Devika Bulchandani is departing Interpublic Group of Cos.' McCann Worldgroup, where she spent the last 23 years most recently as president of North America, to become CEO of Ogilvy North America.
Bulchandani will also be global chairwoman of advertising for the WPP creative agency. The agency says she will be responsible for leading Ogilvy's core business across the U.S. and Canada, spanning advertising, brand and content, public relations and influence, experience, growth and innovation and health. According to an Ogilvy spokesperson, Bulchandani will officially start sometime in early 2021, though an exact date has not yet been set.
Her appointment comes as both agencies, McCann and Ogilvy, undergo significant leadership shifts. In June, Ogilvy named Deloitte vet Andy Main as its new global CEO. Main replaced Ogilvy Worldwide CEO-Chairman John Seifert, who announced he would leave the agency after 41 years in April.
Meanwhile, McCann Worldgroup announced last month that Chief Operating Officer Bill Kolb would be succeeding Harris Diamond, who is set to retire at the end of the year, as chairman and CEO. Some people close to the matter have told Ad Age they speculate Diamond decided to leave McCann when Philippe Krakowsky was named IPG's new CEO, also in October, as he was the closest runner-up for the top job.