DDB North America Names Its First Chief People Officer

Britt Hayes will report to CEO Wendy Clark

She formerly held creative services roles at JWT and McCann. DDB
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DDB North America hired Britt Hayes to fill the newly created position of chief people officer.

In the role, Hayes will oversee talent and development programs, diversity initiatives and recruitment, working closely with leaders from the network’s 17 North American offices while reporting to DDB North America CEO Wendy Clark.

“At the very core of our business is people. Nothing works in our agencies, or in our industry for that matter, without talented people and the bright ideas and brilliant work they create,” Clark said in a statement. “Britt is a proven and accomplished business leader. Her ability to identify, nurture and develop talented people to create the best work of their careers is exactly what was so compelling about having Britt join us at DDB. I am genuinely delighted to welcome such a talented woman and leader to our executive team.”

Hayes said she’s thrilled to be joining DDB “at such an exciting time.”

“Wendy, Ari and the leadership team have such a clear vision for the modern agency model, and I’m honored to be part of building a team with so much momentum behind it,” she added.

Hayes joins DDB from Grey Group, where she has spent a little over a year serving as executive director, creative management, following over five years with JWT as director of creative management and head of creative talent. She arrives at DDB with 18 years of related experience, and she was on The Adweek 50 list of top influencers for 2012 while at JWT.

Hayes’ appointment follows the arrival of Ari Weiss as DDB North America chief creative officer in December and the announcement last month that Toygar Bazarkaya would join DDB’s dedicated McDonald’s unit, We Are Unlimited, as CCO beginning on May 15.

@ErikDOster erik.oster@adweek.com Erik Oster is an agencies reporter for Adweek.