Omnicom has appointed Karen van Bergen Dean of Omnicom University, the holding company’s management development program. Van Bergen previously served as CEO of Omnicom Public Relations Group (OPRG). John Doolittle, President of The DAS Group of Companies, will assume van Bergen's responsibilities at OPRG as CEO while an external search is conducted to find a permanent successor. Van Bergen succeeds Janet Riccio, who passed away earlier
this year after a battle with ALS.
Abbey Berryman, a 20+ year veteran of the Detroit ad community, is joining NBCUniversal as senior vice president, client partnerships focusing on the automotive and insurance categories. Prior to joining NBCU Berryman spent seven years at Dentsu Aegis Network and for the last two years served as president, global business operations.
Walrus is appointing Ryan Gordon as head of media to lead the agency’s media department, which was established in 2016 to complement its creative advertising offering, and provide integrated services to clients like Lowes Foods, Smith & Wollensky, PayPal, and Colace. Gordon previously served at MDC Partners media agency Assembly, where he was executive vice president of performance media.
Mindshare is appointing Will Graves as Chief Financial Officer, North America to lead client finance, internal and external financial objectives and reporting. He's also tasked with helping to uncover new opportunities for growth. He replaces Joe Scangamor, who was promoted to serve as GroupM North America’s CFO in September. Graves previously served as executive vice president at Dentsu Aegis Network, where he oversaw the network’s U.S. commercial finance team. Earlier in his career, he worked at Vizeum and Interpublic Group.
McCann Worldgroup has promoted Devika Bulchandani to President of McCann North America. She has been President of McCann New York and retains that office leadership role while broadening her responsibilities across the U.S. and Canada. “Devika has demonstrated in her New York leadership role that she has the vision and energy to drive multiplatform growth and creativity on behalf of our mix of global, regional and local clients,” stated Harris Diamond, Chairman & CEO of McCann Worldgroup. Bulchandani’s expanded role will include leading McCann ad agency offices in Detroit, Minneapolis, San Francisco and Casanova//McCann in Los Angeles …
Justine Armour is joining Grey New York as Chief Creative Officer, a role that has been vacant since 2017. She will oversee all creative development, spearhead recruitment of creative talent and guide new business creative efforts at the office, working closely with the agency’s global Chief Creative Officer John Patroulis. Armour spent the last three years at MDC Partners’ 72andSunny becoming executive creative director, and overseeing clients such as General Mills, Diageo, Spotify, and others.
Wunderman Thompson is promoting Ted Ismert to president of its mobile division, Wunderman Thompson Mobile, which includes offices in Denver, Atlanta, Seattle, and New York. Based in New York, he will oversee the WPP-owned business as it further evolves its capabilities beyond app development into integrated product experiences. He earlier served as vice president of accounts overseeing the agency's client engagement teams and all key accounts.
Red Tettemer O’Connell + Partners (RTO+P) is reshuffling its executive team with founder Steve Red sharing his creative responsibilities after more than two decades of leadership. Under the reorganization, the agency’s longtime executive creative director and partner Steve O’Connell is upped to Co-Chief Creative Officer to jointly manage the agency with Red, who will also continue to serve as president.To fill O'Connell's previous role, RTO+P veteran Todd Taylor will become the new executive creative director, a promotion from his senior vice president, group creative director post. Together, the trio will lead the agency’s growing creative team, …
Sandra Sims-Williams is joining Nielsen as senior vice president of diversity & inclusion starting in January. Most recently Sims-Williams has led diversity and inclusion efforts at Publicis Groupe as Chief Diversity Officer. Earlier this year, she made the Black Enterprise Top Corporate Executives list, The Inaugural Champion, Adweek & ADCOLOR, and SAVOY Magazine's Most Influential Women in Corporate America list. She is also a member of The Advertising Industry's Diversity Steering Committee and serves on the boards of New York Women in Communication, Advertising Club of New York and ColorComm.
AbelsonTaylor has promoted Amer Ghafari to vice president, director of information technology at the health and wellness advertising agency. His current focus is revamping an IT facility in AbelsonTaylor’s expanded headquarters in Chicago’s office set to open early next year. Ghafari joined the agency in 2013.