David Droga (b. 1968) is an Australian advertising executive and the founder and chairman of Droga5, an advertising agency headquartered in New York City with offices in London and Tokyo. Droga5 was acquired by Accenture in 2019 and David was named CEO of Accenture Interactive in August, 2021.[1]

David Droga
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Born
David Bjorn Droga

1968
NationalityAustralian
EducationThe King's School
OccupationCreative chairman

Early life and educationEdit

Droga grew up in Perisher Valley, Australia, the fifth of six children.[2][3] He attended primary school at the Tudor House Preparatory School from 1978 to 1980 and spent his high school years at The King's School. He graduated with top honors from the Australian Writers and Art Directors School.[4]

CareerEdit

At the age of 22, Droga became a Partner and Executive Creative Director of OMON Sydney.[5][6] In 1996, he moved to Singapore to become Executive Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi Singapore and Regional Creative Director of Saatchi Asia. In 1998, Media Marketing named Saatchi Asia Regional Network of the Year and Advertising Age named the Singapore office International Agency of the Year.[7]

Droga was promoted to Executive Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi London in 1999. In 2002, Advertising Age awarded Droga the World's Top Creative Director.[8][9] Saatchi & Saatchi London won Global Agency of the Year at the Cannes International Advertising Festival and both Advertising Age and Adweek named Saatchi Agency of the Year.[10]

In 2003, Droga moved to New York City to take a job as Worldwide Chief Creative Officer of the Publicis Network.[11]

Droga5Edit

Droga founded his own agency, Droga5, in 2006. Droga5 has received various top industry awards from Advertising Age,[12][13] Adweek,[14] and the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.[15][16] In December 2019, Adweek named Droga5 its Agency of the Decade, [17] followed by Advertising Age in April 2020. [18] Droga5 was also named Adweek's US Agency of the Year in 2012,[19] 2014,[20] and 2016.[21] The agency was named Independent Agency of the Year at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in 2015,[22] 2016,[23] and 2017.[24] It has appeared on the Advertising Age A-List for nine consecutive years (2010–2018)[25][26] and was named the publication's Agency of the Year in 2016 [27] and 2021.[28] The agency has also been named one of Fast Company's World's Most Innovative Companies in 2013,[29] 2017,[30] 2019,[31] and 2020.[32]

Accenture InteractiveEdit

Accenture appointed Droga as Accenture Interactive’s new CEO and creative chairman, effective September 1, 2021. [33]

Affiliations and recognitionEdit

As of 2011 Droga was the most awarded creative at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity[34] and in 2013 he was the youngest person inducted into the New York Art Directors Club Hall of the Fame.[35] He is also a laureate of the Asian Media and Marketing Hall of Fame,[36] the AdNews Hall of Fame,[37] the Campaign Brief AWARD Hall of Fame,[38] and the American Advertising Federation's Advertising Hall of Achievement.[39] In 2016 Adweek named Droga one of the top 100 most influential leaders in marketing, media and technology for the second time.[40] Esquire magazine has featured Droga in its annual Best and Brightest issue three times, and Creative magazine named him Australian Creative Person of the Decade.[41] In 2012 he was named Global Australian of the Year by the Australian Advance Committee[42] and honoured by the American Australian Association and G'Day USA.[43] In 2017, David Droga received the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity's Lion of St. Mark, the festival's award for outstanding contribution to the creative industry.[44] In 2018 Droga was named Jury President of the Cannes Sustainable Development Goals Lions.[45] In 2019 the Clio Awards honored Droga with a Lifetime Achievement Award.[46]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Staff. "David Droga Biography". allamericanspeakers.com. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  3. ^ Ringen, Jonathan. "Advertising Superstar David Droga Knows How to Get in Your Head". Fast Company.
  4. ^ "David Droga". Adweek. 22 July 2002.
  5. ^ Editor, Staff. "ADC Hall of Fame Awards". ADC. {{cite web}}: |last1= has generic name (help)
  6. ^ Shaw, Adam. "David Droga Executive Chairman at Droga5". bestadsontv.com. Best Ads on TV.
  7. ^ "Publicis Worldwide Appoints David Droga Worldwide Creative Director". PR Newswire. 13 December 2002.
  8. ^ Oreamuno, Ignacio. "David Droga: Worldwide Creative Director Publicis". ihaveanidea.org. ihaveanidea.
  9. ^ Editors, Berlin School. "About David Droga". Berlin School of Creative Leadership. Berlin School of Creative Leadership. {{cite web}}: |last1= has generic name (help)
  10. ^ "ADC Hall of Fame David Droga". Art Director's Club.
  11. ^ Wentz, Laura (13 January 2003). "The Player: Droga to lead creative revival as Publicis makes itself over". Advertising Age.
  12. ^ Stein, Lindsay. "2017 Agency A-List No. 4". Advertising Age.
  13. ^ Jardine, Alexandra (18 February 2018). "DROGA5 IS NO. 10 ON AD AGE'S 2018 A-LIST". AdAge. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  14. ^ Richards, Katie (4 December 2016). "U.S. Agency of the Year: Droga5 Is Defined As Much by Its Soul as Its Soaring Success". Adweek.
  15. ^ "Droga5 New York wins Independent Agency of the Year for second year in a row at Cannes Lions". Campaign Brief.
  16. ^ Diaz and Lindsay Stein, Ann-Christine. "BBDO, Droga5, WPP Take Top Honors on Final Night of the Cannes Lions". Advertising Age.
  17. ^ Griner, David. "Adweek Agency of the Decade: Droga5". Adweek. Adweek. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  18. ^ Diaz, Ann-Christine. "Droga5 is Ad Age Agency of the Decade". AdAge.com. Advertising Age. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  19. ^ Beltrone, Gabriel. "Droga's Delicious World". Adweek. Adweek. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  20. ^ McMains, Andrew. "Agency of the Year: A Maturing Droga5 Still Hasn't Lost Its Edge". Adweek. Adweek. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  21. ^ Richards, Katie (4 December 2016). "U.S. Agency of the Year: Droga5 Is Defined As Much by Its Soul as Its Soaring Success". Adweek.
  22. ^ "Independent Agency of the Year". Cannes Lions. Archived from the original on 1 November 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  23. ^ Richards, Katie (27 June 2016). "New York's Droga5, Grey and McCann All Crushed Cannes With More Than 20 Lions Each". Adweek.
  24. ^ Diaz and Lindsay Stein, Ann-Christine. "BBDO, Droga5, WPP Take Top Honors on Final Night of the Cannes Lions". Advertising Age.
  25. ^ Diaz, Ann-Christine (25 January 2016). "Droga5 Is the Ad Age and Creativity 2016 Agency of the Year". Advertising Age.
  26. ^ Stein, Lindsay (23 January 2017). "2017 Agency A-List No. 4". AdAge. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  27. ^ Diaz, Ann-Christine (25 January 2016). "Droga5 Is Ad Age and Creativity Agency of the Year". Ad Age. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  28. ^ Pollack, Judann (7 June 2021). "DROGA5 MAINTAINS ITS CREATIVE EDGE—MADE SHARPER WITH ACCENTURE". Ad Age. Retrieved 9 June 2021.
  29. ^ "Most Innovation Companies 2013". Fast Company. 11 February 2013.
  30. ^ Staff. "Most Innovative Companies 2017". Fast Company. Fast Company. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  31. ^ Staff. "The World's Most Innovative Companies 2019". Fast Company. Fast Company. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  32. ^ Staff (10 March 2020). "The 10 most innovative advertising companies of 2020". Fast Company. Fast Company. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  33. ^ "David Droga, CEO and Creative Chairman, Accenture Interactive".
  34. ^ Dan, Avi (13 December 2011). "Droga5's David Droga About Redefining Advertising". Forbes.
  35. ^ Coyne, Brendan (1 March 2013). "David Droga says advertising must step up in uncertain times". AdNews.
  36. ^ Staff. "ADC Hall of Fame: David Droga". adcglobal.org. ADC. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  37. ^ "Hall of Fame". AdNews.
  38. ^ "David Droga inducted into AWARD Hall of Fame – saluting a stellar career spanning four continents". Campaign Brief. 28 March 2014.
  39. ^ "Advertising Hall of Fame". American Advertising Federation.
  40. ^ "Adweek's Power List 2016: The Top 100 Leaders in Marketing, Media and Tech". Adweek. 22 May 2016.
  41. ^ Editors, ADC. "ADC Hall of Fame Awards". adcglobal.org. ADC. {{cite web}}: |last1= has generic name (help)
  42. ^ "Advance Global Australian Awards winners 2012". Advance.
  43. ^ "David Droga honored at G'Day USA ceremony". Campaign Brief. 24 January 2012.
  44. ^ Richards, Katie. "David Droga Will Receive the Cannes Lions' Lifetime Achievement Award, the Lion of St. Mark". adweek.com. Adweek.
  45. ^ Staff. "Jury Presidents Set For Cannes Lions 2019". Shoot Online. Shoot Online. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  46. ^ Staff (29 August 2019). "2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: David Droga". clios.com. Clio Awards. Retrieved 7 January 2020.

External linksEdit

Droga5 website