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Leadership Lessons: DDB's global chief executive, Wendy Clark on her mentors and the importance of people


By Stephen Lepitak, -

October 6, 2019 | 3 min read

The Drum's Leadership Lessons podcast series hears from some of the leading industry bosses in media and marketing - in order to learn about their management styles and hear about the leaders and events that have inspired their success. In this episode, recorded live at The Drum Arms in New York during Advertising Week, Wendy Clark, DDB's global chief executive talks to editor Stephen Lepitak.

Wendy Clark

Leadership Lesson: DDB's global chief executive, Wendy Clark / DDB

During the interview, the former CocaCola marketer talks about how important it is that she concentrates on the people in the business and finding new talent to work at DDB.

"I've been at DDB now coming up four years and I've been in the global role for coming up two years and the time that it takes to recruit people, especially executives, takes quite a long time... we have a new chief creative officer starting in North America, Britt Nolan, he said no 10 times before he said yes. You have to believe that 'no' is a 'yes' waiting to happen," advises Clark in talking about recruitment.

Other topics discussed included leadership advice and experiences of management she shared from over her career as well as who her leadership mentors have been too.

Other Leadership Lessons interviewees have included InterPublic Group's chief executive Michael Roth, Publicis Groupe UK's chief executive Annette King, Havas Creative Group chief executive Chris Hirst and Rob Pierre, the chief executive of Jellyfish Group.

As well as listening to the interview below, The Drum's Leadership Lessons can also be downloaded on Soundcloud and by following The Drum's Apple podcast account.

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