Omnicom Group Inc. Chairman and CEO John Wren today announced former DDB Worldwide CEO and current Chairman, Chuck Brymer, will assume additional responsibilities for the company while a search is conducted to find new leadership after Wendy Clark, President and CEO, DDB Worldwide announced her resignation.
Clark announced her departure from the Omnicom shop to become the global CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network. She’ll report to executive chairman Tim Andree who’s just returned from sick leave.
Before joining DDB, Clark spent seven years in regional and global marketing roles at Coca-Cola. Clark joins in September (DAN’s HQ is in London.) At DDB chairman Chuck Brymer takes on CEO too.
Read Clark’s statement below:
“It’s both an incredible honor and deep responsibility to join DAN at this crucial time. Given such unprecedented global change it’s more important than ever that we’re completely focused on creating insightful, informed, important ideas for brands, businesses and their customers.
“The focused investments made by DAN over the last few years to acquire and grow the right assets, talent and capabilities, enabling modern marketing solutions, is undeniable and ready-made for today’s marketplace and beyond.
“It is hugely compelling to me to help continue Dentsu’s rich legacy of constant innovation and industry leadership over the last 100 years. I’ve had the privilege of working for brands and companies with powerful heritages and that’s informed my enduring belief that great brands and companies benefit from having a foot in their past and a foot in their future. It’s a massive competitive advantage that Dentsu has decades of know-how and experience that serve both as a foundation and a built-in benchmark to continue to drive the company forward.”
DAN’s business is mainly media planning and buying via Carat and Vizeum and it also owns marketing agency Merkle. Creative isn’t a major part of the mix although it owns mcgarrybowen. It dabbled in creative waters by hiring former Mother founder Stef Calcraft 18 months ago, but he departed in 2019.
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Andree says: “Following a thorough and considered global search, I am happy to welcome Wendy as our new CEO and look forward to working together to drive our ambitious agenda forward. With her combined experience of walking in the shoes of the client, coupled with her leadership in running a large global creative agency network, Wendy is the stand-out choice for the role.”
Brymer takes on Clark’s role temporarily
Brymer joined DDB as Worldwide CEO in 2006. Under his leadership, he oversaw the continued ranking of DDB as one of the most creative and successful agencies in the world. He also expanded DDB’s stature and geographical footprint, through the acquisition of adam&eve in the UK, Mudra in India and Grupo ABC in Brazil.
“For the twelve years that Chuck ran DDB, he helped build it into a creative powerhouse. I have the utmost confidence in his leadership, especially in these uncertain times, to steer DDB to new growth as we look for new leadership,” said John Wren, Chairman and CEO, Omnicom Group. “While Wendy’s timing is unfortunate as our people and clients are struggling with the fall-out of COVID-19, the network is in more than capable hands with Chuck leading the business.”
“I love everything about DDB but most importantly our people and our clients,” said Brymer, Chairman, DDB Worldwide. “It is a company with amazing creative talent and energy. I look forward to getting back to work to help drive our success even further.”