Steve Williams, the president of PHD New York, has been appointed CEO North America for Maxus, the company announced today. Mr. Williams will be based in New York, reporting to Maxus global CEO Vikram Sahuja and GroupM's North America CEO, Kelly Clark. He will oversee the agency's offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York and Toronto.
Mr. Williams had been president at Omnicom's PHD for two years and was previously CEO of OMD Group in the U.K. GroupM is part of WPP Group.
In his new role, Mr. Williams succeeds Louis Jones, who was named CEO of North America in 2009. Mr. Jones recently announced his retirement.
"Steve has a great reputation as a leader and a client partner," Mr. Sakhuja said in a statement. "He has a terrific track record of success in both the UK and the US, and he is a perfect fit for the ambitious Maxus culture."
"I am thankful for the incredible journey with Omnicom Media Group, but I'm now looking forward to a new journey with Maxus, who are uniquely positioned to grow locally and globally," Mr. Williams said in the statement.