Dame Cilla Snowball was honoured with a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ and the agency at which she is chief executive, AMV BBDO, was crowned large agency of the year at the Oystercatchers Awards last night (21 November).
Snowball was handed the trophy by Diageo CMO Syl Saller and Oystercatchers CEO Suki Thompson. Presenting the award, Saller said: “Those of you who know Cilla know that in her mind, it is literally never about her. It’s about the work, the team, the clients and AMV BBDO has had a great year, a great 14 years in fact, under her leadership.”
Snowball recently announced she was leaving the agency after 26 years, during which time she has risen from new business director to group chairman and chief executive. She has also been the president of industry bodies WACL, the Marketing Group of Great Britain, The Thirty Club and the Advertising Association.
AMV BBDO’s win last night followed its success at the Marketing Week Masters Awards last month, where it was named agency of the year and Grand Prix winner for its work on Bodyform’s ‘Blood Simple’ campaign.
The jury of more than 20 senior marketers said of the Omnicom-owned agency: “Despite being a large and long-standing agency, the way it is leading the industry is outstanding.”