Brymer Follows Kaess as DDB CEO

NEW YORK Omnicom Group today named Chuck Brymer, group chairman and group CEO of Interbrand, to succeed Ken Kaess as worldwide president and CEO of DDB.

At the same time, Bob Scarpelli, worldwide chief creative, has added the title of worldwide chairman.

In that role, Scarpelli, 53, succeeds Keith Reinhard, who becomes chairman emeritus.

Brymer, 46, has been chairman and CEO of Interbrand, a global branding and design consultancy, since 1994. Before that, he was president of its U.S. operations. He joined Interbrand in 1985, from the New York office of BBDO.

Succeeding Brymer as CEO of Interbrand is Jez Frampton, who previously was CEO of the shop’s London office.

Kaess, who died of cancer last week at the age of 51, had a hand in selecting his successor.

“One of Ken’s legacies as a CEO is the management team, including the executive committee, he assembled at DDB. The appointment of Chuck will carry on that collaborative spirit,” said Omnicom CEO John Wren, in a statement. “Chuck’s diverse experience within advertising and marketing services and his recognition that all great work stems from a powerful idea made him the obvious choice to lead DDB.”

Kaess, a 20-year veteran of DDB, had held the top job since 2001.