James Ward has rejoined McCann Worldgroup as president, McCann Detroit.
Last month, the agency lost a major client, ALDI, after the international grocery chain shifted U.S. AOR responsibilities to Publicis Groupe's Leo Burnett. Soon afterward, McCann Detroit's executive vice president and general manager Mel Smart announced she was departing the agency.
Industry veteran Ward first worked at the network's New York office right out of college, ultimately spending 11 years there, rising to the role of group account director. He left in 2003 to join Doner in Detroit, where he most recently served as Chief Strategy Officer.
“James has an insatiable energy and drive, which is infectious and, aligned with his breadth of experience in strategy, business development and leadership, makes him the perfect addition to our McCann Detroit Team," stated Chris Macdonald, president, McCann Worldgroup North America.