Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Hernán Ponce

There are lot of Argentinean advertising semi-gods, but few of them exceeded the 10 lions barrier, like Hernán Ponce. He himself became an executive after he opened his agencies and those lions he has won, let´s say so, were probably not written by him. But what makes Hernán Ponce and his agency great are their worldwide seen spots for Axe. South America is known for great creative work, but few global works come actually from there. These TV spots created by Vega Olmos Ponce might be the only exception.

Like most of the heavyweights from Argentina, Hernan Pónce started his long creative director career in the agency of David Ratto, the most famous and dearest ad man in the country of Tango. He left the best agency of time to lead the newest rising star of Argentina: Young & Rubicam, where he won loads of Lions and recognition enough to open his own brand: Vega Olmos Ponce, together with Fernando Vega Olmos. Contrary to his partners, Ponce really engaged his creative mind in legendary ideas for Axe, including the second Argentinean Grand Prix after almost 40 years (the first one was a film for Pepsi from 1969).

Ad Genius 16: Hernán Ponce.
Country: Argentina.
Agencies: Ratto/BBDO, Young & Rubicam, Vega Olmos Ponce.
At Cannes: 25 lions, 1 Grand Prix, 3 Gold.
Strong Points: Advertising for teenage men.


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