NEW YORK, USA // A native Australian based in New York City for the past five years, John is currently Global Executive Creative Director at McCann Worldgroup, and is also President of McCann Worldgroup’s Global Creative Council. In this dual role, he provides creative leadership across McCann's global brands, and works closely with McCann's creative and strategic leaders across all markets.
In his role as Global President of the McCann Worldgroup Creative Council, John has helped oversee McCann Worldgroup's rise to its first-ever Cannes Network of the Year accolade, in 2019. As well as Network of the Year honors in the 2019 Effie awards. Creativity and Effectiveness cannot live without the other.
Prior to this, he was Chief Creative Officer of McCann Australia, responsible for the Melbourne and Sydney offices. Under John’s leadership, McCann Melbourne became the world’s most awarded agency in 2013.
In addition to his achievements in senior leadership roles, both a writer and a creative director, John has won over 60 Cannes lions including 6 Cannes Grand Prix, Black and Yellow Pencils at D&AD, One Show Best of Show, and multiple Clio, Spikes, LIA and Webby awards. His work has also been housed in London's Design Museum.
John has served as a jury member or jury president at all the major shows, including Cannes, D&AD and One Show and Global Effies.
A regular keynote speaker and panelist, John has been featured in the Creativity 50: AdWeek’s annual listing of the world’s 50 most influential creative thinkers and doers, and Business Insider ranked him the 8th most creative person in advertising worldwide.