Wavemaker taps MediaCom's Toby Jenner for CEO role

Wavemaker has ended its six-month search for a global chief executive, appointing MediaCom's chief operations officer, Toby Jenner, to lead the business.

Jenner succeeds Tim Castree who departed at the end of December 2018 to take up the mantle of North American chief executive at GroupM.

Jenner will be tasked with leading Wavemaker’s 8,600 employees who manage $13bn in billings for blue-chip clients across 90 countries. He will report into GroupM’s global chief exec Kelly Clark and will transition from his current MediaCom role over the summer and begin his new Wavemaker role in September.

“Toby has been an outstanding contributor to our group’s growth for more than 15 years," said Clark. "In his 11 years at MediaCom, he’s been instrumental in the delivery of breakthrough client work, a winning streak on award circuits regionally and globally, and powerful business development performance.

“Toby is passionate about helping our clients win and is a fierce competitor for them, as well as for our business. He inspires our people to consistently exceed expectations and supports them in their own career development. He will be a strong leader with the very talented team at Wavemaker.”

Wavemaker is WPP's newest media agency, having launched in 2017 with the merger of MEC and Maxus. The agency claims that since conception its won 300 new clients, most recently landing Eurostar's global media brief.

Jenner brings with him experience across from across MediaCom, including stints as global chief business development and marketing officer for Asia Pacific, chief operating officer, and chief exec of Australasia.

He originally joined GroupM as managing director of MEC in the UK.