PHD appoints Malcolm Devoy to lead strategy across EMEA

By Rebecca Levy | Editorial Account Executive



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February 13, 2018 | 2 min read

Media agency PHD has announced the promotion of Malcolm Devoy to the newly created role of chief strategy officer, PHD EMEA. Devoy will be reporting to Ian Clarke, president of PHD EMEA and Mark Holden, worldwide strategy and planning director.

Devoy will hold overall responsibility for the quality of the strategic planning offered across PHD’s 47 offices in 36 EMEA countries. His role will seek to further develop the agency's connected network of strategic planning leaders as well provide active strategic planning and consultancy on a number of clients at PHD Global Business. Additionally, he will support business development.

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Ian Clarke, president of PHD EMEA, commented: “Malcolm will continue to deliver unparalleled strategic thinking that supports our global and local clients’ business growth. In addition, he will lead the ongoing development and advancement of PHD’s strategic operating system, Source, within our business for our clients.”

Devoy added: “This is a fantastic role at an agency network on top of its game. It has been an immense couple of years for PHD across the EMEA region. Given that PHD has a reputation for excelling in strategic thinking, this role creates an opportunity to take its work and reputation to the next chapter in its journey.”

Devoy joined PHD in 2012 as strategy director for PHD International (now PHD Global Business) and has worked on clients that include GSK, Unilever and Skoda. Prior to PHD he was head of innovation at Arena Media, and before that, Devoy spent seven years at UK digital agency, i-level.

PHD UK is a media planning and buying agency that is part of a global network of over 4,000 employees in over 80 countries.

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PHD is known globally as an innovator in communications planning and buying across broadcast, print, digital, mobile, social and emerging media and was named as the UK’s ‘Media Agency of the Year 2016’ at the Media Week Awards and as ‘Media Network of the Year 2016’ by Campaign magazine.

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