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Gary Lee Returning to McCann

Barely six months after joining up with WPP-owned 24/7 Real Media, or 24/7 Media as it’s known nowadays sources familiar with the matter confirm that Gary Lee has rejoined the fold as chief financial officer at McCann Worldgroup. Lee replaces Tara Comonte, who has spent the last two-plus years as global CFO at the agency. The returning senior exec originally joined McCann in fall of 2006 after serving in the same role at Ogilvy. We’ve been told by sources that no official start date has been set for Lee, but the incoming CFO will begin anew at McCann some time this month.

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McCann Worldgroup Shakes Up Leadership

Nick Brien‘s been a busy man this week it seems as the CEO of McCann Worldgroup has announced leadership changes across various units including MRM, McCann Healthcare and Worldgroup itself. Most notable is the appointment of Marc Landsberg to CEO of MRM Worldwide. Landsberg replaces Reuben Hendell, who spent the last six years as head of the agency but is now “leaving” we’ve been told.

Landsberg arrives from private equity firm Lake Capital, but held senior exec posts at Arc Worldwide and Leo Burnett. While we’re on the MRM tip, the agency added a few other staffers to its NYC HQ including John Running as SVP, director of technology, Martha Pearlstone as SVP, brand leader on General Mills and Diageo as well as Shannon Di Paola as VP, director of search.

Along with the MRM leadership shift, 14-year McCann Healthcare vet John Cahill has been named global CEO of said unit. As for the Worldgroup , Tara Comonte succeeds Gary Lee as CFO,  Patrick Lafferty is joining to lead the newly created Global Brand Community.  Overseas, McCann is splitting up its EMEA region, with Brett Gosper continuing to head Europe and Luca Linder adding the Middle East and Africa to his Latin America/Caribbean responsibilities.

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