Tom Adamski, one of the brightest rising executives within the Publicis Groupe network has passed away after a short battle with cancer. Adamski served as CEO of Razorfish Global, the one-year-old unit that houses Razorfish, Rosetta, Level, Roar and certain Nurun assets.
Shannon Denton, Razorfish's North American CEO, served as interim global chief after Adamski sought treatment and will continue in that role for the near future.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Tom Adamski," stated Publicis Groupe CEO Maurice Levy. "Tom was an important part of the Publicis family for many years, serving as a member of the P12, and left a significant mark on the Groupe. While we mourn the loss of Tom, we honor his joie de vivre and the inspiration he was day after day."
Publicis.Sapient CEO Alan Herrick added, "Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom's family during this difficult time. He was an extraordinary man who led with integrity and made everyone around him better. Tom inspired all of us to strive for greatness in our communities, in our lives and at our jobs, and left an enduring legacy on Razorfish Global. He will be greatly missed."
Before being named to CEO of Razorfish Global Adamski was CEO of Rosetta, a post he was named to in April of 2013. He helped grow the agency and establish its position as Publicis Groupe’s leading customer engagement agency. He was previously the CEO of LEVEL Studios, the integrated marketing and product development agency that was acquired by Rosetta in 2010.
He served on Advisory Boards for a number of consulting, advertising, education and retail organizations and was passionate about the intersections of design, technology and brand since his days at UC Davis, where he received his B.S. in Environmental Design.
Adamski’s company bio notes that he balanced his career with “regular doses of faith and family, surfing, motorcycles and strumming a vintage guitar or two.”
He is survived by his wife and three children.