Ian McAteer, managing director of The Union, has been elected vice-chairman of Worldwide Partners, the largest network of independent agencies in the world.
McAteer, was only appointed as deputy European chairman of Worldwide Partners in February.
In his new role, McAteer will collaborate with Worldwide Partners shareholders and its board of directors to direct long-term initiatives, create implementation strategies and promote the organisation as a viable network solution for partner agency clients and prospective middle-market clients.
McAteer will work closely alongside chairman Rick Milenthal of Ten United Columbus, Ohio, and will take over the role of chairman of Worldwide Partners in 2008.
Al Moffatt, president and CEO of Worldwide Partners said: “Ian has been an enthusiastic partner in our network for many years now, and across Worldwide Partners. The Union’s creativity and brand of Scottish passion has stood out. Ian will bring his experience of working on international accounts to the board.”
In 2009, the annual World Meeting for Worldwide Partners will be held in Edinburgh, which will be attended by over 100 representatives of the network.