2 of Advertising’s Foremost Female Leaders Discuss Cannes Judging and the Changing Industry

A conversation between Goodby Silverstein & Partners' Margaret Johnson and Ogilvy's Leslie Sims

In addition to leading two top agencies, Margaret Johnson, CCO and partner at Goodby Silverstein & Partners, and Leslie Sims, the U.S. CCO for Ogilvy, are both multiple Cannes Lions award winners, and both have Southern roots. Johnson went to the University of North Carolina, Sims attended Clemson, and each is an alum of the Portfolio Center in Atlanta. Johnson has been at the San Francisco agency for 23 years and has had a hand in some of the agency’s most significant work, including Cannes Lions-winning campaigns for Nike, Häagen-Dazs, Logitech, Doritos and Xfinity. For her part, Sims, a multiple Lions winner herself, recently began her journey at Ogilvy and has made her creative mark for the likes of Staples, Xerox, Ikea and IBM, among others.

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This story first appeared in the June 17, 2019, issue of Brandweek.