Tham Khai Meng, Worldwide Chief Creative Officer, Ogilvy & Mather will head up the LIA 2013 TV/Cinema/Online Film Jury in Las Vegas this year.
Khai has explored every corner of the ad business in a 27-year career that has seen him building brands and agencies on four continents. Advertising Age considers him "one of the world's most influential people in the communications business." Khai is Chairman of Ogilvy's Worldwide Creative Council. He is also a member of their Board and Executive Committee.
In 2000, Khai joined Ogilvy & Mather as Regional Creative Director and Co-Chairman of it's Asia Pacific network. While there, he was named Campaign Brief Asia's "Creative Director of the Year" for seven straight years, an unprecedented honour that led to his 2008 induction into the Campaign Brief Hall of Fame. He has had the good fortune of working with some of the world's greatest brands including American Express, Cadbury's, China Mobile, Coca-Cola, H. J. Heinz, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft Foods, Mercedes-Benz, McDonald's, The Economist, Toyota, Unilever, and others.
Khai has won countless Awards and Grand Prix over the years from every major award show including Cannes, LIA, and Clio. He's also chaired jury panels for all of them. In 2012, Khai led Ogilvy & Mather to victory at the Cannes Lions, bagging a Grand Prix, 83 Lions, and the coveted Network of the Year award for the first time in the agency's history.
“It's great to have Khai return as Jury President presiding over the TV/Cinema/Online Film Jury. Selecting him to chair was an easy decision for us. Khai is thorough, driven and passionate. With Khai in the judging room nothing will be overlooked and only the cream will rise to the top,” stated Barbara Levy, President of LIA.
“It's a great honour to be chairing this year's LIA TV/Cinema/Online Film Jury. LIA is one of the world's preeminent award shows. So to win here is to win big. For this Jury, we will be looking for work that not only go for the jugular, but also go for the heart. They will need to have flawless execution, emotional punch, undiminished re-watchability and has to be fresh. Above all else great storytelling. For us in the communications business, storytelling is the Holy Grail. I'm really looking forward to the experience,” Khai enthused.