AdForumWorldwide Summit

New York April 23rd - 28th

What exactly is the Summit?

The AdForum Worldwide Summit is a program for search consultants and global agencies.

It is a unique and highly focused event gathering the leading agency search consultants drawn from markets around the world with agency network CEOs and management teams from all disciplines, including creative, media, digital, PR, direct, and marketing services.

It’s an invitation only event that brings top players in the industry together, and offers them the chance to grow their business, network, and experience how they are shaping the future.

Adforum Worldwide Summit gathers the leading Agency search consultants from all over the world are heading to New York City for a week of exchange of views with agencies leadership on how they cope with the transformation in the industry.

From 24-28 April, exclusive meetings will include CEOs and leadership teams of some of the largest global agency networks as well as local or specialized players who will face those more closely rooted in content development/creation). They will discuss how they are innovating and responding to the disruptions the industry as a whole is currently experiencing and how they overcome these challenges as a result.


Here are some of the agencies CEOs taking part:

Arthur Sadoun, CEO Publicis Communications & CEO-elect, Publicis Groupe  

Mark Harris Diamond, Chairman & CEO, McCann WorldGroup  

John Seifert, Worldwide Chairman & CEO, Ogilvy & Mather

Andrew Robertson, President & CEO, BBDO Worldwide

Tamara Ingram, CEO, J. Walter Thompson Company,

Wendy Clark, CEO, DDB Worldwide, North America  

David Demuth, President & CEO, Doner

Mark Read, Global CEO, Wunderman

Barry Wacksman, EVP, Global Strategy Officer, R/GA

Carl Johnson, Founding Partner, Anomaly

Matt Jarvis, Global CEO, 72&Sunny

Jackie Stevenson, Founding Partner, Brooklyn Brothers

Michael Lebowitz, Founder & CEO, Big Spaceship

Mark Burrell, Co-Founder, Tongal

Mark Loy, CEO & Founder, Spring Studios

Benson, CEO, Motion Picture Company, a Technicolor company

Lars Hemming Jorgensen, CEO, Virtue & Chief Commercial Officer, Vice

Andre Gaccetta, Founder & CEO, G7 Entertainment Marketing, a Project WW agency

Nancy Hill, CEO, 4A’s




The 2017 AdForum Summit will take place in New York from Monday, 24 to Friday, 28 April, covering a series of industry related issues, challenges, and trends in the international world of advertising and communications.

The AdForum Summit is an ‘invitation only’ event that will see global industry consultants, international network and independent agencies come together and share experiences. The Independent Agency Search and Selection Company (IAS) is the only South African company that has consistently been participating in the summit for the past nine years.

More than 25 agencies will be visited by more than 40 international consultants during summit week. Agencies including big names like Ogilvy, Grey, BBDO and Publicis Groupe, as well as independents like Anomaly and 72&Sunny, will participate in sessions where agency leaders from all disciplines in the industry will present their views and the challenges they face in the different markets that they operate.

“For the first time in several years, at least two of the global CEO’s we will be meeting are women – this at least is a step forward for the industry,” says Johanna McDowell, CEO of the IAS.

“As always, the week will be choc-a-bloc with news and excitement, and will provide the IAS with enough new material and insights to advise marketers and agencies in South Africa for the next 12 months as a minimum,” she concludes.