McCann Worldgroup Chairman-CEO Bill Kolb made several key leadership appointments today, including naming Chris Macdonald, previously global president of advertising and allied brands, chairman and CEO of the McCann agency network. Harjot Singh—who was serving as chief strategy officer for the group's Europe, Middle East and Africa region—was moved to global chief strategy officer of the McCann agency network and MRM CEO Kate MacNevin added the title of chairwoman.
The moves are intended to "underline the importance of the individual agency brands in the global McCann Worldgroup integrated marketing services network," according to the company. They are the latest by Kolb to build out his leadership team after he took over as chairman and CEO of McCann Worldgroup in October, succeeding Harris Diamond, who retired.
“The foundation of McCann Worldgroup, since its inception over 20 years ago, has always been to offer both best-in-class expertise through each agency and best-in-class integrated solutions to meet our clients’ needs,” Kolb said in a statement. "The work, the talent, and most critically, the creative effectiveness that we have been recognized for—more than any other network over the last five years—must flourish within each of our agency brands. And each of these brands has its own unique culture while all sharing the same McCann Worldgroup core mission, values, and methodologies.”