By now, you probably know that Thom Gruhler has moved up from the McCann NY ranks to a global managing partner role at McCann Worldgroup. Anyhow, here’s a memo regarding the promotion of the fine-dining aficionado, who succeeded Lori Senecal in 2009, from Worldgroup CEO/chairman Nick Brien:
“To all McCann Worldgroup Employees,
As we continue to embark on our transformation together, our global leadership must have a blend of product excellence and leadership vision, delivered with passion, commitment and consistency.
To this end, I am pleased to announce that Thom Gruhler will be elevated from a New York-centric role to a new global post of Global Managing Partner, Telecommunications & Technology, while continuing to partner with the McCann New York-based team on our important Verizon account. As a new and critical role within the organization we plan to expand to other categories in the coming months.
In his new post, Thom will help our agencies around the world further develop their telecommunications and technology expertise, which is an area of explosive global growth. We are delighted Thom has agreed to assume this significant new role, which reflects his deep experience in marketing and advertising, as well as a passion for the sector.
As many of you know, Thom joined McCann in 2004 as head of the Verizon Wireless business, an account he had helmed since 2002. Three years later, he added the post of Director of Account Management for the agency, and later was named Worldwide Account Director of McCann Erickson. In 2009 he was named President of the New York agency. Prior to focusing on telecommunications and technology, Thom’s experience included managing such accounts as Chevrolet, DaimlerChrysler, Hilton and Salomon Smith Barney.
Thom is a proven leader in the fiercely competitive and growing telecommunications and technology category, and he also understands how to leverage the capabilities and power of McCann Worldgroup.
Please join me in congratulating Thom on his new responsibilities.”