Huge Global CEO Pete Stein is departing, after only taking his seat at the helm of the Interpublic Group of Cos. agency last year, to join Merkle, Dentsu Aegis Network's data-driven customer experience management company.
He will be global lead for experience and commerce, a new role for Merkle. The company said Stein will be responsible for "developing, growing and leading" its global experience and commerce capabilities and teams, playing "an important role in delivering superior CXM services and integrated solutions" to clients. He will report directly to Merkle CEO Craig Dempster and starts in October.
“Customer experience has become the foundation for businesses,” Stein said in a statement. “It is the guiding principle that paves the way for many strategic decisions and sets industry leaders apart.”
He was not available for further comment. An internal email sent to employees from Stein and Huge Chief Financial and Operating Officer Raj Singhal confirms his departure. The email also stated that Singhal will assume Stein's "day-to-day responsibilities" in the interim.