Before joining the Dentsu Aegis company, Johnson’s most recently was with WPP as team director, where she led cross agency initiatives with JWT, Ogilvy, Landor, Burson Marsteller, Mindshare, and Geometry. She joined WPP in 2005, where she most notably served as worldwide managing director of Ogilvy London on BP Fuels, WWF, Pernod Ricard, and Motorola. She helped to expand Ogilvy’s capabilities in social, content, customer engagement and digital media.
Johnson joins Laurel Flatt, president of McGarryBowen Chicago, and Marianne Besch, managing director and executive creative director of McGarryBowen San Francisco, as leadership of McGarryBowen’s US offices, meaning each of their offices will be led by women.
Johnson said: “I was impressed by both the range of talent and the client roster at McGarryBowen. You can sense a huge momentum in the halls at McGarryBowen. This felt like the ideal time to join the agency and help translate all that energy and momentum into creating great work for wonderful clients.”
Pearce said: “Angela has a rich background in bringing impressive, record-breaking results for her clients and creating innovative models for cross collaboration around the globe. Furthermore, she is a dynamic and talented leader known for her strong track record of driving client growth and for her keen ability to build truly integrated and high-performing teams. As we celebrate a strong year for new business and growth at McGarryBowen, we couldn’t be more thrilled than to cap the year by welcoming Angela to our agency family to help us chart the next chapter for McGarryBowen New York.”
Johnson shared that she is a passionate champion of building the most representative, inclusive talent mix at both the agency and industry levels. She served on the board of the Chicago Advertising Federation, where she created an agenda focused on diversity and inclusion.
“The industry is changing more rapidly than ever before,” she said. “We now need to focus on an inclusive talent mix and solutions to meet the challenge of integrating data and tech. I plan to build an agency to ensure that these challenges are met head-on.“
McGarryBowen's new president joins an agency that just announced wins on Verizon's B2B business and Planters, and acquired independent San Francisco agency Swirl. Johnson will start her new role in New York in January 2018.