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Chair of 2018 jury

Renate Vogt Senior Consultant, Wijsman BV
Renate is Chair of the jury for the IMC European Awards.
 
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Austria

Andrea Tassul-Koblmüller CEO, AFT Plus Promotion Sales GmbH
Andrea is a Founder and Managing Partner of Plus Promotion Sales, one of the leading Austrian Integrated Marketing and Sales Services agencies. Under her guidance, the agency won numerous national and international awards for clients like Coca-Cola, Unilever, Nestle, Danone, Kelly, Duracell and Mars. Before starting her entrepreneurial career she worked in management positions in marketing (Henkel CEE) and advertising (Ogilvy & Mather). She is currently co-president of the Austrian Federation of Ambient Media and Promotion Agencies, Board Member of the SSI European Network and an IMC Council Member.
 
Marcus Wild Owner & CEO IDEAL Live Marketing
After his masters degree at the University of Vienna and a post graduate at the Int. Center for Culture and Management/ Salzburg, Marcus worked in the field of city marketing for the Chamber of Commerce, Vienna for 5 years. In 2002 he founded IDEAL Live Marketing. Taking part at the 2 National Awards in Live Marketing since 2010, IDEAL is „most awarded agency“ since 2016 at both: • 22 Austrian Event Awards • 25 VAMP Austrian Ambient Media Promotion & DOOH Awards A side IDEAL also won the Austria National Prize of Marketing / Category Live Marketing 2017 and was elected at the Medianet xpert.award by 500 Marketingdeciders as best Austrian Live Marketing Agency in 2018 and 2019 ensuite.
 
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Belgium

Nathalie Erdmanis Director Strategic Marketing & Branding AG Insurance
After finishing her Master’s Degree in Commercial Engineering at Solvay Business School (ULB) in Brussels, Nathalie started her career at Danone (dairy products) as Brand Marketer. Then, she worked for Winterthur Europe Assurances (AXA group) and later for Spa and Bru mineral water provider, Spadel s.a. She has been working for McDonald’s as Marketing & Communications Director during 7 years then she moved to the Telco industry as Marketing Director Residential at Mobistar (Orange Group). Then, she joined the Belgian Airline Company, Brussels Airlines, as VP Marketing. Now she is Director of Strategic Marketing, Branding & Data Analytics at AG Insurance (Ageas Group). During her career, Nathalie has received awards such as Nominated Marketer of the year in 2009 & 2016, Media Advertiser of the year 2009, and won a long term Silver Effie Award for McDonald’s in 2012.
 
Dave Froidcoeur Head of Marketing activations, CARREFOUR Belgium
Dave is an experienced Marketing Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the supermarkets industry. He’s skilled in Marketing Management, Activations, Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), Retail, Trade Marketing, and Store Management. Dave has 14 years' experience as a retail and marketing specialist in Carrefour. He started his career in the stores as manager in as well food as non-food departments. After 4 years in sales he joined the concept team and worked on the marketing aspect of the renovation of the 45 Hypermarkets. 3 years later he joined the marketing team for the Hypermarkets as manager of the instore Marketing department. Since January 2018 Dave became responsible for all the Marketing Activations for the Hypermarkets (40 stores and 8500 employees). Besides running at Carrefour, Dave enjoys running as sports and spending time with his wife and 2 daughters in the lovely city of Tienen.
 
Tom Moons Marketing Director, SOS Children Villages
Tom Moons (39) has a degree in business science with a focus on marketing. In 2000, he started his career in advertising, working as account director for different brands like Toyota, Playstation, Inbev and Coca-Cola. In 2007, Tom became father of two adoptive children from Ethiopia. This made him decide to invest his energy in giving orphaned children a home and future, also in his professional life. End of 2009, Tom started at SOS Children’s Villages Belgium, to develop corporate fundraising and external communications. In 2013, SOS Children’s Villages Belgium won 2 golden IMC awards with their 99%-ad, a creative and successful campaign which convinced captains of industry to support the organization.
 
Stephan Smets Chief Communication Officer, Childfocus
Stephan is Chief Communication Officer of Child Focus, the Belgian organization for Missing and sexually exploited children. Before this, he was Managing Director and Co-founder of ENGAGE BBDO, a member agency of the BBDO Worldwide Network, specialised in brand activation and customer engagement. He started his career at Nestlé where he was responsible for instant drinks (Nescafé, Nesquik) and was later co-founder of N’lil, one of the first sales promotion agencies. He is former president of the Belgian Association of Communications Companies-Expert Center Brand Activation and is now board member of the European IMC council. Stephan Smets is a guest speaker at different marketing and advertising institutions such as the Belgian Marketing Fund, VLEKHO, Ghent University, Plato, 360° Academy and Student Marketing Congress and teaches at the UBA Academy (Federation of Belgian advertisers).
 
Bart Swings Brand and Marketing Communications manager, LUMINUS
With a master in Commercial Engineering from KU Leuven and a DESS in Marketing at the University of Clermont-Ferrand in France, Bart started his career in the FMCG-sector with Colgate-Palmolive accumulating experience in sales and marketing as Product manager, Key Account manager and Group Product manager for brands as Tahiti, Pouss’Mousse, Palmolive, Soupline, Ajax and La Croix. In 2000, after 8 years, he moved on to mobile operator Mobistar (Orange Group) to take up roles in Trade and Channel marketing. As Head of prepaid acquisition and later Head of loyalty and retention he then returned to his marketing passion and launched in 2005 the youth brand Tempo Music, a successful collaboration with Universal Music. In 2006 he moved to the energy sector as a Marketing Communications manager for EDF Luminus. Until today he makes sure the brand Luminus takes on the role as main challenger in the liberalized energy market.
 
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Czech Republic

David Čermák CEO Momentum / McCann
David is CEO of Momentum Prague, an advertising agency (part of McCann Worldgroup in the Czech Republic) focused on integrated campaigns supporting clients’ sales. Prior to joining Momentum in 2008, he was founder and co-owner of a leading local agency in Prague. During his 18 years in the advertising industry, he has worked for more than 100 clients from many different business sectors in the Czech Republic. David holds an Executive MBA degree from Thunderbird School of Global Management based in Phoenix, Arizona and a MBA degree from CMI ESMA Barcelona based in Prague and Barcelona.
 
Ondrej Gottwald New Business Director, g-in*
Ondrej works as New Business Director at g-in* agency in Prague. He has been working in advertising for over 16 years. During his career, Ondrej worked in the creative department of TBWA Prague and of Wunderman, part of Young&Rubicam. In 2000, he co-founded the strategic and creative agency Garp, which specialises in integrated marketing and digital communication. For the first 5 years, Ondrej worked there as a Strategic Planner and has now taken over the Business Development department.
 
David Novák CEO, Leemon concept
David is a Managing Director of Leemon concept. He has 23 years of experience in communication agencies focused on ATL and BTL communication and marketing support, 18 years of experience in the development of marketing strategies and implementation of comprehensive communication activities and 9 years of experience in communication advising. He has won numerous awards, including 1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze - Czech Direct; 1 gold, 2 silver - EFFIE, 4 prices IMC European Awards 2013, Czech Top 100, 1 silver, Fénix, Golden awards, etc. He is married with two children.
 
Martin Pesta Managing Director, Geometry Prague
Martin Pešta is in charge of Geometry Prague since 2014, the omnichannel agency for modern world, which is part of WPP, the world’s leader in marketing and communication services. During 18 years of marketing experiences he focused and specialized in Shopper, Experiential, Digital marketing and Social media. As well as Sport marketing and Sponsorship. He is enthusiastic about joining brands with emotions, unexpected experiences and digital activations, aiming to inspire people to do the right choices. Last year’s Silver and three Bronze Cannes Lion awards represent his passion for brands and innovations. Golden Effie, on the other hand, shows focus on efficiency of invested resources. Martin graduated in Economics at Charles University in Prague and loves to spend time with his wife, two sons and dog. While he enjoys endurance sports and traveling in his free time.
 
Petr Simek CEO Wellen
Petr has been running WELLEN since 2004. He oversees all of the agency‘s creative outputs and provides clients with strategic insights. Petr brings a passion for retail, an eye for design and sharp business acumen. With more than a decade of hands-on retail marketing experience and travelling the globe in search of innovative retail concepts, Petr’s clients are assured of creative solutions. Petr has built the WELLEN team of research, creative, design and production experts to ensure successful project execution. Petr contributes daily rants and international retail innovation to WELLEN‘s retail blogs at www.retailblog.cz and www.retailblog.ca. Petr is a longstanding member of POPAI and AKA.
 
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Greece

Christos Damalas Managing Director, MSPS
Christos is the Managing Partner of MSPS, a leading Integrated Marketing and Sales services company with offices in Greece, Cyprus, Romania and Bulgaria. With over 20 years in the industry, Christos has significant experience in managing demanding and complex projects for companies such as Coca-Cola, Samsung, Diageo, Philip Morris, Sony Ericsson and many more. He holds an MBA degree and speaks fluent English and French. He has been a member of the board of directors of the Hellenic Association of Communications Agencies, president of the European Integrated Marketing Communications Council and currently an IMC Council member.
 
Efi Dikastopoulou Group Account Director, Wunderman
Efi has more than 25 years of vast experience working on different managerial positions in both marketing and advertising. Over her career, she has dealt with a great number of different projects for major global and local brands and from FMCG to cosmetics and from banking to telecommunications. Member in several juries for the EURO EFFIE AWARDS & ERMIS AWARDS as well as in the WPP P&G Innovation Awards. She is a high performance, results-focused person, with deep understanding of client needs and a broad knowledge of all advertising sectors.  Acknowledged for maintaining a professional demeanor while meeting tight deadlines and adjusting to demanding business changes in a fast-paced work environment.
 
Antonis Papapostolou Senior Account Director Care Direct
A passionate marketing professional with over 12 years digital and direct marketing experience for multi-channel commercial brands, Antonis Papapostolou is currently a Senior Account Director working for Care Direct SA, where he has successfully served many of the world’s leading brands and companies by formulating and implementing digital and direct marketing strategies across the agency’s markets of operation. Antonis specializes on the strategic planning and practical implementation of new digital technology to drive successful innovative campaigns with outstanding performance. Moreover, he is a big fan of integrating digital activities with database and direct marketing activities as a recipe to success, by providing comprehensive communication strategies to meet the marketing and sales objectives of multinational clients. Antonis studied in the United Kingdom and holds an MA Degree in Marketing, a BA Degree in Business Administration and a College Degree in Business Studies & Computer Science.
 
Konstantinos Theotokas CEO, ATCOM
Konstantinos Theotokas is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of ATCOM (www.atcom.gr), the leading digital business agency in Greece, responsible for its growth, strategic development, and service delivery. Since the company’s founding, ATCOM has transformed the business processes of Greece’s leading national and international brands, through services that span from Design and Usability to Mobile, E-Commerce and Digital Marketing campaign development, utilizing its award-winning Content Management Platform, Netvolution, and strategic partnerships with global industry leaders such as Sitecore, Microsoft and Akamai. Konstantinos founded ATCOM in 2000 with the idea of creating a company that would use disruptive technologies and design to transform end-consumers’ lives. He has since evolved the company several times, transforming it from a leading web services agency to an all-in-one full-service agency, product and service innovator, and consultancy. Apart from his role in ATCOM’s evolution, Konstantinos has played a pivotal role in the success of a number of other companies such as Skroutz, Linkwise and Mindworks (which successfully spun-off into Isobar/iProspect Greece) serving as a member of the Board of these companies to this day. He also serves on the boards of numerous other organisations including the Hellenic Association of Communication Agencies.
 
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Ireland

Aiofe Butler Account Director, Pluto
With a degree in Marketing, Aoife specialises in experiential, promotional and shopper marketing. Starting her career with Runway Marketing, she worked with clients such as Lucozade and Bulmers. Currently Account Director at Pluto, Aoife heads up a number of blue chip brands including Danone, Pladis and Unilever.
 
Dan Henson Head of Activation, Boys + Girls
Dan has been creating experiential and promotional ideas in the Irish and international market for almost 20 years. He began agency life creating integrated campaigns and pop up promotions for Coca-Cola, Nokia, Pot Noodle and Lynx before moving to BBDO where he worked across many brands including their Diageo and Mars portfolios. Dan moved to Boys and Girls in 2015 as Head of Activation where he continues to craft award winning experiential work for Three Mobile, Proximo, Dulux and Ulster Bank to name but a few. As the only creative on the APMC board Dan hopes to help realise and encourage the creative standard of work represented by the APMC awards.
 
Valerie Melinn Director, Verve
Valerie has over 20 years’ experience in Below the Line communications having worked in a variety of agencies and on client side during her career. She has worked with a variety of clients in the FMCG and Telecoms Industries including Sony PlayStation, Samsung mobile, Vodafone, KBC Bank and Heineken Ireland. She joined Verve the Live Agency as Client Services Director in 2013 in a role which sees her bring a greater synergy for clients who work who have requirements in both events and activations as well as maintaining the highest service for clients from planning to execution. Valerie has been a board member of the Association of Promotional Marketing Consultants for over 3 years and this year will serve as Chair of the Association.
 
Emma Ross MD, Runway
Emma has over 12 years experience in the marketing industry. Starting her career in PR and Media Relations, she worked with clients including Sony PlayStation, AIB on their sponsorship of The Ryder Cup and Centra. Emma moved to a broader marketing role in 2012, joining Runway Marketing and working with clients including Bulmers Irish Cider, Corona, Brady Family Ham and Lindt. After spending time in Verve the Live Agency, Emma returned to Runway as Managing Director in January 2017. She enjoys overseeing the management and growth of the agency in the areas of experiential, promotional and shopper marketing, as well as continuing to play a hands on role in client service. Emma is also a board member of the APMC in Ireland.
 
Katherine Sheils Account Director, guns or knives/Rothco
With a degree in Marketing Katherine has over 16 years’ experience in creative agencies in Ireland, UK and Australia. She has a wealth of through the line experience across a range of industries working with clients such as Coca-Cola, Heineken, Vodafone, Unilever, Oxfam and Diageo. Katherine joined the team in Rothco Accenture Interactive Dublin in February 2016. Katherine has been a board member of the Association of Promotional Marketing Consultants for 2 years.
 
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Italy

Davide Arduini CEO, Acqua Group
Davide Arduini is a Co-Founding Partner and CEO of Acqua, a data driven group, specialized in consulting and omnichannel integrated communication. An Economics graduate, he began his career in 1995 in the marketing department at Nintendo France, then from 1996 to 2000 he was General Manager and CEO of Eureka, a commercial company of CIRM Market Research, and from 2001 until 2003 he was Commercial Director and General Manager of Centunesima of HDC Holding della Comunicazione. In 2004 he founded Acqua Group together with Andrea Cimenti. He holds the following institutional positions: Vice President of UNA (United Communication Companies), Director of Audipress, Member of the Marketing Commission of CNCC (National Council of Shopping Centres), Director of Agire (Italian Golf Real Estate Association). He speaks fluent English and French, and his interests include golf, football, Hebrew and travel.
 
Simone De Martini CEO, Integer/TBWA
Simone De Martini was born in Milan on January 23, 1965. In 1985 he began working as a Junior Copywriter in the Milan headquarters office of the Tonic advertising agency. In 1989, after following clients such as Hertz, Saab, Johnnie Walker and Dreher, he became head of office in Rome headquarter and responsible for the communication events managed by the agency. In September 1991 he opened Eventa, an events and promotions agency. In 1988 McCann Worldgroup acquires the majority of Eventa, which becomes Momentum Italy. Managing Director of Momentum Italy until 2010, Simone De Martini worked for clients such as: H3G, Amex, Basf, L’Orèal, Gazzetta dello Sport, Levi’s, Siemens, EBay, HP. He was part of the board of McCann WorldGroup Italia and of the Momentum Europa board. Since 2011 Simone De Martini is CEO of Integer Italia, the retail division, shopper marketing and events of TBWA Italy. Among its customers Sky, Starbucks and Ludovico Martelli.
 
Vincenzo Lauria Strategic Planner, Fmedia
Enzo Lauria was born in Basilicata, Southern Italy, in 1985,after high school he moves to Perusia where he attends a three -year degree course in International communication at The University for Foreigners, discussing a thesis work on narrative strategies in advertising. In 2007 he settles in Milan starting a Specialistic Degree course at the IULM university in brand management and he graduates in 2010. The job experience starts at the agency Ad2Sell as a copywriter,later in 2011 he works for the communication agency Patrini & Partners where he has both roles as Copy and Media Planner. In 2014 he attends a Web Marketing course at the Milan North Fondation and in 2018 he is chosen for a Media and Communication course promoted by the Fastweb Academy. In August 2018 he starts his adventure at the FMedia agency as Media and Strategic Planner.
 
Stefano Andrea Suzzi CEO & Founder, Blink
Stefano Andrea is a CEO & Founder at Blink.
 
Maurizio Suzzi Chief Innovation Officer, Incentive Promomedia
Maurizio is a Chief Innovation Officer at Incentive Promomedia.
 
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Spain

Alvaro Alés Managing Director, 360º Marketing & Communications
Alvaro Ales has worked as marketer at some of the best known companies in the spirits industry until he founded a Marketing & Communications agency. For 5 years, he was in the Marketing department of Diageo, first in London working for brands such as Croft, Gonzalez Byass and later in Spain for J&B Scotch Whisky. Alvaro also worked for 4 years for Pernod Ricard where he was responsible for marketing brands such as Larios Gin, Jameson and Wild Turkey amongst others. He worked briefly in the telecoms industry as Marketing Vice-President for Telefonica B2B, and then became Marketing Director of Bodegas Luis Caballero, a well-known wine and spirits company in Spain. Currently Alvaro is the Managing Director of 360º Marketing & Communications, an integrated Marketing and Communications agency part of the group Havas, one of the top 5 in its industry in the world.
 
Jose Argudo Global Marketing Manager, GONZALEZ BYASS
Jose is a Global Marketing Manager at GONZÁLEZ BYASS S.A. Before that, he was working as a Manager at CROFT JEREZ S.A and Director at COOPERS INTERNATIONAL REMOVALS Ltd. He is married with two children.
 
Victor Conde Director General Asociación de Marketing de España
ACADEMIC PhD cum laude in Business Administration (Nebrija University) and Master in Marketing&Commercial Management (ESIC). Professor for Management, Commercial and Marketing subjects in many Universities and Business Schools (Nebrija, Complutense of Madrid, Salamanca and Valladolid Universities, EAE, ESIC, TEC of Monterrey, EAN of Bogota, ESPM of Sao Paulo). Since 2013 Director of three different Post-Graduate Programmes. PROFFESIONAL Almost 40 years working for both national and multinational companies in Marketing, Commercial, General Management and Consultancy: Burrouhgs, Colgate-Palmolive, Rhône-Poulenc Farma, IOPE-Etmar, Unidad Editorial, Sevilla EXPO´92, Publicis Group. From 2013 as General Manager in Spanish Marketing Association.
 
Esther Gutierrez Marketing Manager, BODEGAS BARBADILLO
Esther was born in Seville in 1983 and have been passionate about advertising since she can remember. She graduated in Advertising and Public Relations and holds a Master's Degree in Marketing Direction and Sales Management. She has more than ten years experience in areas such as retail, fashion and beverage, this last one being where she has developed the core of her career. During this time she has made a valuable contribution to Spanish wine companies as Marqués de Riscal and Barbadillo, where she has been working for three years.
 
Carlos Rubio General Manager, AEACP
Carlos was born in Madrid and he has a degree in law and a diploma in marketing and commercial management, recently complemented with a master degree in digital business. He is part of the board of National Directors from the European Association (EACA) as well as member of the Executive Committee of the Association of the self-regulation of the communication business. In addition to General Manager of the AEACP Carlos Rubio deals with the management of El Sol Festival. El Festival Iberoamericano de la Comunicación Publicitaria, leading festival among Spanish and Portuguese speakers. For many years, he has collaborated continuously with numerous universities and advertising and marketing schools training attendants in these matters. Prior to joining to the Spanish Association of Advertising Agencies he developed his professional career in both public and private companies.
 
Pedro Vargas Project Manager, Brands of Spain
Pedro is a Project Manager at Brands of Spain.
 
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United Kingdom

Mike Benns Managing Director, Toucan
Mike has worked in Promotional and Shopper Marketing for 30 years. After starting his career at British Airways and then a couple of brand activation agencies, he founded Toucan in 1991 working across multiple sectors but specialising in FMCG food and drink brands. Toucan was merged with Once Upon A Time in 2017 and Mike now heads up the Shopper Division of OUAT based in central London.
 
Peter Kerr Managing Director, MRM
Peter is Managing Director of Multi Resource Marketing Ltd (MRM). His career in Promotional Marketing goes back to the early 80's and he has a rare combination of experience having spent this time working within client, agency and fulfillment organisations. He founded MRM in 1993 and has only recently led this organisation into the HighCo Group where he hopes to fulfill his long held ambition of creating with HighCo a truly European capability across a wide range of promotional marketing techniques and logistics. Peter has sat on the EACA judging panel before as well as being an IPM Awards panel chairman each year, he is also an IPM Diploma examiner for the IPM Education panel. In addition our annual awards were recovered from Haymarket and successfully re-branded year on year and, to bridge the gap in our marketing press coverage, took control of Sales Promotion magazine and with the services sector very much in mind Peter introduced the ISP Certificate, the “Making it Happen awards” (now COGS) and was instrumental in the ARM accreditation scheme.
 
Marcus Sandwith CEO Haygarth
Marcus has 19 years' experience as a retail and brand marketing specialist. His broad range of experience includes working on clients such as Nokia, Tesco, BBC, Reckitt Benckiser and S.C. Johnson. In addition to his responsibilities as CEO at Haygarth, Marcus oversees the agency’s financial planning, new business development and is key in maintaining the overall culture of the agency. When Marcus isn’t running Haygarth, he is a family man with three kids and lives in London.
 
Nicky Thompson Managing Director, Blue Chip Marketing
Blue Chip Marketing is one of the UK’s most successful integrated direct response agencies, driving business growth for some of the world’s leading brands and retailers for over 20 years. A previous IMC award winner, Blue Chip were also one of the best performing agencies at this year’s IPM Awards and earlier this year were voted the UK’s Most Recommended Agency for promotional marketing.
 
Kate Umfreville Client Director, PrettyGreen
With over 18 years experience delivering events and experiential campaigns both in the UK and in NZ, Kate believes in experiences less ordinary and throughout the judging process will be looking out for campaigns that not only demonstrate exceptional effectiveness, but stand out from the crowd with fresh ideas that capture the imagination.
 
Leonie Walker General Manager Europe, Mando
With almost a decade’s worth of experience working on promotions across Europe, Leonie works with agencies and brands tailoring campaigns for individual markets and a pan-European basis. Mando are specialists in sales promotions and brand partnerships, offering a unique data fuelled approach alongside robust insight to ensure your objectives are met and that your campaign truly makes a difference.
 
Scott White Founder and Managing Director, Brand Culture
After various agency positions and then co-founding the UKs first online stock brokerage in 1999, Scott started Brand Culture in 2004 with Michael Mann. For 15 years, Brand Culture have been a globally recognised agency in the specialism of brand and entertainment partnerships. Today, they help brands including Coca-Cola, Energizer, Johnsnon & Johnson and Marriot to develop international promotional campaigns that leverage the power of entertainment to engage retailers and consumers.