Brand Experience Agency 2019: Optimist

Brand experience agency Optimist creates the zeitgeist that moves the culture for brands that include Nike, Google, Target and Beats By Dre.

Agency Network of the Year 2019: McCann Worldgroup

Agency of the year stories like this tend to feature lists of account wins and, perhaps, a hard loss or two.

Advertising Agency Head 2019: Devika Bulchandani

The president of McCann New York has been named Agency Head-Advertising 2019

Advertising Agency of the Year 2019: Wieden+Kennedy

At Wieden+Kennedy, it's still all about the creativity.

Media Planner 2019: Michelle Daidoine, The Martin Agency

Michelle Daidone, the group media director of Richmond, Va.-based The Martin Agency, looks at media a little different than most.

Media Agency of the Year 2019: Essence

Independent agency of the year 2019: Mother

Independent agency Mother, founded in London in 1996, continues to go from strength to strength.

Head of Agency/Media 2019: Lynn Lewis, UM

In the span of one year, Lynn Lewis, the chief executive officer for U.S. operations at media giant UM has accomplished a lot at an agency already known for making a big impact.

Head of Customer Engagement and Digital Agency 2019: Dianne Wilkins

There's an old adage that contends you can find out a lot about a person's true character during a round of golf. For Dianne Wilkins, CEO of Critical Mass, she discovered her digital design agency, thanks to golf.

Head of PR Agency 2019: Gail Heimann, Weber Shandwick

Gail Heimann, president and chief executive officer of Weber Shandwick, is a game-changer, says executive chairman Andy Polansky. Other colleagues praised this PR powerhouse as being magical, passionate, remarkable and uber-creative.

Digital Innovation Agency 2019: Huge

Huge attacked 2019 with a fierce focus on big growth and important cultural change.

Customer Engagement Agency 2019: Critical Mass

Critical Mass reached new heights in growth, new business wins and award-winning work last year, all while keeping customer-centricity at its core.

Creative Person 2019: Sean Bryan and Tom Murphy, McCann New York

Sean Bryan and Tom Murphy's careers have been linked for 24 years, in a partnership that goes from strength to strength. Clearly, there's some creative chemistry happening.

Corporate Communications/Marketing Team 2019: Empower

The title of Corporate Communcations/Marketing Team of the Year goes to Empower.

Talent Management Person or Team 2019: Michele Prota

Michele Prota, of Forsman & Bodenfors, tackled not just one but two of the most vexing challenges facing advertising agencies, and practically every business, today.

Strategic Planner of the Year 2019: Elizabeth Paul, MullenLowe

MullenLowe chief strategy officer Elizabeth Paul ascended to her current role in September 2018, with responsibility stretching across the agency's entire US network.

PR Agency 2019: Day One

Knocking down silos isn't an enviable task. After all, they were built in the first place to protect and endure. But Day One agency had other plans in 2019.

New Business Development Team 2019: Wieden+Kennedy

Jacqueline Steele, the new business development director at Wieden+Kennedy, is a "Jacq-of-all-trades," who closely embodies the confident ethos of the independent agency.