DDB Worldwide, part of Omnicom Group, says Chris Brown has been named president and chief executive officer (CEO) of DDB New York.
He currently serves as CEO of DDB Group Australia, and will transition into the new role in September 2014.
Additionally, a new group structure in New York has been created and will encompass: DDB New York, Uproar@DDB, DDB Remedy, Tribal Worldwide New York, Roberts & Langer DDB and Spike DDB.
Peter Hempel, current CEO of DDB New York, will assume the new position of chairman and CEO, DDB Group New York, overseeing the entire group to ensure the agencies are collaborating and exploring joint opportunities.
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Brown will report jointly to Hempel and Mark O’Brien, president of DDB North America. Hempel will continue to report to O’Brien.
O’Brien said, “We need to make sure we are looking across all of our resources in New York to bring even more talent into the organization and provide our clients with complete marketing solutions.”
Brown (pictured above) brings to his new position 17 years of experience with DDB Worldwide, both in the UK and Australia. He was promoted to CEO of DDB Group Australia in 2012, after serving as group managing director of DDB Sydney from 2007 to 2012.
DDB Worldwide is one of the world’s leading advertising and marketing networks. Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE-OMC) is a global marketing and corporate communications company.