Burnett Seeks a Successor to Berman

CHICAGO Publicis Groupe’s Leo Burnett has begun a search for a new U.S. chief creative officer to replace Cheryl Berman, according to the agency. Berman is expected to remain with the company as chairman.

The search is expected to take six months to a year, according to an agency representative. During that time, she will continue to lead the agency’s U.S. creative operations. Day-to-day creative oversight on the agency’s accounts will remain with seven group creative heads named last July.

Once a successor is found, Berman, 52, is expected to remain and take on a broader role within the worldwide agency, working with worldwide president Tom Bernardin, according to the shop.

In addition, the agency has promoted North American deputy chief creative officer Mark Tutssel, 46, to worldwide deputy chief creative officer, reporting to worldwide chief creative Miguel Angel Furones. Tutssel’s promotion is effective immediately. He will also participate in the search for Berman’s successor.

“Mark Tutssel is a world-class creative talent with a passion for creative excellence,” said Bernardin, in a statement. “His work speaks for itself, as does his ability to find and nurture great young talent. Mark is well qualified to follow in Miguel’s footsteps to lead stewardship of the Leo Burnett creative product into the future.”