JWT’s King Takes Global Role at Kraft

NEW YORK Ros King, managing director of J. Walter Thompson’s London office, is heading to New York to succeed Ron Burns as the top executive on the agency’s global Kraft business.

King, 44, will become a global business director, reporting to worldwide chief executive Bob Jeffrey, an agency representative said. She’s expected to arrive in mid-May.

Burns, 59, whose last title was president for global business, is retiring after 34 years at the WPP Group shop. During his career, he held top posts in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia, working with clients such as Kraft, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Miller and Burger King.

“Ron has brought unlimited determination, integrity, humor and humanity and most importantly, success, to everything he’s done,” said worldwide chairman Peter Schweitzer, in an agency memo. “He has had an enormous positive influence in shaping our company to meet the challenges of multinational clients and globalization.”

The agency is seeking a successor to King in London, where she worked under U.K. CEO Simon Bolton.