DDB Worldwide announces new management structure in Asia Pacific

By afaqs! news bureau , afaqs!, New Delhi | In Advertising | September 21, 2015
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Madhukar Kamath, group CEO and MD, DDB Mudra Group in India, will now report directly to Chuck Brymer, CEO, DDB Worldwide.

DDB Worldwide, part of Omnicom Group has announced a new management structure in the Asia Pacific region. John Zeigler currently chairman and CEO, DDB Asia Pacific India and Japan has announced his retirement from the agency. Effective October 1, he will take on the role of Chairman Emeritus, DDB Asia Pacific.

John Zeigler

Chuck Brymer

Madhukar Kamath

David Tang, who currently leads DDB Group Singapore, has been appointed CEO of DDB Asia. Tang will be responsible for managing DDB offices in Southeast Asia, Greater China, Japan, and Korea. He will report to Chuck Brymer, chief executive officer of DDB Worldwide. Madhukar Kamath, group CEO and MD, DDB Mudra Group in India, will now report directly to Brymer as will Marty O'Hallaran, chairman and CEO, DDB Group Australia and New Zealand.

Commenting on the development, Madhukar Kamath says, "Since the acquisition of the Mudra Group by DDB in November 2011, it has been a fascinating growth journey. As part of the DDB AsiaPacific network, we learnt a lot from John, Marty, David and the rest of the team in APAC. I now look forward to working closely with our Global CEO Chuck Brymer. For my colleagues and me, this new reporting structure underscores the importance of the DDB Mudra Group and the immense potential for growth in India."

Said John Zeigler, "I have worked with many talented people, and the time is right for these same people to continue to drive DDB Asia Pacific forward. DDB has been my extended family for so long, and I will always think of it with fondness, pride and admiration."

Brymer commented, "John has been a terrific partner for both DDB and myself. He contributed an enormous amount to our agency's growth in terms of our people, our work and our clients. We wish him well in his new endeavors. I also look forward to working closely with our colleagues in India, Asia, Australia and New Zealand."

The DDB Mudra Group consists of 10 agencies whose service offerings include advertising, media, out of home, experiential marketing, digital marketing, data driven marketing, healthcare and development communications, retail and shopper marketing, trade marketing and branding services.

Some of the brands the group is associated with include - Aircel, Aditya Birla Group, BookMyShow, Castrol, Dabur, Fastrack, Future Group, Google, Gulf Oil, ICICI Lombard, Johnson & Johnson, Lipton, Marico, Nike, Pepsico, Red Bull, SET MAX, Star India, TATA Tea, Unilever, USL Diageo, Volkswagen, Wildcraft etc.

Founded in 1949, DDB is part of the Omnicom Group (NYSE) and has more than 200 offices in over 90 countries with its flagship office in New York, NY. Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE - OMC) is a global marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom's branded networks and specialty firms claim to 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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