MDC Partners Hires WPP’s Randy Duax as Senior Vice President of Talent and Recruiting

By Erik Oster 

Holding company MDC Partners (CP+B, 72andSunny, Doner, etc.) hired Randy Duax as senior vice president of talent and recruiting, effective immediately.

In the newly-created position, Duax will be tasked with leading MDC Partners’ recruiting practice, as well as retaining its talent worldwide. Based in New York, he will report directly to MDC Partners chairman and CEO Scott Kauffman.

“No industry is more dependent on talent than ours, and we are highly proactive in ensuring that MDC and its agencies attract the very best, most entrepreneurial and most creative talent in the world,” Kauffman said in a statement.  “With the addition of Randy to our team, we are further enhancing our talent expertise to meet the expanding needs of our agency partners and their clients, ensuring that MDC remains ‘The Place Where Great Talent Lives.'”

Duax joins MDC Partners from WPP, where he spent the past two years as talent director, Asia-Pacific, responsible for senior executive recruitment across the region and overseeing teams in Singapore, Tokyo, Shanghai and Sydney. Prior to that position he spent two years as vice president, executive recruitment out of New York, overseeing senior executive recruitment in North America. Before joining WPP he spent eight years with Howard Sloan Keller, including a year as managing director.

Duax’s hire follows the arrival of Khartoon Weiss as senior vice president, business development last September and the holding company’s acquisition of Swedish agency Forsman & Bodenfors this June. 

“I’ve always been drawn to the most fast-paced and high-demand areas for transformative talent acquisition, which is why my career has revolved around digital innovation and executive leadership in the States and in Asia,” Duax said.  “As a network enjoying significant global momentum, MDC is unique for its partnership model and its collection of entrepreneurial, diverse and creative talent.  MDC is doing something very different and I’m thrilled by the incredible opportunity to contribute to its rapid ascent.”