Mar 11 2008

World Economic Forum Announces Euro RSCG Worldwide's Global CEO, David Jones, as a 2008 Young Global Leader

World Economic Forum Announces Euro RSCG Worldwide's Global CEO, David Jones, as a 2008 Young Global Leader
David Jones joins 245 leading executives, public figures and intellectuals--all age 40 or younger--chosen from around the world
Geneva, Switzerland, 11 March 2008: The World Economic Forum today announced that David Jones, Global CEO of Euro RSCG Worldwide, has been selected as a Young Global Leader 2008. This honour is bestowed each year by the World Economic Forum to recognize and acknowledge the top 200-300 young leaders from around the world for their professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world. The Young Global Leaders for 2008 include 121 business leaders, as well as leaders from government, academia, media and society at large from 65 countries. The new class represents all regions, including East Asia (64), Europe (58), Middle East and North Africa (12), North America (45), South Asia (24), sub-Saharan Africa (21) and Latin America (21).

"The World Economic Forum is a true multi-stakeholder community of global decision-makers. We need the Young Global Leaders to be a voice for the future in the global thought process and as a catalyst for initiatives in the global public interest," said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.

Drawn from a pool of almost 5,000 candidates, the Young Global Leaders 2008 were chosen by a selection committee of 31 eminent international media leaders, including Thomas H. Glocer, Chief Executive Officer, Reuters, United Kingdom; Arthur Sulzberger, Chairman and Publisher, The New York Times, USA; Robert Thompson, Publisher, Dow Jones & Company and The Wall Street Journal, USA; and Hisashi Hieda, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Fuji Television Network, Japan. The selection committee is chaired by H.M. Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

The current community of Young Global Leaders represents over 60 countries and includes Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Co-founders of Google USA; Crown Prince Haakon of Norway; Malvinder M. Singh, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Ranbaxy Laboratories, India; Hiroshi Nakada, Mayor of Yokohama, Japan; Nicky Newton-King, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, JSE, South Africa; Carlos Daniel, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Banco Compartamos, Mexico; and Jack Ma Yun, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Alibaba Group, People's Republic of China.

"It is our belief that this community of committed individuals can actually change the status quo. They are not only a preview of what effective, collaborative leadership in the 21st century might look like, they are actually putting it into practice today," said David Aikman, Senior Director and Head of the Forum of Young Global Leaders. "It is our privilege to work with such inspirational leaders and to bring them together in a global network that builds their insights and skills even further, providing them with a global platform to tackle the key challenges of our generation."

Established in 2004 by Professor Klaus Schwab, The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a unique, multi-stakeholder community of the world's most extraordinary young leaders, who dedicate a part of their time to jointly address global challenges and who are committed to devote some of their knowledge and energy to collectively work towards a better future. As part of their engagement, the Young Global Leaders give their time to task forces to initiate, develop and drive innovative solutions on important, globally-oriented issues, including health, education, the environment, global governance and security, and development and poverty.

David Jones' career has been characterized by incredible accomplishments realized at a very young age. He was appointed Global CEO of Euro RSCG Worldwide in 2005, at the age of 38. One year later, the agency was named "2006 Global Agency of the Year" by Advertising Age and "2006 Advertising Network of the Year" by Campaign, the top advertising industry publications in the United States and United Kingdom, respectively. The same year, David was honored as "2006 Advertising Agency Executive of the Year" by The Delaney Report, an industry newsletter, which also named Euro RSCG Worldwide "2006 Advertising Agency of the Year." In his role as Global CEO, David leads the agency's 233 offices in 75 countries; he is also a Managing Director of Havas, Euro RSCG's holding company.

David has lived and worked in the United States, France, Germany, Australia, and the U.K. and speaks fluent French and German. He was inducted into the American Advertising Federation's "Hall of Achievement" in 2005 and was named to the "40 Under 40" lists of both Crain's New York Business and Advertising Age the following year. In 2006, the Financial Times and Aviva named David one of the Top 5 European Pioneering Thought Leaders.

For more information and a detailed list of all Young Global Leaders, please visit www.younggloballeaders.org


The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world. The Forum provides a collaborative framework for the world's leaders to address global issues, engaging particularly its corporate members in global citizenship.

Incorporated as a foundation, and based in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum is impartial and not-for-profit; it is tied to no political, partisan or national interests. The Forum has NGO consultative status with the Economic ad Social Council of the United Nations.

Euro RSCG Worldwide, a leading integrated marketing communications agency and Advertising Age's and Campaign's 2006 Global Agency of the Year, is made up of 233 offices located in 75 countries throughout Europe, North America, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific. Euro RSCG provides advertising, marketing services, corporate communications, and interactive solutions to global, regional and local clients. The agency's client roster includes Air France, BNP Paribas, Charles Schwab, Citigroup, Danone Group, Diageo, IBM, Jaguar, Kraft Foods, L'Oréal, LVMH Louis Vuitton, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Reckitt Benckiser, Sanofi-Aventis and Schering-Plough. Headquartered in New York, Euro RSCG Worldwide is the largest unit of Havas, a world leader in communications (Euronext Paris SA: HAV.PA).

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