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Posts Tagged ‘Mark O’Brien’

Bennett to Step Down from CCO Post at DDB West

We’ve received confirmation from an agency source that Lisa Bennett, who has spent the last 10 years at DDB and has most recently served as chief creative offier of what is now DDB West (the SF and LA offices, essentially), will be leaving her post by the end of Q1 of this year. From what we’ve been told, Bennett “…will continue to serve as chairman of the DDB North American Creative Council. In addition, she will work as EVP, North America, reporting directly to Mark O’Brien, president of DDB North America, where she will assist with new business and creative across North America and globally, as needed.”

Our DDB source adds that the Omnicom-owned agency network is planning to find a new CCO for DDB West, which has worked with clients including ConAgra, Johnson & Johnson, Wells Fargo as well as several Clorox brands. As for Bennett, the exec joined DDB’s San Francisco office as managing partner/CCO in 2003 from Leo Burnett, where she spent 15 years of her career.

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Rick Carpenter Resigns from DDB Chicago

We just received a call from the folks at DDB who have let us know that Rick Carpenter, who has served as president/CEO at DDB Chicago for just about three years, is resigning. Not much of a reason given, but we’ve been told it was “just time.”

While the agency recruits a new leader, Mark O’Brien, who just took over as president of DDB’s North American operation, will serve as interim head of the Chicago office along with CCO Ewan Paterson, who joined the shop earlier this year. In a statement, Carpenter says:

“After much consideration, given my own career aspirations, I have decided to resign from DDB Chicago and begin the next phase of my career.  I will stay on through the end of the year to help assure a smooth transition. I am extremely proud of my tenure and accomplishments at DDB in both LA and Chicago and I have been fortunate to work with so many wonderful people and extraordinary talents during my time at DDB.

I am currently weighing a couple of options. I love the agency world and in all likelihood will stay in the agency business, but considering the changes in our industry, I could just as easily apply my experience and skills to any number of companies that place a high value on creativity to build brand and build business.”

DDB Names New North American President

DDB announced that Mark O’Brien, currently the agency network’s North American COO, will take over as NA president, effective immediately. O’Brien replaces Dick Rogers, who’s been with the agency for 35 (!) years and is now moving up to chairman of of DDB’s NA ops.

O’Brien has basically been a DDB lifer himself, spending the last 16 years at the Omnicom-owned agency, first establishing DDB’s interactive business unit during the industry’s infancy in 1995 and in turn, effectively founding what would eventually become Tribal DDB. In 1998, O’Brien joined the corporate ranks, first helping getting Tribal off the ground before taking on the role of CFO of DDB North America and Asia Pacific in 2001 and making the agency’s presence known in the latter region.