Facebook founder Zuckerberg awarded Cannes Lions media person of the year

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO, has been named Media Person of the Year at the 57th Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival.  

The social networking site was founded by the 25 year old in 2004 while studying computer science at Harvard University. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, Facebook has over 400 million active users.

As chief executive, Zuckerberg is responsible for setting the overall direction and product strategy for the company.

Philip Thomas, Cannes Lions CEO, said: “Cannes Lions Media Person of the Year is awarded to those who have changed the face of media and communications, usually after a lifetime of achievement.

“For Mark Zuckerberg to have created one of the internet’s most dominant businesses so quickly, and to have had such a global impact on the way we all communicate with each other, is quite simply astonishing.”

Zuckerberg will be honoured during the Press, Cyber and Design Lions Awards Ceremony on June 23, in the Palais des Festivals, Cannes.

He will also present a Facebook seminar earlier that same day.

Previous recipients of the Media Person of the Year Award include, 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.

The annual advertising festival will be held on the French Riviera on June 20-26.


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