Alex Lubar, who joined DDB Worldwide as COO and world president solely a 12 months in the past, has been promoted to CEO and chairman. He should now be one of many community chiefs lining as much as succeed mum or dad firm Omnicom Group’s 71 year-old chairman and CEO, John Wren.
Earlier than DDB, Lubar spent a decade at McCann – together with three years as CEO in London – earlier than ending up as North America CEO. He has additionally labored at businesses together with Gray and BBH.
Lubar replaces Marty O’Halloran, the Australia & New Zealand CEO who took over at DDB when Wendy Clarke moved to Dentsu in July 2020. O’Halloran is now president of DDB Worldwide, however no information of what occurs to incumbent Chuck Brymer who’s been at Omnicom since 1985.
EMEA CEO Glen Lomas takes on Lubar’s earlier duties as world president and COO whereas retaining his EMEA function.
John Wren, Omnicom chairman and CEO, stated: “With in depth world management credentials throughout the business, we’re assured that Alex, supported by Glen, will proceed to raise the community and construct upon its legacy of inventive excellence. Marty’s dedication to DDB has made him an integral a part of the community’s tradition and operations, and we thank him for his sturdy management in the course of the previous 4 years as CEO.”
O’Halloran stated: “As a part of this orchestrated succession plan, there is no such thing as a doubt in my thoughts Alex will proceed to guide the DDB community to new heights. I stay up for working in a boss’s capability with Alex and Glen as they associate in main the best way ahead with their world management crew.”
All very diplomatic, however O’Halloran solely had a 12 months within the function earlier than Lubar was being lined as much as exchange him. Whereas Europe is fairly regular for DDB, the US has seen a number of senior roles change arms this 12 months in addition to the merger of Adam&EveNYC with DDB New York.
John Wren is the final man standing of the notorious Sorrell-Levy-Roth-Wren quartet, leaders of WPP, Publicis, Interpublic and Omnicom by way of the increase years of the late 90s into the 00s. To be truthful, Wren is the youngest of all of them.