JUAN CARLOS ORTIZ
DDB Latina President & CEO, Creative Chairman DDB Americas
Juan Carlos Ortiz was the first Latin American to become president of an advertising agency in the United States when he was named to that position at Leo Burnett USA. In January 2008, he moved to DDB Worldwide where he organized DDB Latina, connecting the Latin culture, its creativity, passion and work across borders to achieve one unified vision: the Latin Influence. Winner of the first Film Gold Lion at the Cannes Festival for Colombia, Ortiz’s work has been recognized at awards competitions around the world. An inductee of AAF’s Advertising Hall of Achievement, the World Economic Forum announced Ortiz as a Young Global Leader for his professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world. He was recently named Creative Chairman of DDB Americas, merging the North American and Latina Creative Councils. He is also the author of “Shorts”, a creative biography written from his mobile phone on a plane during his many business trips.