Cosmopolitan honours leading women at Ad Week Europe

Laura Rutkowski

Cosmopolitan honoured three female advertising icons at its annual Advertising Week Europe event – Cosmopolitan: A Celebration of Female Talent.

Pippa Glucklich, former CEO of Starcom UK; Lisa Brankin, Marketing Director at Ford; and Verica Djurdjevic, CEO at PHD, were all celebrated during a ceremony at the Pompadour Ballroom, Hotel Café Royal in London on March 20.

They were selected for embodying the Cosmopolitan value of empowerment in action – demonstrating innovation, bravery and a commitment to championing young talent within the industry.

The event was hosted by Jacqui Cave, Managing Director of Cosmopolitan; Jane Wolfson, Chief Agency Officer at Hearst; and Farrah Storr, Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan.

Cave commented: “Cosmopolitan’s Celebration of Female Talent celebrates truly exceptional women who have risen to the very top of their game. Pippa Glucklich, Lisa Brankin and Verica Djurdjevic are remarkable leaders, respected by the entire industry and an inspiration for young women everywhere. We are thrilled to bring them together at such a landmark event in the Ad Week calendar.”

Last year’s honourees, Helen McRae, UK CEO and Chair of Mindshare Western Europe, and Claudine Collins, Managing Director of MediaCom UK – on behalf of Karen Blackett OBE, MediaCom UK Chairwoman – returned to recognise two millennial women from within their respective organisations who they identified as shaping the future of advertising.

The women honoured were Sophie Harding, Trades and Insights Director at Mindshare, and Lisa Humphreys, Commercial Operations Director at MediaCom UK.

“It’s also vitally important that Cosmopolitan champions the next generation of leaders who are pioneering positive change within their businesses. The two chosen millennials embody everything that the Cosmopolitan brand stands for and we have no doubt that we will see a lot more of them in the future,” Cave continued.  

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