Jose Papa, MD of Cannes Lions made redundant by Ascential
According to a international publication, Jose Papa, the Managing Director (MD) of Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, is to depart from the role after just under two years in the job. He first took the helm of Lions Festivals in August 2016, joining from fashion trend forecasting service WGSN, which is also owned by Ascential.
The reports mention that Lions' parent firm Ascential is to retire the festival's managing director role entirely. Phil Thomas, chief executive, Ascential Events and chairman, Cannes Lions will take over his duties. Thomas sent an email to Papa where he thanked him for his commitment to Lions Festivals, and his leadership of the business through such turbulent times and described the decision as incredibly difficult and mentioned that he felt genuinely sorry to see him go.
During his term at Cannes Lions, he weathered a number of storms, the biggest coming in 2017 when the festival came under criticism from holding group giants for losing its focus.