GroupM announced today that Brian Dashew has been named Head of Learning & Development for North America and will lead GroupM University, the recently launched learning and development hub for employees.
Reporting to report to North America Chief People Officer Serena Anthony, Dashew will be responsible for designing learning experiences and professional development curricula within GroupM University.
Announced in March 2022, GroupM University and the GroupM Launch Pad program, are part of GroupM’s ongoing effort to nurture professional development and personal growth among employees. The firm has said it is committed to investing $15 million over the next three years to provide employees with enhanced training programs to prepare them for the future of the media industry.
“GroupM University and this appointment aren’t just people strategy for us,” stated Kirk McDonald, CEO of GroupM North America. “They are business imperatives … we need to prioritize the evolving media needs of clients where things like technology, measurement, and data utilization are more important than ever. Our ability to serve our clients hinges on our ability provide them continuous relevant learning and professional development opportunities.”
Dashew previously served at Rutgers University, where he was an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in Adult and Continuing Education, after previously holding leadership roles in instructional design, program development, and academic affairs at Columbia University. Dashew holds a Doctor of Education from Teachers College-Columbia University, a Master of Science from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Arts and of Science from Ithaca College.