A day at the office
I could never decide if I wanted to be a writer or a designer. So I didn't. 
Instead, I worked twice as hard. First, exclusively as an art director (and went on to become one of Brazil's most awarded art directors in a decade) then I switched and became a copywriter (and won the same accolade in the new role). 
My background in both areas gives me a unique, hands-on experience to help creative teams bring a brand's strategy and vision to life.
Over the span of my career, I’ve led the development of global creative platforms for brands like adidas, GSK, Visa, Dove, Comfort, Hellmann’s and many others. In the process, I’ve learned how to work with multi-disciplinary talents across all channels of communication, and how to make a diverse group of people become a team. I’ve also harnessed my genuine interest in different cultures and human insights.
I’ve got a passionate, collaborative drive, which has been instrumental to help me lead and win global pitches such as the adidas 2014 World Cup project, Nissan's Datsun brand re-birth, GSK's Aquafresh, Dove Men+Care and ASICS. I was also fortunate enough to be in the core creative trio who lead, presented and won the global Visa pitch for TBWA. In total, this means north of U$ 500 million worth of new business wins.
No rest for the wicked
Alongside my work in advertising, I’ve also explored other ways of getting my ideas out in the world: from literature and scriptwriting to cartoons. I've published a novel (voted one of Brazil's best books of 2005) and short stories in various book collections, magazines, and newspapers. In July 2017, I published my second book: a collection of personal essays.
I also wrote TV series for Brazil's main TV network (Rede Globo) for 5 years and was a bi-weekly columnist for newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo for 10 years. I've also published a number of cartoons for Revista Piauí (a national Brazilian magazine) and the literary magazine Quatro Cinco Um. The cartoons have received over 7 million views and hundreds of thousands of shares on social media.



I’m the proud recipient of:
42 Cannes Lions
23 D&AD Pencils
23 The One Show Pencils
All of which I’ve won either as art director, copywriter, ECD or CCO.


1990 - 1993     Italo Bianchi, Recife (art director)
1993 - 1996     DPZ Sao Paulo (art director)
1996 - 2003    AlmapBBDO Sao Paulo (art director)
2003 - 2005   LewLara\TBWA Sao Paulo (copywriter)
2005 - 2010    LewLara\TBWA Sao Paulo (ECD)
2011  -  2014     TBWA\London (ECD)
2014  - 2018    Ogilvy London (Global ECD for Unilever)
2018 -              Ogilvy London (CCO)


2011                  Loeries Awards - South Africa - TV & Radio Chairman
2014                 D&AD - Radio Judge
2016                 Cannes Health Lions - Judge
2016                 Cannes Grand Prix for Good - Judge
2017                  D&AD - Outdoor Judge
2019                  The One Show - Film Judge
2020                 D&AD - Radio Judge
2021                  Cannes Lions - Print and Publishing Judge
2023                  D&AD - Experiential Judge


2006                 Panelist at FLIP - International Literary Festival of Parati, Brazil
2011                   Speaker at Loeries Seminar - Johannesburg, South Africa
2011                   Speaker at China International Advertising Festival - Shenyang, China
2014                  Speaker at University College London - UK
2015                  Panelist at University College London - UK
2017                  Speaker at The Creative Industries Federation Conference - London, UK
2018                  Speaker at Digital Conference SHARE Algarve - Faro, Portugal
2018                  Speaker at Vogue House - International Literary Festival of Parati, Brazil 
2019                  Panelist at Advertising Week Europe - London, UK


I was born in Brazil in 1972 and became a British citizen in 2017.
I speak English, Portuguese and Spanish.
I live in London.
E-mail: laurentino@me.com
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