NEW YORK, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- TBWA Worldwide today announced Tom
Carroll will succeed Jean-Marie Dru as CEO of TBWA Worldwide. Carroll, 52,
will retain the position of President for TBWA Worldwide.
Jean-Marie Dru will take the position of Chairman. Lee Clow, currently
Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, will continue to lead the agency and
the evolution of its product as Global Director of Media Arts.
Dru said, "I believe it is time for me to move up and let Tom take
charge of running the company. TBWA is acknowledged today as one of the
best advertising networks. It is now time to accelerate and to move clearly
ahead of the pack. I know Tom can achieve this. He has all the energy and
all the skills to lead our talented group of executives. With him in
charge, there is no limit to how far we can go."
Clow added, "Tom has a real passion for the work we do and I am proud
he will be guiding our future. The next few years, which I have described
as the next 'creative revolution' are going to be the most exciting the
advertising business has ever seen and Tom will be at the forefront of
transforming the agency and the industry. I think Jay Chiat would be
In the last seven years, under the leadership of Lee Clow and
Jean-Marie Dru, TBWA has become one of the most-recognized worldwide
creative networks. It has contributed to the steady growth of its worldwide
clients and gained an enviable creative reputation, having been recognized
several times as Network of the Year, Agency of the Year, and finishing
regularly at the top of the most prestigious award shows.
John Wren, President and CEO of Omnicom Group Inc., said, "Our
companies' chairmen have active day-to-day roles. It is a part of our DNA
and I am pleased to have Jean-Marie continue with us in this position. With
Lee shaping the creative product and Tom becoming CEO, this will be a
formidable triumvirate leading the TBWA people and advising its clients.
Tom has the intelligence, the energy and the humor for this role, and
Jean-Marie has done a terrific job as his mentor."
Carroll began his career in 1978 at Mathieu, Gerfen and Bresner. In
1983, Tom met Jay Chiat and discovered his passion for creating big ideas.
He worked at Chiat/Day advertising in both New York and Los Angeles leading
the General Electric, Pizza Hut and Miller Brewing accounts. In 1989 Tom
founded Weiss, Whitten, Carroll, Stagliano, whose clients included Guinness
Import Company, Citibank and Rossignol skis. In 1995, Tom moved to MVBMS
where he was a partner, responsible for Dunkin Donuts, Evian, Oppenheimer
Funds and Universal Studios.
In 1999 he returned to TBWA, as President of the Los Angeles office. In
April 2001, Tom added the post of President of the Americas, overseeing the
network's operations in North and South America. He moved back to New York
at the beginning of 2002 to concentrate on his new role.
Tom was promoted to Vice-Chairman in 2004 and President in 2006. A year
later, TBWA was named Adweek's Global Agency Network of the Year in January
TBWA Worldwide (www.tbwa.com) creates Disruptive ideas for global
clients, including Absolut, adidas, Apple, Beiersdorf, Henkel, Infiniti,
Mars, McDonald's, Michelin, Nissan, Pernod Ricard, Pioneer, Samsonite,
Standard Chartered Bank, and Singapore Airlines. TBWA is one of the fastest
growing in the Top-Ten networks, and was named by ADWEEK as Global Agency
Network of the Year and by Creativity magazine as the most-awarded Agency
Network in 2007. TBWA has 258 offices in 75 countries, and approximately
11,000 employees worldwide.
TBWA Worldwide is part of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC)
(www.omnicomgroup.com). Omnicom is a leading global marketing and corporate
communications company. Omnicom's branded networks and numerous specialty
firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, digital and
interactive marketing, direct and promotional marketing, public relations
and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more
than 100 countries.
SOURCE TBWA Worldwide