BBDO parachutes Jim Moser into Europe as St John Walshe named Americas CEO

BBDO has shuffled its regional management structure to name St John Walshe as chief executive of BBDO Americas and Jim Moser as chairperson of BBDO Europe.

Walshe is currently managing director of BBDO’s European business, where he leads the global Mars account. He will move to the US in 2019, taking over from Chris Thomas.

Thomas announced he would be stepping down from the role last month in order to be closer to friends and family in Australia and Singapore.

Meanwhile Jim Moser, currently chairperson of Clemenger BBDO in Melbourne, Australia, has taken on the chair role for BBDO Europe. He will relocate to AMV BBDO's offices in London next year.

Both will report into Andrew Robertson, president and chief executive of BBDO Worldwide.

Robertson described Walshe as “an exceptional people picker, talent developer and team builder”, adding that “he is restless, curious and innovative”.

Of Moser, he said: “He may be an American moving from Australia, but he loves Europe. And there is no more passionate believer in BBDO, its people and what we stand for than Jim.”