2023 Young Lions Overview

The 2023 U.S. Young Lions Competition is officially closed. Please check out our Winners tab to see Team USA 2023 who will compete on the global stage at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity in June.

The global Young Lions Competition will take on a new look for its return to a live event in Cannes. The 2023 on-site programming will entail networking, workshops, private feedback sessions, and of course, the competitions! Team USA will be there to REPRESENT thanks to our U.S. competition sponsors: Digitas, Pereira O’Dell, UM and Weber Shandwick.

Look for Team USA featured on the big screen in a movie theater near you in June 2023!

NCM thanks all of our 2023 Young Lions judges:


  • DaLeyna Adkinson, Director, Marketing - Brand Heat & Culture, PUMA
  • Samira Ansari, Chief Creative Officer, Deutsch
  • Rob Baiocco, Co-Founder, Chief Creative Officer, The BAM Connection
  • Mike Benson, President & Chief Marketing Officer, CBS
  • Spencer Campbell, Creative Director, Pereira O'Dell
  • Joao Coutinho, Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Atlantic New York
  • Therese Jonsson, Creative Director, Pereira O'Dell
  • Matt Kappler, Creative Director, Pereira O'Dell
  • Josh Kovolenko, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Discovery, Animal Planet, Science Channel
  • Rob Lenois, Chief Creative Officer, VaynerMedia
  • Andrea Nordgren, Director, Producer & Founder, Heroine Films
  • Brad Roth, Partner & President, Studios, Known
  • Russell Wager, Vice President, Marketing, Kia


  • Jenny Awasano, Senior Vice President, Creative, Digitas
  • Kiser Barnes, Head of Design, Digitas
  • Carmen Brown, Director of Media Investment, Meta
  • David Cuccinello, Executive Creative Director, BBDO New York
  • LaRonda Davis, Senior Vice President/Creative, Publicis New York
  • Oriel Davis-Lyons, Chief Creative Officer, Mother NY
  • Craig Elimeliah, Chief Experience Design Officer, VMLY&R
  • Nicola Grant, Senior Vice President, Consumer Marketing, Mastercard
  • Ari Halper, Global Head of Creative Excellence, R/GA
  • Oliver Joyce, Global Chief Transformation Officer, Mindshare
  • Seth Kelly, Senior Vice President, Content Creative Director, FCB New York
  • Ricki Maybruch, Associate Director, WebMD
  • Danielle Parkes, Head of Business Development, Deloitte Digital
  • Emily Portnoy, Chief Strategy Officer, McCann New York
  • Mark Snow, Group Creative Director, Copywriter, Digitas
  • Josh Spanier, Vice President, Marketing, Google
  • Kellie Streat, Advertising & Brand Partnerships Director, UPS
  • Amber Ward, Co-Founder & CEO, Invisible North
  • Shanna Weinblatt, Vice President, Innovation, Beauty Tech, & the Metaverse, Coty


  • Dimas Adiwiyoto, Senior Vice President, Group Account Director, FCB New York
  • Jennifer Ball, Senior Vice President, Marketing, BBC Studios
  • Pele Cortizo-Burgess, Chief Culture & Inclusion Officer, Initiative
  • Riley Eckert, Head of Premium Video, Amazon XCM
  • Brad Feinberg, Vice President, Media & Consumer Engagement, Molson Coors
  • Mason Franklin, Executive Vice President, Managing Partner, Strategy, UM
  • Paul Furia, Head of Content & Creative Packaging, Media by Mother
  • Rebecca Kaplan Haase, Vice President & General Manager, States, POLITICO
  • Lauren Levitt, Managing Partner, Strategy, UM
  • Lynn Lewis, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Mediabrands & UM
  • Neil Sawhney, Director of Media (West), Pereira O'Dell
  • Aaron Sanchez, Creative Director, LinkedIn Creative Studio
  • Lindsey Seyman, President, Fancy
  • Laurel Stark Akman, Group Creative Director, Electronic Arts
  • Myia Thompkins, US Chief Strategy Officer, UM
  • Robin Triplett, Head of End to End Connections & Media, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Christine Villanueva, US Chief Strategy Officer, UM
  • Ben Winkler, Senior Vice President, Agency Strategy, TripleLift


  • Kirsten Avila, Senior Associate, Acquisition Marketing, Away
  • Suzanne Ayello, Partner, Grey
  • Julie Bowerman, Chief Marketing Officer, Kellogg’s
  • Craig Buchholz, Chief Creative Officer, General Motors
  • Mary Kate Callen, Vice President, Audience Impact & Intelligence, Paramount Advertising
  • Madeline Chadwick, Senior Vice President, Communications & Corporate Affairs, Papa Johns
  • Taryn Crouthers, Chief Operating Officer, ATTN:
  • Nina Devlin, Chief Communications Officer, Vertex
  • Jason Farkas, Partner, Brunswick Group
  • Alicia Francis, Head of Strategic Initiatives, Weber Shandwick
  • Krupa Hemraj, Senior Brand Manager, Frida
  • Amanda Henry, Vice President of Brand Partnerships, Therabody
  • Tony Lederer, Chief Strategy Officer, The&Partnership
  • Justin Mayer, General Manager of Hess Toy Truck, Hess Corporation
  • Molly McKenna, Senior Director, Global Brand Communications, McDonald’s
  • Nicki Petrosini, Senior Director of Partnerships, (RED)
  • Tim Robinson, Senior Vice President, Consumer Markets, Hill & Knowlton Strategies
  • Beth Roden, Senior Vice President & Head of Communications, Bayer US
  • Marianne Stefanowicz, Chief Community & Communications Officer, Mother USA
  • Lewis Williams, Executive Vice President, Client Experience, Weber Shandwick


  • Perle Arteta, Creative Director, VMLY&R
  • Heather Berko, Director of Brand Marketing, Zocdoc
  • Chris Cannon, Creative Director, Terry & Sandy
  • Candace Faircloth, Associate Creative Director, Goodby Silverstein & Partners
  • Mark Feldstein, Partner & President, Studios, Known
  • Abel Gachou, Manager, Brand Marketing & Integration, Audi of America
  • Seth Gaffney, Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Preacher
  • Evelyn Harper, Copywriter, TBWA\Chiat\Day
  • Steve House, Group Strategy Director, Dagger
  • Han Lin, Group Executive Design Director, R/GA
  • Thomas Mori, Creative Director, FCB New York
  • Jennifer Murillo, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, Discover
  • Marco Pupo, Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Atlantic New York
  • Christopher Serven, Copywriter, We Believers

Registration for the 2024 U.S. Young Lions competition will open in January 2024. Please check back for updates.

Please contact Meghan Soman with any questions.