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Wai Shin Li and Ben Hobson

Dezeen co-CEOs Benedict Hobson and Wai Shin Li named leaders of the year

Dezeen's co-CEOs Benedict Hobson and Wai Shin Li have been named leaders of the year for media and the digital industries at The Drum Awards 2023.

The annual awards programme, which is organised by publisher The Drum, recognises the best work around the world by media and marketing companies.

Hobson and Li won the Media Leader of the Year and Digital Industries Leader of the Year prizes, with the judges praising the duo's "clear strategic vision" for Dezeen and commending them for having "risen through some exceptional challenges and delivered incredible results".

Drum Awards trophies
Benedict Hobson and Wai Shin Li (top) won two The Drum Awards 2023 trophies (above)

They also stated that Hobson and Li had "achieved a huge amount in a trying period" and were "not afraid to change how things have been done to be more progressive, current and agenda-setting".

Hobson and Li were appointed as co-CEOs of Dezeen in November last year following the sudden and unexpected death of Dezeen's founder Marcus Fairs. They had previously held the roles of chief content officer and chief revenue officer respectively.

The two prizes at The Drum Awards are the latest in a string of recent accolades for Dezeen.

Dezeen received two honours last month when our editor Tom Ravenscroft was highly commended at the British Society of Magazine Editor (BSME) Awards and our architecture editor Lizzie Crook was highly commended at the International Building Press (IBP) Awards.

In June, Dezeen's editorial team was named Team of the Year at the Professional Publishers Association (PPA)'s annual awards.

The judges said: "Dezeen's editorial team produces highly creative content, displays superb teamwork in and the face of the most trying of circumstances pulled together to produce record-breaking traffic and revenue growth."

Ravenscroft also won Editor of the Year at the Association of Online Publishers' annual awards ceremony earlier this year.

"Tom was the standout visionary in this category and it's clear that he's been able to use that strong vision to energise his team during a potentially difficult and challenging time for the business," said the judges.

Last year, Dezeen was named best business publication at PPA Independent Publisher Awards and named editorial brand of the year by the International Building Press.

The BSME also posthumously honoured Fairs with a lifetime achievement award following his death.