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New Presidents at McCann Europe and DigitasLBi Boston-Detroit

pablo walkerThis week McCann Worldwide announced two C-level changes: Pablo Walker, formerly President of McCann Worldgroup Latin America & Caribbean, will now hold the same title for McCann Worldgroup Europe. Replacing him will be Fernando Fascioli, CEO of McCann Chile.

Walker has been with McCann for more than two decades; in citing his track record, CEO Harris Diamond writes, “As we look to Europe, the need for clients across the region to reach diverse populations economically and culturally will increase.”

DigitasLBi announced the promotion of EVP/Chief Solutions Officer Norman de Greve to President, Boston-Detroit. He succeeds Barbara Goose, who left to accept the role of CMO at Altisource, a technology and services firm.

de Greve will manage the growth of the 800-plus employee region while steering strategy for such clients as Cessna, General Motors, Lenovo and PUMA. He will report to North American CEO Tony Weisman.

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McCann Wins Mucinex (CEO Memo Included)

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This morning brought big news on the expectorant front for McCann Worldgroup: outsized “health, home and hygiene” consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser–maker of pretty much everything that comes in a package–signed the agency to lead creative on Mucinex and Delsym, two of the industry’s top products for treating coughs.

This move comes as part of a series of announcements following a full review that also led to wins for Droga5 (Air Wick, Clearasil) and Wieden+Kennedy (Finish).

Before choosing McCann, Reckitt’s in-house team handled advertising for Mucinex.

The full employee memo from chairman/CEO Harris Diamond after the jump.

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Lubar Assumes Global CMO Role at McCann Worldgroup

alexlubar1After spending just 18 months as chief marketing officer, North America for McCann, Alex Lubar is quickly moving up the ranks as he’s now assumed the newly created position of global CMO at the Worldgroup. Prior to joining McCann, Lubar spent well over three years at Grey, last serving as SVP/new business. Says McCann CEO/chairman Harris Diamond in a statement, “What makes Alex so effective in business development, in addition to tenacity, is that he relishes the complexity of brand challenges in today’s complex business environment and he knows how to harness resources to create innovative multiplatform solutions.”

Along with Lubar’s promotion, McCann has also brought on fellow Grey alum Chioma Aduba as new business group director in its New York office.

 

Lindner Assumes Newly Created Role of McCann Worldgroup Prez

lucalindnerJust over a year after taking on an expanded position as president of McCann Worldgroup Americas, adding to his existing role as president of Latin America, Africa and Middle East, Luca Lindner has now been elevated to the role of McCann Worldgroup president, proper. The nine-year McCann vet, as you may know, most recently served in a co-president role at Worldgroup alongside, with each leading their respective regions. Of course, Martinez left McCann to take on the role of global president of JWT, with the plan being to succeed the latter’s chairman/CEO Bob Jeffrey in 2015.  As a result, Lindner has been promoted to the newly created global role, overseeing all McCann Worldgroup operations and reporting to CEO, Harris Diamond. From what we’ve been told, there are no plans to replace Lindner’s former position at the agency.

Lindner, wh0 kicked off his ad career at TBWA\Paris, spent a handful of years as vice chairman of Leo Burnett EMEA and president of its Fiat Coordination Center.

Powers Assumes Global CSO Role at McCann

Busy day on the IPG-related front, to say the least, as now McCann Erickson has announced that Suzanne Powers has joined the agency in the global role of EVP/chief strategy officer. Powers takes over for Daryl Lee, who was bumped up to global CEO of McCann sibling, UM. The new global CSO, meanwhile, arrives from CP+B, where she spent two-and-a-half-years in a similar position as global strategy officer.

In a statement, McCann Worldgroup chairman/CEO Harris Diamond says of his agency’s new hire, “We are pleased to have Suzanne join us. Suzanne has the energy, passion and skills to lead our incredibly talented group of strategic executives. She brings us a unique perspective on how to build global insights and ideas across our brands, geographies and culture.”

Prior to CP+B, Powers spent a decade at TBWA, moving up the ranks from account planner to global strategy director, working with brands including Mars, Nivea and GSK along the way.

McCann Finally Comments on USPS Win

It took a little while for McCann Erickson to get the OK to comment on nabbing agency of record duties for the United States Postal Service, which has previously worked with Campbell-Ewald on the creative portion of its business. Here’s what Harris Diamond, who took over for Nick Brien as McCann Worldgroup CEO last November, had to say about the USPS win in this statement:  “We are thrilled and honored to be awarded strategic and creative responsibilities for the United States Postal Service.  The Postal Service is as iconic a brand as any in our portfolio, and plays a huge role in our business and personal lives.  We are passionate about supporting its mission and helping it to grow revenue.”

Along with McCann picking up creative/strategic duties, MRM is also in the mix on USPS, which already has contracts with fellow sister Worldgroup agencies, Weber Shandwick and UM. No word yet on who else participated in the creative review. Update: From what sources are telling us, the USPS initially briefed eight agencies and the eventual finalists included JWT, Grey and possibly Y&R.

 

McCann Launches XBC, Welcomes King Thomas Back to the Fold

Perhaps absence really does make the heart grow fonder. After two-and-a-half years away from McCann, the place where she spent 16 years of her career and last served as CCO of the New York office, Joyce King Thomas has returned to the agency to take on a new role as president of McCann XBC (or “ExtraBoldCondensed”–sorta like a hair care product). The new, peculiarly titled unit will focus on McCann’s MasterCard biz and thus King Thomas should feel right at home considering she co-created the “Priceless” campaign for the brand some 15 years ago while at the agency.

McCann XBC (thank heavens there’s no “Team” moniker) will work in tandem with all other IPG agencies currently serving MasterCard in 112 markets including  R/GA, Octagon, UM and MRM. Along with King Thomas, the new division’s leadership includes Richard O’Leary, currently global account director for MasterCard, who will serve as managing director, and Devika Bulchandani, who will assume the title of global strategy director.

Newly installed McCann Worldgroup CEO/chairman Harris Diamond says of the returning King Thomas, who will take on her new role in January, “I am excited that Joyce will be leading McCann XBC. Her ideas, creativity and strategic understanding of the MasterCard brand are unparalleled.”

In between her two stints at McCann, King Thomas served as a creative consultant, traveled to India, worked on efforts including the Passion Project and most recently worked as a partner at long-form journo site, Longreads.

 

Aaaand, McCann CEO Nick Brien is Out, Diamond is In

Well, Noreen at Adweek‘s trigger-finger was admittedly faster than ours at day’s end as she is indeed reporting what tipsters have been telling us since around 5-ish, that McCann Worldgroup CEO Nick Brien is no longer with the agency. As Adweek, George Parker and others have been buzzing about, Brien’s job status (along with Draftfcb boss Laurence Boschetto‘s) has been in doubt as of late, and recent comments made by Michael Roth, chairman/CEO of parent company IPG, didn’t really soothe matters. Brien had held his title as Worldgroup chairman/chief exec since April 2010 after serving as CEO of IPG’s Mediabrands.

Replacing Brien as McCann Worldgroup’s CEO is Harris Diamond, who most recently served as chairman/CEO of IPG’s Constituency Management Group. Says Roth in a statement, “Harris understands the business needs of global CEOs, across a range of industries. He has a proven track record of effectively managing a portfolio of agencies and growing the top line. He has created a strong culture of collaboration, which is increasingly key in a marketing landscape that requires integration of services. And he brings a deep knowledge of McCann in light of the alignment between Worldgroup and a number of the agencies within CMG, such as Weber Shandwick and FutureBrand.”

Along with Diamond’s appointment, IPG has given Luca Lindner and Gustavo Martinez, McCann Worldgroup president, Americas and Worldgroup president, Europe, respectively, more responsibilities with the former adding Middle East and Africa responsibilities (something he’s familiar with)and the latter, Asia-Pacific.