Nam, a longtime Droga5 executive, left the agency in April. She had joined the shop in 2009, three years after its founding, when it had just 35 employees in New York, and was part of the core team of early executives who turned it into one of the hottest shops of the past decade. The agency’s flagship New York office alone now employs more than 500 people, working alongside four global hubs.
Nam was promoted to CEO of Americas in 2021, two years after Droga5 was acquired by Accenture Interactive.
“Susie’s last role focused on finding that bridge between creativity, data, technology and consultancy,” Serrano said in a statement. “Her new position at Publicis allows her to fulfill this vision in practice, and tremendous opportunity lies ahead for our clients, our agency brands and our talent.”
Nam has talked about how meaningful her time at Droga5 had been, especially as a Korean-American woman rising through the ranks of one of the industry’s top creative agencies.
“Throughout my career, being a Korean American woman meant there was an inherent tension. I felt at once invisible and applauded for just existing—as the first and only, as a working mother, as a woman of color,” Nam previously said. “It took time to reconcile all of that and find my version of leading.”