Weber Shandwick chief creative officer James Warren departs as Gabriela Lungu is named first CCO EMEA

By Angela Haggerty | Reporter

September 19, 2013 | 2 min read

Weber Shandwick's chief creative officer of digital, James Warren, has left the PR firm and Gabriela Lungu has been appointed its first chief creative officer for EMEA.

Appointment: Gabriela Lungu has been named CCO EMEA

The Drum understands that Warren left the agency earlier this week as it was announced that Lungu, who joined the agency seven months ago as EMEA consumer practice leader, would take up the new role, which covers the UK.

“James was an early evangelist for digital in our business,” the agency said in a statement. “Now, with our digital business firmly established, a growing senior team, award-winning campaigns and expanding client base, James has decided to explore new career opportunities.

“We wish him well and thank him for his contribution over nearly a decade.”

Announcing Lungu's appointment, Colin Byrne, Weber Shandwick EMEA and UK CEO, said: “As consumer practice leader for EMEA, Gabriela’s passion and objective right from the start has been to promote a culture of creativity.

“In her new role of chief creative officer, UK and EMEA, she will now be able to do this formally and for the entire agency.”

Meanwhile, UK group MD of brand marketing, Rachel Friend, will take on Lungu’s former duties by the end of the year and Fiona Battle, who recently joined Weber Shandwick as senior digital and content creation strategist, will take on the role of head of EMEA digital practice.

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