Other Changes Within PentaMark Could Hint at Clark Successor
DETROIT–Mike Webster has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer at Ross Roy Communications, a subsidiary of BBDO Worldwide.
Webster, who has been with the Bloomfield Hills, Mich., agency for 18 years, will be responsible for managing most of Ross Roy’s operations, said Tim Copacia, president and chief executive officer of Ross Roy. The position had been vacant.
Separately, Jack Oliver has been promoted to executive vice president, managing director of global services at the agency. In this new role, Oliver will assume responsibility for all global services agency personnel, including management and coordination of 18 regional offices throughout the world.
Oliver, who has been with the company for 25 years, will continue to manage Ross Roy Mexico and will also oversee Ross Roy Canada, Copacia said.
Meanwhile, several promotions within the agency’s network could, according to sources, hint at succession plans for Tom Clark, president and chief executive officer at PentaMark, the unit that oversees BBDO Worldwide’s three Detroit-area agencies.
Dick Johnson, previously president of BBDO Detroit, was promoted to chairman and chief creative officer at the agency. John Hammond, formerly executive vice president, was named president and chief executive officer, and now reports to Johnson. David Jones, who was also executive vice president, has been elevated to vice chairman.
Clark is expected to retire from the PentaMark presidency within three years and become chairman. Hammond and Jones both served as executive vice presidents and managing directors under Clark at PentaMark before returning to their new duties at BBDO.
Separately, Ross Roy was recently awarded DaimlerChrysler’s worldwide international catalog assignment. That assignment led to the promotion of Fame Royer to vice president and account director for the Asia-Pacific division at Ross Roy. Royer will manage several offices, including Tokyo and New Zealand.
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