Chris Garbutt is currently the Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy & Mather's Eastern North American offices and a member of the agency's Worldwide Creative Council.
Garbutt has won numerous awards—including Grand Prix—in nearly every industry festival around the world.
Prior to his current assignment, Garbutt was Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy Paris where he won an average of seven Cannes Lions per year and propelled the agency to the status of one of the top creative agencies in France and the world.
Chris Garbutt is constantly looking for new and surprising ways to engage people with brands. He’s obsessed with making brands matter in people’s lives. He’s driven to connectto people with social media, inspire play with gaming, move audiences emotionally with storytelling, and create product innovation that’s useful in life.
He believes that when you mix human behavior with technological possibilities, alchemy can happen. Garbutt knows that creativity—emotional, evocative creativity—truly does galvanize strong connections with customers, and drive business growth and market share.
Garbutt hails from South Africa, but he has lived in Europe for the past eleven years. Prior to joining Ogilvy, he was a Creative Director for top agencies such as TBWA Hunt Lascaris South Africa (ranked top creative agency globally for two years) and TBWA Paris (ranked Agency of the Year at Cannes five years in a row).