Guest – Paul Woolmington

Eager to champion communications strategy, objective and bias-free thinking, and brilliant misfits, Paul joined Naked Communications as a founding partner to bring the Naked brand and philosophy to the Americas.  In parallel, he was also appointed a global partner in the holding group, which currently has twelve-plus businesses in eight worldwide locations.

A 25+ year veteran of the marketing, advertising and media industries, prior to Naked Woolmington founded and served as the Media Kitchen’s Chairman and CEO (Head Chef), leading its charge for media neutrality, creativity, accountability and innovation.

Paul has also held the positions of Worldwide Chief Strategic Officer and President, Media Operations, at Young & Rubicam and the Media Edge.  Before joining Y&R and the Media Edge, he was Worldwide Media Director at Ammirati Puris Lintas, based in New York.  Working out of the UK, Paul founded 20/20 Media, a specialist communications management and strategy company, which was the first of its kind in Europe.

Woolmington is widely known as a leading media and communications strategy thinker and savvy entrepreneur, and is also credited with helping create the first Media Lions competition at the Cannes International Advertising Festival, rewarding media neutral creativity and innovation. He also served as its first president.   Championing objective thinking and innovation, Paul has served on a diverse array of creative, media, interactive and integration awards, most recently the Titanium and Integrated Jury at the 2008 Cannes Lions festival.

Paul is an advocate and spokesperson of the changing future of marketing service’s, the development of objective communications strategy, and innovation/creativity-related topics in public conferences, as well as through print, broadcast and Internet media channels. An advisor and source for Wall Street forums and media analysts, Paul is also a non-executive board director and advisor to a number of marketing and innovation related businesses.

Born in Africa and raised in many countries, Paul has traveled around the world both professionally and personally.  He currently lives in Manhattan with his wife Carol, and their two children India and Gabriel.