He’s received 23 Lion awards from the Cannes Film Festival since its foundation in 1999, been on the Global Creative Board of Publicis Groupe as the only Brazilian to make it thus far, Company of the Year award for a company he represented, and one of the most important leadership figures in the world of communication in 2009 by Melo & Mensagem.
That’s Alexandre Gama for you, although the above list is far from complete. He’s been a multiple-award winner in the same year several times, including 2006 and 2007. Mr. Gama is truly one of Brazil’s top advertising experts, in 2006 named a member of the Seven Most Important Professionals in Brazilian Publicity’s History; the same year crowned the Agency Director of the Year by the Propaganda Professionals Association; in 2007 touting himself as the Entrepreneur of the Year in Communications; and, also in the same year, a member of the country of Brazil’s three best male advertisers and promoters.
Mr. Gama didn’t collect all these accolades and awards by basking in the glory of them – he worked incredibly hard as an advertiser.
Alexandre Gama started his career at a media-related school, learning about ads and communications from the Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation. He’s worked at Ogilvy & Mather, DM9, Almap BBDO, and Y&R throughout his career in various capacities, the most prestigious of which was the triple roles of chief content officer, member of the global board of directors, and chief executive officer of the once-named Young & Rubicam.
He’s also been the first Brazilian to engage in a number of important, groundbreaking activities, including the global chief creative officer of BBH, a European advertising agency that spreads its ads across the entire planet. Mr. Alexandre Gama was also the first person of 100% Latin American descent to present a Master Class award at the Cannes Film Festival.