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2012 Grand Jury

The Midas Awards® Grand Jury includes client and agency leaders from the creative and marketing disciplines, as well as internationally recognized experts in financial policy and communications. These judges offer their perspectives not only on how well a message is delivered, but how it is received. Gold and Silver Midas ingots are presented to the highest-scoring entries in each category. Grand Midas awards are selected by the competition's Board of Judges and Advisors as the "Best of Show". 

Frank von Grafenstein

  • Art Director
  • Munich, Germany

Born in 1975 in Johannesburg, South Africa, grown up in Southern Germany, Frank studied Graphic Design at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart. After his graduation in 2003 he started working as a Freelance Graphic Designer in Munich focussing on corporate design as well as editorial design and all kind of corporate and cultural publishing projects. Mainly he works in collaboration with the design studio ROSE PISTOLA but also in many other constellations. Together with Burda Creative Group (further known as Burda Yukom Publishing, the well-known Corporate Publisher) he developped and designed award winning executive and client magazines as FIVE for SAP and enkelfähig for the Haniel Holding. He was Art Director of PLOT - an international magazine for scenography based in Stuttgart. He lives in Munich.


  • Creative Director
  • Bloomberg
  • USA

David Lennon is a Creative Director for Bloomberg, based in Manhattan, producing TV commercials and multimedia sponsorships for a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies. David joined Bloomberg’s London creative team in 2000, pioneering the concept of pitching and producing TV commercials for smaller European clients who hadn’t advertised on television before. This role later expanded into producing integrated campaign solutions for external clients across all of Bloomberg Media.

In 2007, David moved to Bloomberg’s New York headquarters to head up a new creative team and help increase revenue growth for Ad Sales. Current clients include GE Capital, PepsiCo, Delta Air Lines, Chase, Siemens, Porsche as well as many of the world’s leading financial companies.

Prior to joining Bloomberg, David worked for four years at McCann-Erickson Manchester as a copywriter. David is a supporter of Everton Football Club.

Sandra MartÍnez

  • Creative Director
  • Tribal Colombia
  • Colombia

Sandra has been part of Tribal Colombia since 2004. She started her career as a copy writer and also worked as a digital planner for a while. She then returned to the creative department again as a leader of some of the biggest clients in the company to then assume the role of Senior Creative Director in 2010. Sandra currently oversees creative for brands such as Bancolombia, Bavaria, Bridgestone, Kelloggs, McDonald´s, Clorox, and State Farm to name a few.

With 8 year of experience in the digital world, she has been part of important regional and local projects for clients such as Nokia, Red Bull, Energizer,Volkswagen and the Discovery Channel.

Sandra´s creative talent has been recognized by the industry with awards from EFFIE, Advertising Age, Midas, Addy and Young Lions (Cannes).


  • Creative Director
  • Bloomberg
  • UK

Jim Piercy is a Creative Director for Bloomberg covering EMEA and Asia Pac, based in London, producing TV commercials and multimedia sponsorships for a wide variety of clients, primarily within the financial services industry. Jim joined Bloomberg’s London creative team in 2000, initially to work on Bloomberg content then gradually moving exclusively into client creative.

Current clients include Saxo Bank, HSBC, Commerzbank, VTB Capital, and Russian Railways as well as many of the world’s leading financial companies.

Jim can often be found riding his bike up mountains for fun.

Rima Kazimi

  • Acting Design Director
  • TAGbrands
  • Lebanon

Rima Kazimi, who has always held a passion for modern art, obtained her Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design from the American University of Beirut in 2003. Soon after graduation, she kicked off a career heavily focused in branding. Her emphasis in FMCG design services lead her to handle major accounts in the industry, the most noteworthy of which being Bank Audi. The bank received a Midas award in 2011 for their Loubnani MasterCard product, which Kazimi designed herself. She is currently an Acting Design Director at TAGbrands Lebanon, a regional branding consultancy based in Beirut, where she has worked for more than six years. Young in both body and spirit, Kazimi views the world through a unique, aesthetically-focused lens.

Marc Guttesman

  • Creative director
  • Nitrogen
  • USA

Creative director. Copywriter. Mensch. For the past 25 years, Marc has been involved in creating memorable, thought-provoking advertising and communications for virtually every industry. He is an award-winning creative director who has received accolades for his work on the Milk Mustache campaign, Duncan Hines, Levitra, Verizon Wireless, and infamous “Marc & Tom” self promotion viral video which garnered a Lion at the Cannes Advertising Festival.

Marc began his career in South Florida working for a number of different agencies and design firms before refining his craft in New York at shops like Ogilvy & Mather, DDB, McCann-Erickson, Grey, Bozell and more. Fluent in both copy and art, Marc brings a unique vision to every job he works on. He relishes the opportunity to uncover the true voice of the brand and loves surprising clients with unexpected and strategic solutions.

Jo Nussbaumer

  • Chief Creative Officer
  • RahoferNussbaumer
  • Austria

Jo Nussbaumer, 44, started his advertising career in 1992 as a copywriter for JWT Vienna, he was the creative director of FCB Vienna from 2000 to 2003 and is CCO in his own advertising agency RahoferNussbaumer since 2004. His annual reports for PALFINGER have been awarded by the most prestigeous international competitions such as Cannes Lions, Midas Awards, New York Festival, Clio Awards, D&AD London, London International Awards, Golden Drum, Golden Award of Montreux, ADC Germany and red dot design award.

Brad Reilly

  • Chief Creative Officer
  • The Jupiter Drawing Room
  • South Africa

Brad began in 1998 at Net#workBBDO as a little writer with big ambitions. In his 11 years there he worked his way up to Creative Director. And then the circus rolled into town in the form of the FIFA World Cup 2010 and he was asked to head up Coca-Cola SA’s communication for the 18 month period. It was intense. And wonderful. All good things however, must come to an end and Seb and his merry men departed. Brad was then approached by the reputable The Jupiter Drawing Room Johannesburg to assume the role of Chief Creative Officer. That was more than 2 years ago and, at time of writing, he has yet to be fired or receive a written warning.

He has worked on brands across all sectors, some of them include Coca-Cola, Pepsi, General Motors, SABC, MTN, Cell C, Brand South Africa, Virgin Atlantic. He currently looks after Absa (SA’s biggest bank), Coca-Cola Juices, MTN, Rolling Stone and others you probably don’t know. In his career he was also won awards. Some of interest are: 2 Cannes Grand Prix, Golds at Cannes, Clio and D&AD, 5 Loerie Grand Prix (local show)…those are pretty much the highlights.

Will Payovich

  • Creative Director
  • Havas Worldwide
  • Chicago

Will is currently the Creative Director for Sonic–one of the top QSR brands in the U.S. He oversees all point-of-sale, photography, menu, digital, and packaging assignments. Some of this work was featured in Luerzer’s Archive last year.

As a creative director, Will has delivered impressive results for many iconic consumer brands including, Western Union, Citi, Sprint, Sears, and ExxonMobil.

As a senior creative executive at Havas Worldwide Chicago Will frequently serves as advisor, designer, writer, and strategist across the agency’s diverse roster of clients.

In 2011, Will won the international design competition for the cover of Who Cares Wins, the now bestselling book from Global CEO of HAVAS, David Jones.

In April 2012, Will served as a judge for the prestigious Cannes Young Lions Competition.

Will is also a regular contributor to business and trade publications on the topics of creative and marketing strategy. Will also keeps tabs on creative advertising, brand, design and marketing on Twitter (@willpay).

Anna Karena

  • Creative Director
  • Lavender
  • Australia

Anna Karena is one of the industry’s most experienced financial services creative directors. In 1999, she began a more than decade-long relationship with Westpac Marketing and brand, as a copywriter for their long-term agency Lavender. Now Lavender Associate Creative Director, Anna’s career path included 5 years as the agency’s Head of Copy, heading up copy and Tone of Voice for all of the agency’s clients. She has been the recipient of more than 14 local and international creative and effectiveness awards since 2006, 9 of them for her work on Westpac.

Sean Davison

  • SVP Creative Officer
  • MaClaren McCann
  • Canada

Everyday I am able to create, to dream, to learn, to inspire, to craft, to listen to the world - the big scapes, the digital corners - and to use that knowledge, that culture, that technology, to make award winning advertising programs for trusting brands like Coke, MasterCard, Xbox, Chevrolet, Durex, Kellogg’s, Buick and Molson Brewery. To inspire and lead my teams to create these “moments of influence” in this transmedia wild west is incredibly exciting. Be it traveling or lecturing, painting or cooking, boardrooms or alleyways - ideas are everywhere. It’s so much fun to find them, sell them, make them and watch how powerful they can become.

Venkat Patla

  • Associate Creative Director
  • Leo Burnett Business
  • USA

In 18 years as a writer, Venkat has covered just about every type of advertising challenge for brands including Avis, Mack Trucks, DeWalt Tools and more.

Venkat focuses on bringing wit, charm and interest to business brands. Critically, he appreciates the importance of creating specific messages for different professional audiences. And he brings the intellectual commitment required to do so – whether it's bringing Options to life, or launching a cure for Crohn’s disease.

Prior Leo Burnett, Venkat worked at agencies in India and the U.S. including Mudra, India and Cline Davis Mann.

Ryan Willis

  • Creative Director / Founder / Co-owner
  • Taxi Studio
  • UK

I'm the Creative Director, founder and co-owner of Taxi Studio. This role has seen me wear many hats (creative, face of business, admin, strategist, teacher, student, traveller…) this has been challenging, infuriating, worrying, amusing but above all fun. I trained at Somerset College of Arts and Technology (a design course famous in the UK for producing creative thinkers, many of which adorn the top spots in the top agencies).

I joined an agency called Thirteen as a designer where I worked for five years cutting my teeth with clients such as Orange and the BBC. Left to work on my own for two years to allow more freedom and nurtured clients such as Clarks Shoes and Somerfield before going on to set up Taxi Studio.

Founded in 2002, Taxi Studio has amassed over 130 international design awards, including the New York Festivals Grand Award for design as well as receiving honours from the Design Week Awards, London International Awards, Type Directors Club of New York, Communication Arts, One Show, Art Director's Club, Mobius, Clio and of course, D&AD (including, having the honour of judging the 2008 D&AD awards). Taxi Studio presently work with Coca-Cola and have done for the last six years across most of their drinks platforms. We also work with Kraft (Zurich and UK offices) across some of their core brands along with a host of other clients such as Clarks Shoes, Beverage Partners Worldwide (Zurich), Carlsberg (Copenhagen), Famous Grouse, Paradigm (subsidiary of EADS) to name but a few.

Bo Li

  • Dept of Public Information
  • United Nations
  • USA

Born in Anhui, China, grown up in Beijing, Bo studied International Relations and later obtained a master degree in Media and Communications at the London School of Economics. Before joining the United Nations, she has the experience in radio and television production, website design, freelance writing and photography.

Bo was actively involved in conceptualizing and formulating communication strategies for major social media accounts for the United Nations at their early stage. She also collaborated with other UN agencies to promote important campaigns, events and report launch on various themes. Bo is currently working on the Africa Renewal information programme, which provides up-to-date information and analysis of the major economic and development challenges facing Africa today.

Marc Hartzman

  • Creative Director
  • kbs+
  • USA

Marc Hartzman is a Creative Director at kbs+ on the BMW and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars accounts. During his five years at the agency, he has launched numerous vehicles and led multiple award-winning marketing efforts in the digital space. He’s also had the opportunity to drive some very nice cars at high speeds. Prior to kbs+, Marc worked at FCB and Pedone & Partners. When not working on advertising projects, he keeps busy with other writings, including four published books.

Ned Selover

  • Senior Creative
  • Gardner, Nelson + Partners
  • USA

Ned Selover has experience in just about every category of advertising, from cars to packaged goods to technology to financial services.

In 2008, he developed a passion for travel, while shuttling back and forth from the San Francisco and Los Angeles offices of Ogilvy & Mather. That’s where he helped bring the Yahoo! and Cisco brands into the digital world. More recently, he spent three years in Paris, France, working, traveling and not speaking French at Young & Rubicam, Paris.

His work has been widely recognized by his mom and sister who really dig the integrated campaigns he did for Cisco where a business guy freaks out in a hotel lobby, and for Colgate, where models strip off their accessories on Champs-Élysées.

Helen Boak

  • SVP / Creative Director
  • H4B Catapult
  • USA

H4B Catapult is part of the global Health4Brands network, a member of Havas Health. At Catapult Helen brings unification home with unique cross network creative collaboration towards building true global brands. Collaboration that has proved successful with Arnold Worldwide in the area of Neurology. Deutsch Advertising in Dermatology and other network partnerships.

She joined Lewis and Gace, Inc. in 1989 as a brand champion to globally launch the first acid-pump inhibitor, the brand now known as “the Purple Pill”. This fantastic 4-year experience was the realization of the power of positioning and the sophisticated art of medicine, galvanizing her path as a passionate creative professional in the life sciences space. At Integrated Communications Corp, she launched the professional campaign for Lamisil which introduced Digger the Dermatophyte for Novartis, and art directed Ortho McNeil Women’s Healthcare Franchise introducing the sales force to portfolio-based digital selling solutions in the mid-1990s. At HLG Communications in Philadelphia, Helen was Executive Creative Director leading campaigns for biotech clients.

A Visual Communications graduate of the Art Institute of Philadelphia, her experience spans over 22 years on the agency side of healthcare communications. Continuing studies include Hyper Island Master Class and course work at Pratt Institute and School of Visual Arts. A member of Healthcare Businesswomen's Association, The One Club, and Art Director's Club of New Jersey, she has garnered numerous industry awards/honors in motion/print/digital solutions and has served on judging juries for HCMA In-Awe Awards, Rx Show, Med Ad News Awards, Banff World Media and the Globals.

Her proudest work is her 11-year old son Adam.

Edita Zulic

  • Advocacy/Special Events
  • United Nations Secretariat
  • USA

Edita's work experience is as universal and dynamic as her life. At the age of 16 she moved from Bosnia and Herzegovina to the States to attend a boarding school. Little did she know, she would stay in the US for college too, and then get an entry level job offer in Sales, Marketing and PR at the Italian jewelry company, Nomination, in their US, Canada and UK headquarters based in New York. After her rise to Marketing and PR Manager there at the age of 25, she moved on to new challenges, pursuing yet another dream - working at the United Nations. In the communications and external relations department, she assists with projects that raise awareness of the organization's mission through events and social media campaigns. Her "elevator pitch" idea for a video featuring the UN Secretary-General resulted in a projection in the middle of Times Square. When not at work she enjoys art, reading, travel and writing. Most recently she received her Master's degree in the History of Art of Venice, while living and researching cross-cultural exchanges in art and architecture in Venice, London, and Dubrovnik. With five languages under her belt and an eye for detail, she is a true Renaissance woman who knows adventure, taste and sophistication. This is her second time on an International Advertising Awards jury.

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