Publicis North America CEO Andrew Bruce is rounding out his new executive team with the addition of Julie Levin as chief marketing officer. Levin, who joins the agency’s flagship New York office on Sept. 8, was chief growth officer at The Martin Agency since last August.
She succeeds Chris Shumaker, who last September was named North American CMO of the Interpublic network now known as FCB.
While Levin was at Richmond-based Martin, the agency won business like Stoli and Georgia Pacific’s Sparkle paper towels. Previously, Levin was head of business development at BBH N.Y. for nearly three years, during which time the agency landed Sony PlayStation’s global account. Prior to that role, she was managing partner, director of business development at mcgarrybowen, N.Y. when the agency picked up business from Verizon Wireless, Kraft Food and Pfizer. She has also worked in account management, running Revlon at Deutsch N.Y. and Gillette’s Venus brand at BBDO N.Y.
Publicis’ Bruce, who was named to his current role last December, said Levin’s mandate not only covers new business development but also organic growth from existing clients.
“She’s such a personality, so bright and driven with a lot of energy and has such a depth of experience with clients. She won’t just bring in new clients in but will continue to work with them,” he said.
Bruce also sees Levin’s role internally as one of understanding the network’s resources and sharing them across the agency as a way of having colleagues put them before clients and drive organic growth.
Levin is Andrew Bruce’s latest hire. In May, Dawn Winchester joined as Publicis North America’s chief digital officer from R/GA, where she was chief marketing services officer. Earlier in the year, Carla Serrano was recruited as chief strategy officer of Publicis Kaplan Thaler, after serving as CEO of Naked Communications.