Wow, it’s that kind of day. Well, this is big news as we’ve received confirmation from Arnold and its parent company Havas that Pam Hamlin has been promoted to the position of global president/Arnold Worldwide, effective immediately. As a result, Hamlin replaces global CEO Robert LePlae, global CEO, who, after “a period of transition, will leave Arnold to pursue other interests.”
Regarding the appointment of 15-year agency vet Hamlin, Havas chairman Yannick Bolloré, “I’ve had the opportunity on numerous occasions to spend time with Pam and the leadership team of Arnold Worldwide. They are a passionate and talented group of leaders, and David and I are confident in their dedication to clients and their expertise in delivering creative ideas that drive business.” At this point, we’re not sure if LePlae’s departure has to do with losing Volvo (and judging from the Spy line, don’t even know if it was amicable) but we’ll take the “transition” explanation for the time being. The former global CEO spent just 15 months at Arnold after serving as North American president at both McCann and TBWA for a couple of years.