World Out of Home Organization names heavyweight 2020 Annual Awards panel

Gill Reid, Board Director Out of Home at MediaCom and Guy Cheston, Partnerships Director of Harrods, are joining a heavyweight panel of Judges for the World Out of Home Organization Awards, to be presented at the Organization’s Annual Congress in Toronto from June 3-5.

The Awards panel, chaired by Katrin Robertson, CEO of blowUP media, also numbers senior board members of the World Out of Home Organization plus former President Matthew Dearden, CEO of Alight Media, and innovation consultant Dino Burbidge of Dinomo, a well-known figure at Congress.

Organization board members are headed by President Tom Goddard and Executive director John Ellery and also include former President Antonio Vincenti, Chairman and CEO of Pikasso Lebanon, Christian Schmalzl, C0-CEO of Ströer SE & Co. KGaA in Germany and Jeremy Male, Chairman & CEO of OUTFRONT Media in the US and Canada.

Chair of the Awards panel Robertson says:

The World Out of Home Association Annual awards have become the blue riband for marking achievement in the Out of Home industry worldwide and we’re especially delighted to include Gill Reid and Guy Cheston on this year’s Awards panel, two people who have supported the growth of the industry with their insight and enthusiasm and, in Guy’s case, a number of truly outstanding  Out of Home campaigns.

Last year’s Creative winners were Mexican beer brand Corona’s ‘Wave of Waste’ World Oceans Day special build campaign in the UK in the Classic category and, jointly, Clear Channel Sweden for its Stockholm Out of Home Project and Exterion Media for the Open University Netherlands’ ‘Platform College’ tour.

The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Randy Otto, the pioneering President of Pattison Outdoor Advertising Inc., Canada’s leading independent Out of Home company and the Leadership Award to Tim Bleakley, CEO of the UK’s Ocean Outdoor. Ocean Outdoor successfully re-listed on the London Stock Exchange and made a number of important acquisitions in Europe.

Ocean also won the Technical Award, chosen by Congress delegates, for its ‘Sky Rescue: the Ocean’s biggest threat’ campaign with the broadcaster which urged people passing by its digital screens to identify the most menacing danger lurking in the oceans.

The Rising Star Award went to Victoria Hirst, Senior International Marketing Manager of blowUP media UK, for her work in helping to position the giant poster company effectively in a rapidly changing marketplace.

Nominations for the Awards close on March 31st.

The World Out of Home Organization is the only global Out of Home Association, working to promote and improve the OOH industry on behalf of its members. Board members include the major International companies  – JCDecaux and Clear Channel – as well as Ströer, Pikasso, and more recently blowUP media, OUTFRONT Media from the US, oOh!Media from Australia and Selvel One from India.

Membership is open to all companies who operate in the OOH sector and, as a non-profit Organization, funds are reinvested in industry issues such as research and the annual international congress. WOO is a member of EASA and ESOMAR in Europe, as well as a founding member of ICAS, and actively works to help the membership with legislation issues within their own countries as well. It also aims to lobby for Out of Home advertising with authorities, international organizations, opinion formers and other elements of the communication media.

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