MDC Partners has named David Dabill, a former partner at indie shop Toy and an executive at Fallon and Leo Burnett, as the holding company's chief administrative officer, a newly created role. Mr. Dabill will be tasked with overseeing the network operations, financial reporting and general management of MDC Partners, and will report directly to MDC Chairman-CEO Miles Nadal. He will also be responsible for guiding the network's international expansion plans.
"He brings the maturity, wisdom and experience that we find exciting," Mr. Nadal told Ad Age . "Obviously he has great financial-management skills, but he's exceedingly knowledgeable about the entrepreneurial spirit and DNA that make creative firms succeed."
Mr. Nadal added that MDC is looking to expand the company's footprint globally, including in Brazil, China and India, in order to better service to service the growing needs of Fortune 100 clients -- and to do so, "you need people with on-the-ground knowledge and experience."
Most recently, Mr. Dabill was at Toy, a shop he helmed with partners Anne Bologna and Ari Merkin. The trio met while working at Fallon 's now-defunct New York outpost. Toy was launched in 2005 when Ms. Bologna and Mr. Merkin left Fallon to launch their own agency. Mr. Dabill joined as partner in early 2006. Toy shut its doors in early 2010 because the agency hadn't "reached the scale we'd hoped for" in its four-year lifespan, Ms. Bologna told Ad Age in February 2010. Mr. Merkin is now VP-executive creative director at MDC's CP&B Miami office.
Prior to his chief operating officer post at Fallon , Mr. Dabill spent more than a decade at Publicis Groupe 's Leo Burnett, a stint that included global finance roles. He began his career as a tax manager at Arthur Andersen.
MDC of late has been on a acquisition tear. In February, the Toronto-based holding company announced it would buy a majority stake in Anomaly , an agency with offices in New York and London. Anomaly 's clients include Sony, Pepsi, Diageo and Budweiser, business the agency gained in September. In December MDC acquired West Coast shop 72andSunny, Ontario-based data analytics and marketing firm Kenna, and marketing-services agency Capital C Communications. Other acquisitions in 2010 included Think360, Kwittken & Co., Integrated Media Solutions, Sloane & Co, Allison & Partners, Team Enterprises and Communifx.