The CLIO Awards, held at the American Museum of Natural History, celebrated the work of winning agencies from around the world. The night’s big winner was Ogilvy & Mather, which was named as Network of the Year, with Worldwide Chief Creative Officer Tham Khai Meng accepting the award on the agency’s behalf. Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of BBDO New York David Lubars accepted the Agency of the Year honor. President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America Jon Browning and Executive Director of Marketing Product and Communication, VW Passenger Cars at Volkswagen AG Luca de Meo took the stage to accept Volkswagen’s Advertiser of the Year Award. Smuggler was honored as Production Company of the Year. Wieden+Kennedy London received the CLIO Hall of Fame Award.
The ceremony paid tribute to CLIO Lifetime Achievement Award winner Piyush Pandey, Executive Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather India, for his prolific, three decades-spanning career. Often feted as "the godfather of Indian advertising" by peers, Pandey was presented the award by Ogilvy & Mather Chairman Shelly Lazarus.
"I feel very honored to be receiving the CLIO Lifetime Achievement Award. I’m mostly grateful to the 1.2 billion people in India who like my work and made it possible for it to get noticed internationally," said Pandey. "I share this award with them."