M&C Saatchi worldwide chairman Tom Dery is stepping down from the role after nine years.
Dery was a key player in growing M&C Saatchi’s global presence and founded the Australian, Asian and West Coast US businesses.
He will remain in his role as chairman of M&C Saatchi Australia, the agency he founded in 1995.
Maurice Saatchi, M&C Saatchi co-founder, said in a statement: "Tom Dery is a legend in advertising and deservedly so. He is the creator of many highly successful and respected companies in our network. We are proud and privileged to have shared in his historic personal achievements.”
Dery is highly regarded in the Australian advertising industry, where he was a founding partner of iconic agency The Campaign Palace and a founder of Whybin Dery & Barnes - which later became TBWA. He also served as executive chairman of M&C Saatchi Asia Pacific, managing director of DDB Melbourne, and worked client side for Qantas and Ansett.
Dery said, “I’m delighted to be continuing to work with the Australian business and doing everything I can to assist [M&C Saatchi Australia CEO] Jaimes Leggett and his management team. The past nine years as worldwide chairman and thirteen years as chairman of Asia Pacific have allowed me to establish and nurture some very dear relationships with our clients and people.”
M&C Saatchi is yet to announce a successor for the worldwide chairman role.