McCann Worldgroup has shifted Pablo Walker from president of Latin America and the Caribbean and promoted him to president of Europe, filling the role that Gustavo Martinez left open when he departed for JWT in February.
The shuffle will see Luca Lindner, who was promoted to president of McCann Worldgroup (a new role for the Interpublic Group agency) in December, hand over European responsibilities. As part of Lindner's larger role, he had taken over Europe when Martinez departed.
With Walker moving up, Fernando Fascioli will step in to succeed Walker as president of Latin America and the Caribbean. Fascioli had been serving as CEO of McCann Worldgroup in Chile. A replacement for Fascioli has not been determined yet; he will still have responsibility in the region while a replacement is sought, according to a spokesman.
"As we look at Europe, the need for clients across the region to reach diverse populations economically and culturally will increase," said Harris Diamond, chairman and CEO of McCann Worldgroup, in a statement. "Pablo's track record is one of proven success."
Walker has been at McCann for more than two decades. Prior to serving as president of Latin America and the Caribbean he was CEO in Chile. Meanwhile, Fascioli, prior to filling in for Walker as CEO in Chile, worked as the CEO and chief growth officer of McCann in Peru.
"[Fascioli] has an understanding of the entire Latin American and Caribbean region and has a solid track record engaging with clients and growing their brands," said Diamond in a statement.
The Interpublic Group agency employs 23,000 employees and has offices in more than 120 countries.
"I have seen Pablo successively take on more and more responsibility and each time rise to the task," said Lindner in a statement. "Similarly, Fernando has established through his leadership in Lima and Santiago that he is ready to take on a larger Worldgroup role."