JOHN LONG


 executive creative director/writer
 johnalong@gmail.com | Twitter: @janthonylong




About me.
I'm currently Executive Creative Director at LG’s in-house agency, having previously served as Global Head of Creative at The Economist. Prior to these brand-side roles, I was Executive Creative Director at Ogilvy in New York City for five years, and I've worked at shops from L.A. to Austin to Brooklyn. My work has garnered attention in The New York Times, Ad Age, Ad Week, The Verge, Mashable, Taxi, and CNN, to name a few. And I've been interviewed by Fast Company, The Drum, and Digiday, among others.

I've written about creativity and the advertising industry in The Drum, The Clio Awards, and Campaign, about political advertising in the Columbia Journalism Review and The New Republic, and had a lot of fun at McSweeney's. I've judged the AICP Next Awards, The Drum B2B Awards, the ACE Awards, and ADC's Portfolio Night, and spoken at The One Club. I'm also an associate member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.  



Awards and recognition.
I've been very fortunate to work for great agencies and great clients. So I've managed to win an award at every place I’ve worked. The current tally is over 50 and they include:

  • Cannes Lions
  • One Show
  • D&AD
  • Clio
  • LIA
  • Effies
  • Webbys
  • ECHO
  • Shortys
  • ADDY
  • The Bowery Awards
  • Midas
  • Davey
  • WebAwards
  • Communicator Awards
  • Loyalty360 Awards
  • The FWA
  • Promax
  • Sundance Institute
  • Airports Council International North America Marketing Excellence in Marketing Award (great story)



A little more about me.
I'm a second generation ad guy. I was born in New Jersey, grew up in Miami, went to college in Nashville, and grad school in Los Angeles. I read a little too much non-fiction and enjoy travel, cooking, and public transportation, and I’m a husband and a father of two boys. 

And even more.
I earned two degrees in classical music composition, my first job involved interviewing an insanely drunk Charlton Heston at 10:30 in the morning, and I'm a dual citizen (US and Italy).

The 2019 American Advertising Federation, Hall of Fame Program Ad
It was an honor to be asked to write Ogilvy's ad for the 2019 AAF Hall of Fame program. It's also excellent advice for creatives.



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