Stephanie Nerlich Joins Grey Canada as President & CEO

Accomplished Ad Executive Has Held Top Posts at Lowe Roche and BBDO

Mar 30, 2011, 11:13 ET from Grey

TORONTO, March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Jim Heekin, Chairman and CEO of Grey Group, today announced that Stephanie Nerlich is joining the agency as  President and CEO of Grey Canada, with offices in Toronto and Vancouver.  She brings 20 years of multi-channel communications experience, demonstrated leadership achievements at Lowe Roche and BBDO Canada and a track record as a champion of superior creative and client service.

"Stephanie Nerlich's energy, client focus and proven ability to deliver famous ideas that build brands will serve Grey Canada well," Jim Heekin said.  "She is a stellar addition to our team, committed to providing outstanding leadership and the best resources for our clients."

Stephanie Nerlich : A Seasoned Brand Builder Across Channels

Stephanie Nerlich has compiled an outstanding track record serving as President and CEO of Lowe Roche since October 2008. She led a portfolio of premium brands including Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, Nestle Purina, Audi, Miele and Mackenzie Investments.  During her tenure, the agency achieved significant growth, winning new business from Unilever, PartSource, a division of Canadian Tire, Crystal Head Vodka, Bento Nouveau and the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Nerlich spent more than a decade at BBDO Canada, rising to the post of Senior Vice President, Executive Managing Director.  

A pacesetter in integrated communications, she was part of the executive team that led BBDO's re-engineering from a traditional advertising agency to a multi-disciplinary communications solutions company.  She contributed to the success of such leading marketers as Pepsi, Frito-Lay, GE, Wrigley, FedEx, Mars Inc., Mitsubishi, Campbell's, Tropicana, Ontario Tourism and the Ontario Ministry of Health.

Stephanie Nerlich began her career as Marketing Manager at Fidelity Investments before entering account management at The Wolf Group and later JWT.  She is a founding board member of the Ad Women of Toronto.

Ann Nurock : Caps Successful Tenure

Ann Nurock, who has served as President and CEO of Grey Canada since 2008, has decided to leave the agency, capping a highly successful twenty-year career at Grey in North America and South Africa.  Ms. Nurock is considering a number of options outside advertising in Canada.

Jim Heekin said, "Ann Nurock has made immense contributions to Grey's success on two continents.  She has our gratitude and best wishes for much happiness as she conquers new worlds."

About Grey Canada

Grey Canada is a unit of Grey, the advertising network of Grey Group.  Grey Group ranks among the largest global communications companies.  Its parent company is WPP (Nasdaq: WPPGY).  Under the banner of "Grey Famously Effective Since 1917," Grey Canada serves many of Canada's and the world's best known companies:  Diageo, Eli Lilly, GlaxoSmithKline Inc, Playtex, Robeez by Stride Rite, Scotiabank International, South Coast BC Transportation Authority/TransLink, Special Olympics Canada, Warner Bros., WirelessWave, and Tbooth Wireless.  Website:

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