Omnicom Media Group has confirmed the double appointment of Dan Clays and Tim Pearson to serve as OMG UK and OMD Group UK chief executive officers, respectively.
The twin promotions see Clays succeed Philippa Brown, now chief executive of PHD Worldwide, reporting directly to Mike Cooper, group chief executive officer EMEA & Asia Pacific. At the same time Pearson, former chief executive at Manning Gottlieb OMD, will report to Clays in his capacity as leader of both OMD UK and Manning Gottlieb OMD.
In his new role Clays will assume responsibility for all OMG UK clients and agencies, a reward for overseeing £200m of new business wins over the past 18 months.
Cooper commented: “Dan Clays and Tim Pearson are two of the industry’s finest leaders and have each demonstrated that in these transformative times speed, agility and innovation are key to success.”
Clays added: “I am excited to take on responsibility across four outstanding and distinctive agencies and also our exceptional Specialist Services. We will continue to embrace bold change to drive the growth of our clients’ business and create more opportunities for our talent across the UK.”
Pearson continued: “These are exciting times for media agencies and the opportunity to step up and assume responsibility for the entire OMD UK Group portfolio is one I’m going to relish. Both agency brands are strong and will continue to be independent of each other.”
In February Omnicom asked Hearts & Science chief executive officer Scott Hagedorn to head up its North America media buying division.