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 happy." 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 2007. 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.
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