Ben Priest, founding partner and executive creative director at Adam & Eve/DDB, quietly surprised the industry this year with his agency's accomplishments on the awards circuit. The shop's holiday campaign for Harvey Nichols, "Sorry I Spent It on Myself," took home four Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, helping it earn the title of Agency of the Year.
Mr. Priest's career spans 25 years at shops such as Ogilvy & Mather, CDP, Lowe Howard-Spink, TBWA and Rainey Kelly. In 2008, he teamed in 2008 with James Murphy, David Golding and Jon Forsyth to open Adam & Eve, which sold to Omnicom in 2012 and became Adam & Eve/DDB.
Despite his creative success with clients ranging from Harvey Nichols to John Lewis, to Save the Children and Wrangler, Mr. Priest is not one to boast. "I've made the best of a modest talent," he insisted. "I was lucky I started doing creative direction; it comes easier to me than writing."
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