Tony Davidson, joint executive creative director of advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy London was formally elected D&AD President at the Board of Trustees meeting in London tonight (14 Sept). In his inaugural speech he outlined how he will work with the charity to further promote its work internationally.

“D&AD is respected globally for both its professional and student awards. I want to help strengthen those global connections and build the profile of all of its education programmes," said Davidson. “One of the best things about D&AD is that it brings creative practitioners from so many disciplines together – graphic designers, editors, directors, photographers, copywriters, art directors, gaming, product and environmental designers. I’m really looking forward to meeting global talent from various creative disciplines in my year as President.”

Davidson’s relationship with D&AD goes back to his student days when he travelled to London each week from Manchester to participate in one of the organisation’s Advertising Workshops. He first appeared in the D&AD Annual in 1987 and has won 16 Yellow & 2 Black Pencils as creative director of Wieden + Kennedy London. He joined the D&AD Board of Trustees in 2004.