Subdued. It's the word that most appropriately describes this year's meeting of the world's advertising leaders in Cannes.
We've just spent two weeks reviewing and scoring the Agency of the Year submissions - a gruelling task that ended with a final round of discussion involving senior regional marketers in Singapore.
ASIA-PACIFIC - Young & Rubicam has named Matthew Godfrey to lead its network in Asia following the abrupt departure of Ambar Brahmachary, who leaves the agency after three years in the role.
DDB global leader Wendy Clark speaks exclusively with us about clients' need for speed, the five traits she strives to achieve, driving for diversity and the Time's Up Advertising movement.
Why is it that women in advertising continue to be under-represented at the top? While the overall mix between men and women working in Asian agencies seems to be largely equal, very few women actually climb up to senior roles - an issue that's magnified on a regional level.
Nationalism and protectionism are a worry, he told Campaign, hinting at a repositioning of investment in the world's second-largest economy.
There have been more client reviews recently focusing on cost-cutting and marketing budget reductions.
Japanese electioneering has just tiptoed into the digital age.
Celebrity scandals don't get much better than this.
The advertising industry is used to being in the firing line, whether it's for obesity, smoking or shock-tactic advertising.
ASIA-PACIFIC - After 23 years in the region, Michelle Kristula-Green (pictured) is leaving her post as Asia-Pacific president of Leo Burnett, transferring control of the network's operations to Jarek Ziebinski, who is currently chairman of Leo Burnett Central and Eastern Europe.
GLOBAL - Christopher Graves (pictured), Ogilvy Public Relations' president and regional CEO for Asia-Pacific, is to lead the network's global operations, based in the US.
One of the creative industry's most awaited and debated lists is out in this issue of Media - the Creative Rankings 2009.
Chinese sport wasn't designed to celebrate the individual.
It's been a rough year for the creative industry; keeping advertising fresh and innovative has been a struggle as clients consistently reduce or shift budgets, and agencies battle to keep costs under control and find ways to improve the effectiveness of marketing campaigns.
ASIA-PACIFIC - GroupM has ended its year-long search for a chief executive to lead media agency Maxus with the appointment of former Motorola marketer Neil Stewart (pictured).
BEIJING - Omnicom Group's DDB is understood to be buying back equity from its Chinese joint venture partner, Citic Guoan, just three years after it inked the deal.
There are some potentially painful conversations taking place between advertisers and their agencies.
ASIA-PACIFIC - McCann Worldgoup global CEO Nick Brien is set to announce a major restructure of the IPG business, as part of which regional director Michael McLaren will relinquish his Asia-Pacific responsibilities after less than a year in the job to focus on the Japan market.
ASIA-PACIFIC - GroupM CEO of Interaction, Ruth Stubbs (pictured), has resigned her post at the WPP agency to take up the president's job at IPG's Mediabrands.