BBDO New York Promotes Kirsten Flanik to President

By Erik Oster 

BBDO New York promoted Kirsten Flanik to the role of president, effective immediately. Flanik, who formerly served as managing director, will report directly to John Osborn, who has served as BBDO New York CEO (and, until now, president) for the past twelve years.

The agency does not plan to hire a new managing director in Flanik’s place.

Flanik joined BBDO New York as managing director back in July 0f 2006 to oversee the agency’s Mars account. She also runs BBDO New York’s pro bono Autism Speaks account, helped win back the Snickers account, works with clients such as Tropicana, ExxonMobil and FedEx and chairs the agency’s Women’s Leadership Council. Before joining BBDO she spent four years as group account director with BBH New York and held roles with Fallon and Cliff Freeman and Partners. 


“In a business that never stands still, I’m excited to take this next step at BBDO New York as we continue to expand and evolve our offering,” Flanik said. “I look forward to building on the strong partnership and teamwork that already exists between myself and John and the rest of the BBDO New York leadership team.”

Flanik’s promotion follows BBDO New York winning creative duties for health insurance company Humana and Subway last August and the following month. It also follows Omnicom CEO John Wren‘s pledge, made during a recent Q1 earnings call, to double the number of women in creative leadership positions at BBDO over the next 12 months.