Chief Executive Officer
DDB North America
Wendy Clark is Chief Executive Officer of DDB North America.
Wendy Clark joined DDB in January 2016, leading DDB’s 18 offices and ~2,000 people across the U.S and Canada. In her first year as CEO, Wendy launched DDB Flex, the bespoke, cross-agency model customized for DDB/NA’s clients’ businesses, hired the agency’s first-ever CCO, and helped land 53 new business wins, including the U.S. McDonald’s business, the biggest win of the last decade for DDB/NA, which required launching “We Are Unlimited,” the new agency servicing the business.
Prior to DDB, Clark was President, Sparkling Brands & Strategic Marketing for Coca-Cola North America, leading their Strategic Marketing organization including Brand Strategy and Innovation; Media Connections, Investments and Assets; and Content and Design. Before joining The Coca-Coca Company, Clark was Senior Vice President, Advertising for AT&T.
Called “one of the most important women in advertising” by Advertising Age, Clark has earned numerous recognitions over the course of her career including the Matrix Award from New York Women in Communications, She Runs It’s Advertising Woman of the Year, and was named the Brand Refresher on Fast Company’s top ten list of innovative Business Disruptors. Clark’s efforts were formally recognized in 2007 upon her induction into the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement. Most recently, Advertising Age named Clark their Executive of the Year for 2017.
Clark is an advisory board member for the Peabody Awards and IDEO.org and a board director for the Ad Council and American Advertising Federation. She also sits on the board for David Yurman.
Chief Creative Officer
DDB North America
Ari Weiss joined DDB North America as Chief Creative Officer in February 2017. In his first six months, he led DDB Chicago to win Miller Lite and helped We Are Unlimited win its first Cannes Lion, contributing to 2,700% YOY growth at the festival for DDB NA. He’s also attracted some of the world’s best talent including: Toygar Bazarkaya (CCO for We Are Unlimited), Colin Selikow (ECD at DDB Chicago), Britt Hayes (Head of People at DDB/NA), and Eric Zuncic (Chief Strategic Officer at DDB/NA). In 2017 Weiss was named to Crain’s 40 under 40, Adweek’s Creative 100 and the 4A’s 100 People Who Make Advertising Great. He adds these honors to over 200 awards won for such storied brands as PlayStation, Axe, The NBA, Nike, FedEx, Guinness and Netflix – the latter for which he won the Cannes Integrated Grand Prix in 2016. Prior to DDB, Weiss worked at some of the industry’s most respected agencies including: BBH, Wieden & Kennedy, GS&P, BBDO, 180LA and Cliff Freeman & Partners.
Chief Strategy Officer
DDB North America
As Chief Strategy Officer of DDB North America, Eric Zuncic oversees a team of broad-brained thinkers and doers, responsible for setting the vision and ambition of our brands and the roles they play in culture. He leads an integrated team that’s comprised of business, product and social strategists as well as brand planners that believe creativity can transform business well beyond just advertising.
Prior to joining DDB, Zuncic was the Chief Strategy Officer at Crispin, Porter + Bogusky, where he oversaw award-winning work for Domino’s, Kraft, American Airlines, Hershey’s and Hotels.com. Zuncic’s diverse background includes client-side experience at GEICO and Unilever, a stint with global branding & design consultancy The Brand Union and time with independent creative agency Mekanism. His experience growing, building and inventing brands has spanned nearly every category, working with iconic partners such as Ben & Jerry’s, The North Face, Absolut, GlaxoSmithKline, Pepsi, Reckitt Benckiser, Jim Beam and the NFL. Additionally, he was part of the team that built the first-ever brand for the United States, Brand USA.
Zuncic is a graduate of the University of Richmond, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he studied Marketing, Innovation and Strategy. He serves on the Harvard Forum for Growth & Innovation, is an advisor to the Harvard iLab and The Advertising Research Foundation. He lives in New York with his wife and two children, Charlie and Ellen.
Chief of Staff
DDB North America
Catherine Locker joined DDB North America as Chief of Staff in January 2017. In the newly created role, she is responsible for administratively leading the North American leadership team for CEO Wendy Clark. One of her primary responsibilities is to jumpstart DDB Flex initiatives across 17 offices in the US and Canada, in order to build the connected tissue between the agencies and clients.
Prior to DDB, Catherine served as Director of Strategic Marketing at Coca-Cola, where she operated at the intersection of the Marketing and Talent Development disciplines to define, inspire and accelerate the transformation of marketing capabilities for Coca-Cola North America. Catherine joined Coca-Cola in 2006 as Global Brand Manager, Enhanced Hydration, building and growing value-added brands in the Stills portfolio. During this time, she led the global expansion of Glacéau Vitaminwater into 25 markets including Canada, Mexico, South Korea and South Africa, codifying and exporting the key elements that made the brand highly successful in the U.S. In 2012, she became the Director of Special Projects, delivering key initiatives to drive efficiency and effectiveness for Wendy, who served as President of the Global Sparkling Brand Center at the time.
Before that, Catherine held a variety of marketing roles at L’Oreal USA, Burt’s Bees and Miller Brewing Company. Catherine is also a reformed investment banker. She has a BA in Economics and French from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
President & CEO
DDB New York
Chris Brown serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of DDB New York, joining in September 2014. Brown brings to his new position 17 years of experience with DDB Worldwide, both in the UK and Australia. He was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of DDB Group Australia in 2012, after serving as Group Managing Director of DDB Sydney from 2007 to 2012.
Under his leadership, Brown created a nationally integrated offering centered around creativity, data and technology, effectively merging DDB Sydney and DDB Melbourne to form DDB Group Australia. The Group went on to win numerous accolades including Agency of the Year, PR Agency of the Year, Experiential Agency of the Year, Ad of the Year, Campaign of the Year and Best in Show at the IAB awards. In 2012, the agency won the prestigious Spikes Agency of the Year honor for Asia Pacific.
Brown has worked with a range of leading brands in his career, including Sony, Telstra, Tourism Australia, Unilever, J&J and Volkswagen. He was promoted to the Board of Management and Managing Partner of DDB Sydney at the age of 30, and Group Managing Director of DDB Sydney at the age of 33, with overall responsibility for DDB, RAPP, Mango, DDB Remedy and Tribal Worldwide. Brown has produced award-winning campaigns that have been recognized at the top shows around the world such as the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, One Show, D&AD, IPA and AFA Effectiveness awards. He was featured in AdNews 40 under 40 in 2008 and Campaign Asia-Pacific’s 40 under 40 in 2013. Brown also sat on the National Communications Council Board in Australia and was one of the participants in the “Male Champions of Change” initiative, committed to promoting gender equality within the industry.
Paul Gunning, a 13-year veteran of DDB Worldwide, is Chief Executive Officer of DDB Chicago, where he leads a staff of nearly 400 integrated advertising specialists. The agency prides itself on long-term client partnerships, innovative award-winning work and building deeper consumer connections to brands such as Capital One, McDonald’s, State Farm, and Mars, Inc.
Prior to assuming the DDB Chicago role, Paul served as DDB Worldwide’s Chief Digital Officer and Chief Executive Officer of Tribal Worldwide since 2008. As CEO of Tribal Worldwide, he headed a global network of over 60 offices and was very hands on with senior clients helping to guide them in the changing dynamics of the digital world. As Chief Digital Officer for DDB, Paul helped the agency expand its services and incorporate digital skills sets into DDB offices. In both roles, he maintained senior-level relationships with the Internet’s most powerful brands including Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Apple, and more.
Paul is an experienced and sought after speaker with a notable presence at international advertising, mobile and social media conferences and often quoted as a digital expert in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Businessweek. In 2012, Business Insider named him one of the top 20 most important people in Mobile Advertising. Additionally, he was a member of the first-ever, Mobile Jury at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity. In 2009, Paul was featured on the cover of Advertising Age when Tribal Worldwide was named to the Top 10 Global A-List. That same year, he was celebrated in Crain’s Business “40 Under 40” issue.
Before joining Tribal DDB, Paul held a variety of positions at interactive advertising agencies, hi-tech merchandising companies and promotions agencies. He worked as the director of business development for Siren Technologies, a company that brought a dynamic, interactive approach to retail merchandising and in-store communications via networked plasma displays. During his tenure with Siren, Paul also led the account teams serving the Sears, Roebuck & Company, Harris Bank and McDonald’s accounts.
In addition to his professional experience, Paul was awarded an MBA in Marketing from DePaul University in 1999.
Chief Strategy Officer
DDB North America
In 2014 John was elevated to Chief Strategy Officer of DDB North America. In his role, John is focused on creating inspiring and enduring brand platforms that merge cultural insights with the deep-rooted equities and beliefs of brands.
John joined DDB Chicago as Chief Strategy Officer in November, 2011. He was attracted to DDB’s creative strength combined with its progressive focus on creating a full range of communications and experiences for a new marketing world.
He came to DDB from Ogilvy New York, where he was Senior Partner, Managing Director of Planning, leading strategy on new business efforts and stewarding planning on key clients including American Express and Gap.
During his career, John has developed strategies and helped drive creative work for brands across nearly every product and service category – from Coca-Cola, Nasdaq and MasterCard around the world, to Staples, Lowe’s, Gap and Applebee’s around the corner.
Prior to Ogilvy, John was EVP, Chief Strategy Officer for McCann-Erickson New York where he co-led the 40-person strategy group for McCann’s flagship office. At McCann, John was also the global planning lead for 7 years on the award-winning MasterCard “Priceless” campaign – one of the largest, most successful advertising campaigns in history and across the globe. Priceless was awarded numerous Effies, Cannes Lions, and was forever entered into consumer vernacular and popular culture. John also led the charge on pitching and winning the US Army Business two times. He helped develop the “Army Strong” brand platform that contributed to the Army exceeding recruitment goals for five straight years.
Chairman & CEO
From his humble beginnings in Vancouver, Frank has created Canada’s most creatively acclaimed marketing communications agency and in the process, has changed the face of Canadian advertising. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the advertising industry, Frank has been inducted into the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends by the American Marketing Association and is a recipient of the Association of Canadian Advertisers’ prestigious Gold Medal Award. But it’s not only his abilities as an exceptional business leader that makes Frank unique. He is also a philanthropist at heart and a true believer in corporate social responsibility. In fact, he is a Founder of the National Advertising Benevolent Society (NABS) in Canada, and has provided his expertise and influence to numerous industry and charitable organizations. But for anyone who knows Frank (or has been on the receiving end of one of his famous practical jokes) knows he is a strong advocate for what he calls “FUNSHUI”, a.k.a. having fun at work. A graduate of the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University of Art and Design), Frank still enjoys painting in his free time.
President & Chief Operating Officer
Lance always wanted to get into advertising, finding the commercials more interesting than the shows – though this may be more a product of the quality of early 70’s television programming. Over the past 25 years, he has worked with many iconic brands, including Pepsi Cola, Coca-Cola, Kelloggs, Heinz, Moosehead, Unilever and Burger King. Uncovering a love and skill for brand and consumer strategy, while at Leo Burnett Canada, Lance transitioned from client service director to planning director, and has since spent his time infiltrating the consumer world – interviewing, shopping, eating and drinking with folks from all walks of life, as well as rummaging through their cupboards, closets and fridges. All of this research, helped Lance to uncover insights that inspired many breakthrough business building brand ideas. His creative output has resulted in the usual bevy of awards including the Clios, Lions, One Show and APG Planning awards. Most recently before moving back to Canada to join DDB in Vancouver, Lance resided in Minneapolis where he was the head of account planning for Campbell Mithum, overseeing strategy on the agency’s many packaged goods, retail, QSR and financial services clients. He is a sought after thought leader having spoken at many Canadian universities and conferences as well as teaching brand strategy, ideas and planning to the next generation of account planners at the Miami Art School. Lance is excited to have moved to DDB Vancouver to help guide the agency and clients to greater heights. He loves all sports, from playing pond hockey to tranquil fly-fishing. Most recently, he has taken to riding motorcycles and occasionally takes his sport bike out to the track where he terrifies his wife, prompting her to seek out additional life insurance policies.
DDB Canada, Toronto
Melanie joined DDB after working on the client-side at TD Bank Financial Group, where she was in charge of the mass and in-branch advertising for the bank and its affiliated companies. In addition to this financial experience, Melanie worked at Saatchi & Saatchi on Procter & Gamble’s Tide business and the Johnson & Johnson account. Prior to that, she worked for Grey Worldwide, on accounts such as Kraft General Foods, SmithKline Beecham and Canon. She has been involved in multiple award-winning campaigns that have garnered Marketing Awards, Bessies, Clios, and Cassies. When not working, she’s addicted to anything to do with design and decor. She is an avid reader of architectural and interior design magazines, and continually mentally modifies the decor of her home. In fact, should she ever win the lottery, she is well prepared with three binders full of tearsheets of ideas for her dream home.
DDB Canada, Edmonton
Suffice it to say, Helene has packed a lot into her career. Starting with a local Alberta agency, she built her skills in account service and media. In 1980 she founded her own agency, growing her local client base and network, and joined Palmer Jarvis as a shareholder and Director of Client Service in 1989. Instrumental in establishing the agency in the Alberta marketplace, she was promoted to Managing Director in 1997 and, following the agency’s merger with DDB, became President of the Edmonton operations in 2002. Under Helene’s leadership, DDB Edmonton has been recognized by its peers for its innovation and creativity as the most awarded agency in the market. Throughout her career, Helene has helped build many great brands with her work in the retail, corporate and government sectors. Helene has chaired the agency’s national Leadership Executive Team and currently sits on the Executive Committee of DDB Canada. Besides her role as Edmonton President, Helene is the agency’s national Chief Talent Officer, responsible for all people initiatives. Beyond the agency, Helene is a huge film buff and amateur critic. Indies, art films, and blockbusters – she sees them all.
Chief Creative Officer
Cosmo grew up in the disturbingly idyllic city of Cape Town, South Africa. Upon graduating from art college, he began his ad career at a small boutique agency. After a few years, he decided to travel and try his hand on the international ad scene. A short stint in London followed by a year in Dubai with Saatchi & Saatchi eventually led him to Vancouver where he joined Palmer Jarvis. During his time at PJ and now DDB, Cosmo has been fortunate to work with some of Canada’s greatest ad people, which has contributed to his work being recognized by all the major international and local award shows. Additionally he has been consistently ranked among the top creatives in Canada by Strategy Magazines Creative Report Card. Cosmo lives in Toronto with his wife and two children. When he’s not busy making ads, he can be found baking bread, painting or cycling with his kids in the forests – kind of like a modern day Captain Von Trapp.
Chief Creative Officer
John Maxham has served as Chief Creative Officer of DDB Chicago since early 2014. He oversees the creative product of the agency and its creative staff of over 100. Maxham joined DDB Chicago from Cole & Weber United in Seattle, where he was a Managing Partner and Executive Creative Director. There, he helped the agency grow its national and global stature, creating integrated campaigns for clients such as the International Olympic Committee and Microsoft’s Office Division. Maxham also led category-defining work for the Washington Lottery with the Department of Imagination campaign. Prior to joining Cole & Weber United, he served as Senior Vice President, Group Creative Director at DDB Chicago, where he led all creative work on AT&T.
Maxham’s advertising story began in New York, where he worked as a Copywriter at Lowe. There, he created famous work for UPS that repositioned it from a package delivery company to a business logistics leader. He also created iconic work for Heineken’s “It’s all about the beer” campaign. During the time of that campaign, Heineken vaulted to the #1 imported beer position in America. After moving to the West Coast, Maxham joined Team One advertising in Los Angeles and led the advertising launch of Boost Mobile in the U.S. Under his creative direction, and utilizing the memorable “Where you at?” campaign, Boost became the best selling youth mobile phone in the U.S. His brand experience also includes The Ritz-Carlton, Dell, IBM, Verizon, Jaguar, Lexus, Mont Blanc, Nissan, Del Monte, The Four Seasons, Dewar’s and Bacardi.
DDB New York
Stuart Hazlewood joined DDB New York as Chief Strategy Officer in 2009; he splits his time between existing clients and new business development.
A veteran of DDB New York, Stuart has also worked at agencies Euro RSCG, Ogilvy & Mather, Ammirati Puris Lintas and BBDO New York, where he was most recently a group planning director focused on helping Chrysler Corporation through its bankruptcy.
A 22-year veteran of the communications industry, Stuart has led consumer insight-driven planning efforts on many complex & multinational businesses. His experience in the auto industry includes Volvo cars globally, VW in the US and Japan, Ford Corporate planning, GMC Trucks brand repositioning in the mid-1990s, positioning Bentley after its split from Rolls Royce, pre-launch planning for the mark 1 Mercedes M-Class, and US planning director on Michelin tires. Stuart started his career in the UK working on the Austin Rover account; now, 23 years later, he is the global planning lead on ExxonMobil.
Other global planning assignments have included Compaq Computer, the re-positioning of Continental Airlines post bankruptcy, and Lenovo Computer Corporation’s global launch. He has extensive experience in categories as diverse as packaged goods, insurance, technology, consumer communications, financial services and entertainment. Since coming back to DDB, he has been heavily engaged with the Financial Services Roundtable pondering how to restore trust in the banking and insurance industries.
Stuart is an enthusiastic, if ill disciplined, amateur cyclist and racer. He lives with his wife and youngest daughter in Westport, CT. The household expands to five when his other two daughters return home from the University of Michigan.
Jack Perone serves as Chief Strategy Officer of DDB Chicago, joining in October 2014. Over his 28 year career, Jack has been known for his dynamic, thought-provoking style and strategic outlook on brands, business and the evolving world of consumer communications.
He previously served as VP, Director of Planning and Global Planning Director at J. Walter Thompson in Toronto and New York. During his eighteen-years at JWT, Jack has been at the forefront of strategic planning, managing an integrated planning department, overseeing key agency accounts and generating a number of key local and North American new business wins, including Tylenol, Motrin, Nestle, Canada Bread, Grand Marnier and University of Toronto, among others.
A multi-award winning planner, Perone is active in the planning community serving as a 2012 Effie Judge, a 2013 Cannes Young Marketer Judge and a 2014 APG Canada Board Member.
VP, Managing Director
DDB Canada, Montreal
After her studies at HEC Montreal, Monique was hired by consulting firm Raymond Chabot International and given the mandate of developing the firm’s business in Western Europe while consulting with numerous European companies wanting to establish their business in Canada. After seven years travelling around Europe, she accepted a new challenge at L’Oréal Canada where she created the External Relations department responsible for corporate communications and Public relations activities for all the group’s brands. She then took over the role of Brand Director for the Ombrelle Sun Protection line of products and later for the Maybelline cosmetics brand. Her 10 years at L’Oréal allowed her to uncover her true passion that is Marketing Communications which led her to move to the agency side. After a short stint at Publicis, she joined Nurun, Canada’s largest digital agency at the time where she led and managed the client service, strategic planning, creative, front end development and integration teams. She worked with major national clients in the retail, insurance and cosmetics industries. In 2007, she joined the ranks of ZenithOptimedia to develop and managed their Montreal operation. She worked closely with clients such as Ubisoft, Vichy, Pendopharm, Loblaws, Nespresso to craft their media strategies taking into account the rapidly changing and ever evolving media landscape. Monique joined DDB Canada in October 2014. Her assignment was to open and lead its Montreal office. A year later, she heads a team of 20 professionals and has successfully established the DDB name in this market. She and her team work with national clients including Volkswagen, McDonald’s, Economical Insurance and Belron to name a few. With close to 30 years experience, Monique is a seasoned marketer and communications professional with strong business acumen. She lives with her two daughters with whom she enjoys travelling the world. She also loves running and hiking with Whisky, her loyal Golden Doodle.
EVP, Co-Managing Director
DDB Canada, Vancouver
Patty landed in the Advertising and Communications world in 1992 with Cossette Communications, Toronto. Fresh out of Bishop’s University with a BA in Business, Patty cut her teeth working with the Scotiabank and McDonald’s Restaurants. Key highlights during that time were working on the launch of the Arch Deluxe (remember the Arch Deluxe?) and the McDonald’s 1996 Olympics program.
In 1997, Patty moved west, but continued her run with Cossette leading campaign strategy and execution for BCTEL/TELUS, MTS, and Seagate Software. But it was her love of results-driven big ideas that brought Patty to DDB Vancouver in 2000. Over the last 15 years, she’s been a strategist, leader, mentor, organizer, collaborator, and facilitator. While at DDB, Patty has lead the teams working with TELUS, the Canadian Tourism Commission, and BC Hydro. Most recently, Patty has helped secure new business wins with the Strategic Milk Alliance, Netflix and Capital One.
As EVP, Co-Managing Director of DDB Vancouver, Patty’s new responsibility, with her Co-MD, will be focused on continuing the positive momentum, growth and innovation of the Vancouver operation.
EVP, Co-Managing Director
DDB Canada, Vancouver
Michelle Kitchen is the EVP, Co-Managing Director at DDB Canada. She is a marketing communications business leader with over 25 years experience in driving change and business growth for agencies. Michelle has guided global, national and regional brands, and has a strong appreciation for brilliant creative and innovative ideas. She is instrumental in creating a culture of success by bringing energy, new approaches and operational expertise to the team. Her experience spans across an array of sectors including retail, fashion, travel & tourism, hospitality, automotive, telecommunications, financial and not-for-profit. Highlights of Michelle’s career include business leadership of the global efforts of the Canadian Tourism Commission to promote travel to Canada, the launch of Nordstrom into Canada, stewarding the Volkswagen brand and leading successful brand launches such as ING DIRECT and Air Miles, both reinventing their categories and utilizing Canada as their foray into the global market. Other prestigious brands on her roster include Bell, Canadian Airlines, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Manitoba Telecom, Nabisco, Petro-Canada and Royal Bank to name a few. Michelle enjoys travelling and entertaining and she is a fashion-enthusiast who can out power shop anyone. To keep up with her active young son she attempts her hand at tennis, squash, skiing, golf and water skiing along the way.
Director of Corporate Communications and North American Public Relations
DDB North America
Christie Giera serves as Director of Corporate Communications and North American Public Relations, where she is responsible for the agency’s strategic communications for DDB Worldwide.
Christie brings strong relationships with leading business and advertising publications, resulting in numerous media placements in outlets such as The New York Times, Fast Company, Bloomberg Businessweek, Crain’s New York, Forbes, Advertising Age, Adweek, MediaPost, as well as conferences and industry organizations including Advertising Week, 4A’s, ad:tech, IAB, and more.
Christie most recently worked at MEC, a global media agency, leading internal and external communications for the agency’s offices across North America. Prior to joining MEC, Christie spent three years with Publicis USA as Associate Director of Corporate Communications, serving on the PR team of the agency’s clients such as Charmin, Citi, TruGreen, T-Mobile, and others. She started her career in corporate communications at McKinney in Durham, NC and worked on campaigns for clients, including Sony Electonics, Audi of America, NASDAQ Stock Market, Virgin Mobile USA, Brown-Forman Industries’ Southern Comfort, Travelocity, and others.
Christie has worked on many of the top advertising campaigns, which have won industry awards at Cannes, One Show, One Show Interactive, D&AD, Yahoo! Purple Chair, ANDYs, Clios, Adweek’s Buzz Awards, and Effies. She is active in the advertising community as a member of Advertising Women of New York.
Chief Operating Officer
DDB Chicago and DDB San Francisco
Valerie Bengoa is a strategically oriented finance and operations professional who has been part of the DDB team since 1998. Currently, Valerie is Chief Operating Officer of DDB’s Chicago and San Francisco offices, and is responsible for agency operations and financial leadership for both.
As a member of Chicago and San Francisco’s leadership teams, Valerie oversees finance, accounting, human resources, information technology, real estate, and office management functions.
In the course of her career she has also occupied financial roles at Tribal DDB, Downtown Partners, Matrix and DDB Seattle. During her time at DDB Seattle as CFO, Val was the primary architect in restructuring that office’s operations and processes.
After a recent move from Chicago to San Francisco, Val and her husband Erik are getting acclimated to San Francisco life and reside in the city with their two-year-old daughter, Eva.