AUSTRALIAN NAMED NEW CANNES LIONS CEO

Previous CEO Left After Nine Months

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SYDNEY, Australia (AdAge.com) -- The Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival is hiring Australian
Mr. Savage will replace Franz Prenner who lasted less than a year as Lions CEO.
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cinema advertising executive Terry Savage as its new CEO, starting March 21, according to Mr. Savage.

He replaces Franz Prenner, who took the job in January 2002 and left in September.

Phone attempts to contact festival officials in London were unsuccessful at press time.

Sydney agency
Mr. Savage was executive chairman of the Sydney-based Val Morgan cinema advertising group, where he spent more than 30 years. Val Morgan has been the Australian representative for the Cannes festival for more than 15 years.

Mr. Savage, who is moving to London from Sydney, said his new job is "about as an exciting role as you can get." He praised the diversification of the festival, which added direct marketing awards last year, into areas outside media advertising.

'Convergence issues'
"The blueprint is working extremely well," he said. "Fundamentally the Cannes Festival is understanding and tapping into the extraordinary convergence issues relating to all media and marketing communication."

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