Chief Communications Officer US
Dentsu Aegis Network

Kenneth Hein, U.S. Chief Communications Officer, Dentsu Aegis Network, is an award-winning executive with extensive media relations, content marketing and events expertise. He leads external and internal communications for the fastest growing agency network. Prior to joining the Dentsu Aegis Network, he successfully elevated gyro from an independent start-up to the Advertising Age Business-to-Business Agency of the Year and the 2018 ANA B2B Agency of the Year.

Hein joined gyro from J. Walter Thompson where he built the PR department in its New York headquarters office from the ground up. Before joining the agency landscape, he spent 15 years as an editor covering marketing and advertising at Adweek, Brandweek and other top publications.

He is the recipient of the Ad Club 2017 President’s Award, a D&AD Pencil, the Jesse H. Neal Award for Excellence in Journalism, as well as numerous other accolades. He has also served on the New York Festivals Public and Media Relations Grand Jury for two years. Hein lives in New York with his wife and two children.

Judging panel

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Dr Colin D'Silva

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Michelle Lavipour

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Rema Gouyez-Benalla

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Karen Yew

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Paul Fabretti

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Victoria Needs

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Ken Hein

Chief Communications Officer US
Dentsu Aegis Network

Grant Mitchell

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Paul Mallon

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Andy West

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Shakira Payne

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Ruth Warder

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Suzanne Blackburn

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Anna Dalziel

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Phil Wade

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Ellie Graham

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Susie Penner

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Rory Mackin

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Laura Sutherland

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Stephen Waddington

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Jenny Chan

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Ross Matthews

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