Two execs get key McCann posts

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McCann-Erickson Worldwide shifts its management team this week in a move that places two agency veterans in key worldwide positions.

Tony Miller, 57, chairman of MacLaren McCann, Toronto, will add North American duties to his responsibilities. Donald Dillon, 54, currently regional director of McCann-Erickson North America, will take over as regional director of McCann-Erickson Europe/ Africa/Middle East based in London. The moves take effect Jan. 1.


McCann previously announced that Jim Heekin, whom Mr. Dillon succeeds, will move to New York to become president-CEO of the worldwide agency.

McCann has a history of seasoning its executives with worldwide positions before bringing them back to the U.S. in key roles. Executives at McCann declined to comment on whether the move foreshadows future moves up the ladder for Messrs. Dillon and Miller.

However, said Mr. Dillon, "This kind of movement for people in management has made McCann really strong and truly global. And that's what clients want today."

Mr. Dillon has run North American operations since early 1998, but previously traveled extensively throughout the world of McCann. Before the North American job, he was chairman of McCann Spain, Madrid, for four years and area director of Eastern European operations for two of those years. Before that, he was president of McCann-Erickson Japan, Tokyo, and previously was president of McCann Philippines, Manila. Mr. Dillon first joined McCann in New York in '76.

Mr. Miller started his ad career with McCann in Sydney in 1966. He moved around to several other agencies before becoming the principal partner and CEO of Mac-Laren Advertising.

When that agency was sold to Interpublic Group of Cos. in 1989, Mr. Miller helped oversee the change to MacLaren Lintas, then spent four years in New York as the chairman of what was then Lintas, New York.


When Ammirati & Puris and Lintas merged, Mr. Miller returned to Canada to oversee the shift from MacLaren Lintas to MacLaren McCann.

Both men are stepping up as the agency has posted strong new-business wins and creative output over the past several years. Each said he is not looking to make major changes, and would capitalize on momentum already there.

Copyright October 1999, Crain Communications Inc.

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