Publicis Groupe’s Leo Burnett found a new creative leader inside its Chicago headquarters, naming Jordan Doucette to the role of chief creative officer, effective immediately.
Doucette reports to Leo Burnett Chicago president and chief strategy officer Emma Montgomery and Liz Taylor, the FCB and Ogilvy mainstay who joined the agency in May, holding the dual roles of global CCO and Publicis Communications North America creative lead.
Her promotion follows the departure of U.S. CCO Britt Nolan, who left the company in July to lead creative operations in North America at Omnicom’s DDB. A Leo Burnett spokesperson confirmed that the agency is not currently looking to fill the U.S. role.
“In naming a new CCO, our priority was to make sure we are igniting the creative culture that is alive and well at Leo Burnett. No one is better positioned for this than Jordan,” Montgomery said in a statement, calling Doucette “the evolution of what a creative leader needs to be in today’s environment.”
The new CCO, who joined Leo Burnett in January 2018, served as lead on the Kellogg’s and MillerCoors accounts, and will continue to do so in her new position. After winning the Coors Light account in a competitive review, the agency tied that brand to real-world “chill” moments in its debut campaign, which launched last month.
Moving forward, she will also work closely with Taylor to refine the creative product of the storied shop, whose longtime executive chairman Mark Tutssel announced his pending retirement in May.
In her own statement, Doucette called Leo Burnett “a creative solutions company that is continually transforming how we work to bring the best, most effective ideas to the table,” adding, “I’m most excited that this role will help me get closer to our clients and our teams to help shape not only the work, but how we work.”
Doucette joins a team of women in executive roles at Leo Burnett including Montgomery, Taylor, chief financial officer Anna Gomez, chief marketing officer Katie Newman, chief talent officer Billie Smith and head of production Veronica Puc.
Previously, Doucette worked as chief creative officer at the Toronto offices of Taxi, a wholly owned subsidiary of WPP’s Y&R, where she shaped campaigns for such clients as Pfizer, Mini Cooper and Canadian Tire. She also spent time as a copywriter and executive creative director at Canadian outposts of Grey and Edelman, respectively.
During her more than 16 years in the ad industry, Doucette’s work has been recognized by the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, The One Show and the Clio Awards, among others. She has also recently served as a judge at both Cannes and The One Show, and participated in Cannes’ See It Be It and Google’s Women Will programs, both of which look to create new career opportunities for ambitious young women.