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Cannes Lions names Eric Schmidt as ‘Media Person of the Year 2011’

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, an international
annual advertising and communications awards has named Google’s executive
chairman Eric Schmidt as The Media Person of the Year 2011. Schmidt, since
joining Google in 2001, has helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley
start-up to a global leader in technology. During Schmidt’s tenure, the company
has also made acquisitions of other online companies including YouTube, the
world’s biggest online video site.

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, an international
annual advertising and communications awards has named Google’s executive
chairman Eric Schmidt as The Media Person of the Year 2011. Schmidt, since
joining Google in 2001, has helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley
start-up to a global leader in technology. During Schmidt’s tenure, the company
has also made acquisitions of other online companies including YouTube, the
world’s biggest online video site.

 “Under Eric’s
leadership, Google has truly changed the way people around the world access
information on a daily basis. He has helped build Google in an astonishingly
short period of time into one of the world’s biggest advertising media and one
of the world’s most valuable brands. We are delighted to honour Eric with this
award,” Philip Thomas, CEO, Cannes Lions has said.

Eric Schmidt says: “This award reflects the hard work of
many people at Google working to develop new technologies to help advertisers
thrive in the digital world.”

Previous recipients of the Media Person of the
Year Award include Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of Facebook; Steve Ballmer,
CEO of Microsoft Corporation; Sir Anthony O’Reilly, CEO of Independent News
& Media; Tsuneo Watanabe, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of The Yomiuri
Shimbun Holdings; Sumner Redstone, Chairman and CEO of Viacom and Gerald Levin,
CEO of AOL Time Warner.

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