Wendy Clark has been appointed as the global chief executive of DDB Worldwide. She was previously the president and chief executive of DDB Worldwide North America. She replaces Chuck Brymer, who led DDB for 12 years. He is becoming chairman of the Omnicom-owned network.
John Wren, president and CEO, Omnicom, said, “During his tenure as CEO of DDB, Chuck has successfully grown DDB as not only one of the most creative agencies in the advertising industry but also a leading network for CRM, retail activation, branding, and digital services around the globe.”
He added, “At Omnicom, we recognise the importance of succession planning, and Chuck and I knew that Wendy would be the right person to take the helm of DDB. Her experience leading DDB North America coupled with her expertise as a leading marketer makes this a seamless leadership transition that will build upon DDB’s capabilities and reputation as a leader in the business.”
Brymer said, “After 12 terrific years as the head of DDB, I am excited to hand the baton to Wendy. She is passionate about our business and clients, and has proven to be an inspiring leader for our company. I look forward to helping Wendy continue to foster an environment where our people can do their best work.”
Clark said, “I’ve loved every minute of the last two years with our DDB North America team and clients creating the resurgence of this majestic, important agency. To now have the opportunity to follow Chuck’s legacy of leadership and work with our global teams and clients is both humbling and exciting.”
Brymer became DDB Worldwide’s global chief executive in 2006. He joined BBDO in 1982 to open and run its Houston office before joining Interbrand in 1985. Following its acquisition by Omnicom in 1993 he was made president and chief executive of the branding firm.
Clark joined DDB Worldwide in January 2016 to lead its 17 offices and 2000 people across North America and Canada after an eight-year career at Coca-Cola North America where she rose to president, sparkling brands and strategic marketing. She is also a former senior vice-president, global advertising, at AT&T.