IPG Appoints Chief Growth Officer

NEW YORK Interpublic Group said it has named Margie Altschuler executive vice president and chief growth officer. She succeeds Steve Centrillo, who took that post in May but left three months later to become president and CEO of IPG-owned Foote Cone & Belding in New York.

Altschuler had for eight years been global chief growth officer at IPG’s McCann Worldgroup, following three years as new business director at McCann Erickson here.

An agency representative said Matt Weiss has absorbed many of her responsibilities with his November promotion from director of new business at McCann Erickson to chief growth officer for McCann Worldgroup USA [Adweek Online, Nov. 8].

Altschuler, who reports to IPG CEO Michael Roth, will focus on organic growth and collaboration across disciplines and operating companies.

In a statement, Roth said she “brings a wealth of experience, a strategic approach and a real understanding of what clients need in today’s marketing environment.”

In January, Chris Shumaker, formerly head of new business development at WPP Group’s Grey North America, will join IPG under Altschuler as svp of North American network development, but sources said he would jump to FCB in a new business role shortly thereafter.

FCB declined comment on Shumaker, who has been sitting out since July, when he resigned from Grey, in accordance with his WPP contract that expires next month.

Before joining McCann, Altschuler held senior positions at JWT, Citibank and FCB, all in New York.