McCann Worldgroup Creative Chairman Rob Reilly is leaving his post with the Interpublic Group of Cos. network after seven years to become the global chief creative officer for all of WPP, reporting to CEO Mark Read.
WPP said in an announcement that Reilly will partner with Read and the CEOs and chief creative officers of its individual agencies to "champion creativity within and beyond the company, fostering a culture that delivers extraordinary work to clients. He is also tasked with attracting and nurturing the best creative talent, driving inclusion and diversity in creative work and teams, and working with technology partners to fuel the creativity needed for their platforms," WPP said.
“Mark’s ambition is to make WPP the most creative company on the planet,” Reilly said in a statement. “For a creative person, that was impossible to resist. He is leading a complete reinvention of WPP and is committed to putting creativity at the center of everything the company does. I look forward to joining the talented team of people at WPP and helping its fantastic agencies continue to build on their success.”
Read added Reilly is "a transformative creative force wherever he has applied his considerable talent, and I know he will have the same impact at WPP. I am delighted that Rob is joining us as we look to make WPP synonymous with the world’s most creative, most effective and most forward-looking work – and at a time when this has never been more important to our clients," he said.