NEW YORK, Nov. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- DDB Worldwide Chairman Bob Scarpelli has announced he will retire at the end of 2011. Bob has spent nearly 35 years at DDB, beginning his career as a copywriter at what was then Needham Harper & Steers in Chicago, which merged with DDB in 1986.
He became Chief Creative Officer of DDB Chicago in 1994, DDB US Chief Creative Officer in 2000, and Chairman of DDB Chicago in 2001. He was promoted to DDB Worldwide Chief Creative Officer in 2004 and added the title of Chairman in 2006. DDB CEO and President Chuck Brymer said, "Bob has personified DDB's values of Creativity and Humanity. His passionate work for leading brands and the nurturing of our creative talent has helped differentiate and grow DDB."
Scarpelli, who will consult for DDB and relocated back to Chicago from New York earlier this year, noted, "I have had a magical career at DDB. I've been fortunate to work with some amazingly smart and talented people over the years, both at the agency and at our clients. But now it's time for me to step back, pay full attention to my family and my health, and enjoy whatever surprises life has in store for me."
DDB Worldwide Communications Group Inc (www.ddb.com) ranks among the top five consolidated advertising and marketing services global networks, according to Advertising Age. Consistently one of the most awarded networks globally for creative excellence, DDB was Campaign's 2009 Global Network of the Year, the 2010 Spikes Asia Network of the Year, 2010 Eurobest Network of the Year, 2010 Campaign Asia Pacific Creative Network of the Year, and captured both the Cyber Grand Prix and Film Craft Grand Prix at the 2010 International Advertising Festival in Cannes. With more than 200 offices in over 90 countries, DDB Group believes in the power of Social Creativity to grow the value and influence of brands around the world by creating ideas that people want to play with, participate in, and pass along. DDB Worldwide is part of Omnicom Group Inc. (OMC).
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