Mcqueen Postpones Early Retirement Plans, Resumes Presidency Of Ackerman Network




DALLAS – Ackerman McQueen chairman and chief executive officer Angus McQueen is once again president of the Oklahoma City-based agency, reflecting a change in his plans to retire early.
McQueen, 53, relinquished the presidency two years ago to Irving, Texas, office managing director Tom Millweard. Millweard, designated previously by McQueen as AM’s future chairman, resumes his previous duties as executive vice president.
According to agency sources, Millweard now shares the No. 2 position at AM with executive vice president and group managing director Melanie Hill. Hill leads the Tulsa, Okla., and Colorado Springs, Colo., operations, as well as the shop’s Mercury Group subsidiary in Washington, D.C.
McQueen said Millweard remains in the “catbird seat” for eventual succession to chairman. Such a move would not occur until well into the next decade, with McQueen’s decision to extend his tenure.
“For a time, I thought I would be working in a transition period for four or five years,” said McQueen. “But I wanted to be fair and clear to everybody . . . that I intend to stay very active in this business for another 10 years.”
McQueen said none of the executive moves have changed the agency’s commitment to the Dallas market as a growth center or the North Texas area’s future as AM’s possible future headquarters when he leaves.
The $140 million agency increased billings by 14 percent last year and has seen major growth from clients like Premier Parks, Bruns-wick and Williams Cos. in the last few years, according to McQueen.
The shop is considering opening a New York branch of Mercury, and has added two new executives to its Irving location. Henry Lewczyk Jr., formerly of Levenson & Hill in Dallas, was named senior vice president of strategic planning and Frank McGinn was appointed senior vice president of research. McGinn was formerly manager of worldwide market research for Dallas-based Texas Instruments.