DDB Australia’s Chris Brown Takes New York CEO Role

Peter Hempel shifts to CEO of DDB Group

DDB has reached into its Australian group again to find a leader for its New York office.

Chris Brown, who since 2012 has been Australian CEO of DDB Group, is now president and CEO of New York. He succeeds Peter Hempel, who shifts to the new role of CEO of DDB Group, a larger collection of agencies that includes DDB, Tribal, DDB Remedy and Uproar@DDB. Hempel had run New York since 2005.

The office also found its creative chief, Matt Eastwood, in its Australian ranks, in 2010. Eastwood, however, has just left agency to become worldwide chief creative officer at JWT. He starts his new job next month.

So, as a new top suit heads to New York, the top creative is gone. Brown, a Briton who before Australia worked at DDB in London, will arrive in September. DDB North American president Mark O'Brien hopes to fill the creative role by early fall. Until then, Amir Kassaei, the New York-based global CCO of DDB, will lead the creative department.

Top accounts in New York include Johnson & Johnson, ExxonMobil, Unilever, Merck, Electrolux, New York Lottery and Cotton.