Dentsu International Global CEO Wendy Clark leaves the company

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A varied CV

A well-known advertising executive, she appears to have myriad career opportunities, given her resume, which includes stints in senior positions at Coca-Cola Co. and AT&T. She even dabbled in politics, taking unpaid leave from Coke in 2015 to work on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Clark is also known for championing progressive causes, recently tweeting his support for Stacey Abrams’ campaign for Georgia governor. Clark has traveled the world in his agency roles but calls Atlanta home.

In her previous role as President and CEO of DDB North America, Clark was recognized for expanding her relationships with clients such as Conagra, Johnson & Johnson and State Farm. Most memorably, she oversaw the creation of a bespoke agency for McDonald’s, We are Unlimited. But the account was later transferred to Wieden + Kennedy, and the agency was later integrated into DDB Chicago.

It appears his exit from DDB was also sudden: In an April 2020 earnings call held amid the pandemic and some customer losses, Omnicom Group Chairman and CEO John Wren referenced Clark’s departure, saying, “We were a bit shocked and discouraged when Wendy Clark decided she was going to move on in the midst of a crisis.

Tooth structure

Until now, Dentsu Group operated two branch networks: Dentsu Japan Network, which oversaw Dentsu Group’s operations in Japan; and Dentsu International, which managed the Dentsu Group’s operations outside of Japan.

London-based Dentsu International, formerly Dentsu Aegis Network, managed operations outside Japan, including former holdings of Aegis Media (the main unit of Aegis Group, acquired in 2013). In September 2020, Dentsu Group changed the name from Dentsu Aegis Network to Dentsu International.

The company, which has long been the main agency business in Japan, has invested heavily over the past decade to build a major international network.

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