Dentsu Aegis Reshuffles Top Creative Ranks, Expands C-Suite

Dentsu Aegis Network has appointed Dick Van Motman to the new role of global CEO, creative, with a remit to develop and grow the creative proposition for the network.  Van Motman was previously global president, Dentsu brand agencies. 

The company said that Van Motman will work closely with Gordon Bowen, who steps into the new role of chief creative officer. Bowen is tasked with driving the overall quality of Dentsu Aegis’ creative output, while continuing to serve as chairman of mcgarrybowen, the agency he co-founded with John McGarry in 2002. (Dentsu bought it in 2008). 

Separately the network has appointed two new operations executives. Nicholas Rey takes on the new role of chief network development officer, with a remit to develop and better align the organization around client needs. He has been a member of the Dentsu board focusing on global operations and finance since 2010. 



So Aoki becomes the new chief corporate planning officer, and will work to define and deliver the strategic direction of the business. He has served as chief operating officer Dentsu Aegis Network China. The changes follow the appointment of Volker Doberanzke as global president, DAN Business Operations in January. 

All four of the newly appointed executives will report to Tim Andree who succeeded Jerry Buhlmann as CEO at DAN in November. All four will also sit on the Dentsu Aegis Global Executive Committee. 

Andree issued a statement: 

“These important appointments to our Executive team will drive even greater connection for our clients to the full spread of our world-class capabilities. Clients want to work with agencies who provide outstanding, consistent services that can be integrated on a global basis and this announcement is a pivotal step to organizing our business around those priorities.  

“This is an exciting time as we set our direction and evolve our top leadership team to deliver our vision of innovating the way brands are built and helping our clients to win, keep and grow their best customers to drive long-term success.”


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