Mihai Gongu

Chief Creative Officer, Cheil Centrade, Southeast Europe

True to his surname, Mihai won over 170 gongs in his 20 years career spanning several markets across two continents. His latest crop with Cheil Centrade Bucharest, the Southeast Europe Hub of Cheil Worldwide, includes an IAB Mixx Europe Grand Prix, a Gold LIA, a Gold Drum, a Gold Effie. Cheil Centrade became one of the most awarded agencies at Webstock Awards and in the Top FICE. And, last but not least, the most awarded Romanian agency at White Square.

Before his current regional creative lead role for Cheil, he has helped TOMORROW Shanghai (currently Media.Monks Shanghai) win two back-to-back titles of Greater China Boutique Agency of the Year.

Prior to that, he has led GMP/Jung von Matt Bucharest to two titles of CEE Independent Agency of the Year at Golden Drum. He has also been a Global CD on MINI at Jung von Matt/Spree Berlin and helped the legendary German network win Independent Agency of the Year titles at NYF, D&AD and Cannes Lions, respectively.

He has been selected on several top global and regional juries the likes of Clio Awards, LIA, D&AD, Eurobest, ADC Annual Awards, ADC Europe, Effie Awards Europe, PHNX Awards, MAD Stars, The Cup, and KIAF. And has also been chosen as jury president at Golden Drum and WINA Awards.

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