Damian Hanley

Creative Director, Company of Huskies, Dublin

Print, Outdoor, Ambient


Damian is Creative Director of ‘In the Company of Huskies’ since 2015, where the agency has seen rapid growth in the last few years on the back of the perfect marriage of a deep digital DNA and creative firepower, and it is very exciting to be surrounded by such a diverse range of talented people. I was the creative director of Rothco before that for 9 years. And before that as a senior Art Director in BBDO (formally Irish International), and before that Havas Dublin (Formally Youngs) All great agencies.

When not doing the day job of creative directing, I have had the pleasure of been the lead creative on many of Ireland’s greatest accounts, including Nissan, AIB, Liberty Insurance, Aviva, O2, Donegal Catch, IBTS, Bank of Ireland and Club Orange among many others.

In terms of being a creative director the most important thing I have learned is to surround yourself with good people and then ask them to do stuff they will talk about outside the office. It’s always a good benchmark. And on that, I am looking forward to talking about the great work with other judges.

Kinsale is a great festival. I am lucky enough to have caught a few sharks over the years and I am looking forward to spending some time with fellow industry people. It’s a tough business, but the company IS good. ."