Peter Drakoulias, global chief of staff at Draftfcb, has left the agency as it awaits the arrival of new chief executive Carter Murray in September. The global chief post was created for Drakoulias in November 2011; he reported directly to Laurence Boschetto, the shop's president, CEO who left that job in April and assumed a senior advisory role at the agency's parent Interpublic.
At Draftfcb Drakoulias’ focus was on merger & acquisitions and new business development, where last year he helped win SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, operator of SeaWorld and Busch Gardens.
Drakoulias is a former Deutsch partner, where he worked from 1994 to 2002, and served as president of dRush, an urban-focused marketing joint venture between hip hop impresario Russell Simmons and Deutsch. After that entity closed, he continued working with Simmons at Rush Mobile, where Drakoulias was CEO. It was later at his consultancy GAF Holdings that he began advising Draftfcb.
A proponent of industry diversity, Drakoulias founded the TORCH program in 1999, which gives underserved NYC high school students hands-on experience in communications and the arts.
Drakoulias confirmed his Draftfcb exit earlier this month, describing it as amicable, and said: “Moving forward, I’m keen to put my talents to work with like-minded people who share a passion for the ongoing transformation of the business formerly known as advertising.”