Owner and CEO, Communis
Ivan Stankovic has been in advertising business since 1979, when he finished University for Economics in Belgrade, Serbia. He worked in several advertising companies and in 1990 he opened with Dragan Sakan first international agency Saatchi & Saatchi, which left very significant mark in this area and became generic name for the modern advertising. In the next two years S Team Saatchi & Saatchi Bates, expanded and in 1992 spread on the whole territory of ex-Yugoslavia, opening agencies in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia as well as in Bulgaria and Albania.
His name appeared in relation to bringing first multinational clients to this area, such as Mars, Proctor & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, Wrigley, etc. Those clients demanded completely different, modern approach, so the task was to adjust their high world standards to the specific local standards.
He is considered to be a pioneer of new approach on 'how to run the agency' and has been lecturer for some years on top trainings and seminars for Agency Directors and Managers, on global level – in USA, France, Spain and Germany.
In the year 2002 he established communication group which includes Advertising agency Communis DDB and media agency Media S which very soon became one or the most creative agencies in Serbia.
His Agency was awarded with numerous domestic and international awards and he was selected as Marketing Person of the Year in 2005. Also, in 2010 he was awarded with Life Time Achievement Award for advertising. Wrote the bestseller How-To-Logy which was awarded as The Best Marketing Book in Serbia in 2011. He is professor at Belgrade University. Lives and works in Belgrade. Married, has four kids.