Chris Garbutt


Global Chief Creative Officer, TBWA\Worldwide

As Global Chief Creative Officer of TBWA Worldwide, Chris Garbutt oversees creative direction for the TBWA collective at large, including TBWA’s roster of hallmark global clients, including Accenture, adidas, Apple, McDonald’s, Michelin and Nissan. Under his stewardship, TBWA has been re-ignited as a creative powerhouse around the world, recommitted to its core Disruption® practices and well positioned as the cultural engine for 21st century business.


No stranger to the TBWA collective, Chris began his career at TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris in his native South Africa before moving to TBWA\Paris to become its Executive Creative Director. There he produced some of the agency’s most celebrated work for Nissan, Absolut, PlayStation, Canderel and Pedigree.


Chris was named Global Creative President and CCO of TBWA’s flagship New York office in 2015. Prior to that, he spent several years at Ogilvy & Mather as Chief Creative Officer in Paris and later as Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy East in New York. His leadership spanned all agency disciplines and he is credited with award-winning global campaigns for IBM, Coca-Cola, Perrier, Louis Vuitton and Google.


In 2014, Advertising Age named Chris one of the most awarded Chief Creative Officers in the world. He has won nearly 100 Cannes Lions in his career, including three Grand Prix awards, as well as top honors in The One Show, D&AD, Webbys, Clios and Art Director’s Club awards.