Carat Fills Client Leadership Role With Michael Epstein

Will oversee all U.S. account teams

Carat has filled its chief client officer role with chief strategy officer Michael Epstein. 

The position has been vacant since Steven Feuling left the post in late 2013; he's since been named CEO of Vizeum in the U.S. Epstein will assume CCO responsibilities and retain his CSO duties. 

As client chief, Epstein will overseeing client teams across the U.S. in Carat's offices in New York, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles and San Francisco. He will continue to oversee the agency's strategy, insights and intelligence, and convergence planning teams, and carry on reporting to U.S. and global Carat president Doug Ray.

"As we help our clients evolve to meet the demands of today's convergent media landscape, strategic leadership is required to connect their business objectives with innovative media solutions across our account teams in the U.S.," said Ray, in a statement.

Epstein's strong leadership skills with clients and ability to challenge conventions made him a natural candidate for the job, according to Ray. 

After joining the agency last year as Carat's first chief strategy officer, Epstein helped the agency grow new business with Danone and MasterCard and innovate.

Before Carat, Epstein was president of strategic resource and client services at Mindshare. There, he was responsible for overseeing digital media services in North America, new business, multicultural and promotions, and key client relationships.