Paul Woolmington

CEO, Canvas Worldwide

Paul is a ‘Renaissance’ entrepreneur of the media, advertising, digital,  marketing and communications industry. He has held leadership positions  at the highest levels both globally and domestically in management,  media, integrated business, brand, digital and communications strategy at  holding companies including IPG, Y&R Inc, WPP and MDC Partners. He  co-founded Naked Communications Americas, founded The Media  Kitchen, and was named one of the ten most creative/innovative people in  marketing and advertising by Fast Company. Paul is currently the CEO of  Canvas Worldwide – a creatively driven media and communications  agency that aims to reinvent its marketplace at scale. Under Paul’s  leadership, Canvas has grown to become the world’s second-largest  independent media agency, was named Adweek’s 2020 Breakthrough  Agency of the Year, and most recently was honored as “Most Innovative  Agency” by Campaign US in 2021.  

Paul is also a senior fellow at Columbia University, advising in the cross discipline ‘Committee for Global Thought’ initiative as well as a member of  ‘The Digital Storytelling Lab.’ Born in Africa, raised in the UK, and now a  US citizen, Paul has traveled extensively around the world both  professionally and personally.