Ad Industry Critiques Cannes Lions’ Choice of Cambridge Analytica CEO as Featured Speaker

Nix once used racial slur to describe a political leader

Cambridge Analytica disbanded after it was involved in the exposure of more than 80 million Facebook users' personal data. Getty Images

The Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity announced on Wednesday that Alexander Nix, founder and former CEO of controversial data and political firm Cambridge Analytica, would be among its list of featured speakers for this year’s five-day event. Nix was forced to step down after his firm was tied to a massive data breach that exposed the private data of more than 80 million Facebook users last year, and the company later filed for insolvency.

@kitten_mouse Lindsay Rittenhouse is a staff writer at Adweek, where she specializes in covering the world of agencies and their clients.