McCann New York Has a New Chief Strategy Officer

Colm Murphy served as co-head of strategy for Droga5

Murphy has also served in planning roles for JWT’s London and New York offices. McCann New York
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Colm Murphy is joining McCann New York as its new chief strategy officer after more than four years with Droga5, where he most recently served as co-head of strategy.

Murphy fills a vacancy left when Steve Zaroff, who served as chief strategy officer for both North America and McCann New York, left McCann in July of 2017 to join Ogilvy as U.S. chief strategy officer. McCann hired Lee Maicon to serve as chief strategy officer, North America in March.

“Colm is a bold thinker with demonstrated expertise in identifying opportunities for client growth,” Maicon said in a statement. “Under his leadership, I’m confident that our New York teams will continue to build on our success and strengthen the breadth of strategic thinking in a way that will move our agency, our clients and the industry forward.”

McCann New York president Devika Bulchandani added in the statement that Murphy “has an impressive and diverse mix of talent and experience building brands and businesses, and a human approach to how he leads teams.”

A Droga5 representative confirmed Murphy’s impending departure and said the agency wishes him the best.

Prior to joining Droga5 as a strategy director in 2014, Murphy served in planning roles for JWT’s London and New York offices, working with clients including Nestle, Kraft, Microsoft, Shell, Puma and Rolex.

Murphy’s arrival follows the departure of McCann New York senior vice president, group planning director Savanah Brihn, who joined Barton F. Graf as chief strategy officer in June.

@ErikDOster Erik Oster is an agencies reporter for Adweek.