remain based in Lisbon.