BBDO MPLS Hires David Duncan as CSO

By Erik Oster 

BBDO Minneapolis announced the hiring of David Duncan as chief strategy officer.

Duncan arrives from Smiths Communications in New York, an agency he helped found and manage. His clients there included IHOP, Hershey’s EGShares, Everlast and Shaklee. Prior to helping to found Smiths, he held roles as managing partner at Grey Worldwide, global planning director at Leo Burnett New York and strategic leadership roles at Publicis and McCann. He has also held client-side roles as marketing director for Choice Hotels International and advertising manager for Canadian Airlines. 

“Uncovering brilliant strategic insights is what leads to brilliant creative,” said BBDO Minneapolis president and CEO Neil White. “In Dave, we have a chief strategy officer with a proven ability to uncover true, bankable, original insights. He will be focused on helping us create better processes and tools to identify and incubate innovation, the true heart of business growth today.”


“I’m excited to welcome Dave’s wide range of experience working on telecom, financial, technology, food and confectionery accounts,” added executive creative director Noel Haan. “And he’s a hockey nut, which is almost required of anyone moving to Minnesota.”