“Marty’s dedication to DDB has made him an integral part of the network’s culture and operations, and we thank him for his strong leadership during the past four years as CEO,” Omnicom Chairman and CEO John Wren said in a statement. “With extensive global leadership credentials within the industry, we are confident that Alex, supported by Glen, will continue to elevate the network and build upon its legacy of creative excellence.”
“As part of this orchestrated succession plan, there is no doubt in my mind Alex will continue to lead the DDB network to new heights. I look forward to working in a chairman’s capacity with Alex and Glen as they partner in leading the way forward with their global leadership team,” O’Halloran said in a statement.
The news follows other changes made earlier this year within the network, including merging Adam&EveNYC and DDB New York into one entity. As a result, Caroline Winterton, previously the president of Digitas New York and Atlanta, was named the CEO of Adam&EveDDB New York and Richard Brim, global chief creative officer of Adam&Eve, was tasked to oversee the new agency as well.
In May, Ad Age reported that DDB North America’s CEO Justin Thomas-Copeland was departing from the network. Other executives such as the DDB New York’s president, Darla Price, and DDB Chicago’s CEO Andrea Diquez also departed for Ogilvy and Gut, respectively. Also in May, Emma Montgomery was appointed as the CEO of DDB Chicago.