Dudreck Fills New Global Post at Burnett

CHICAGO Leo Burnett Worldwide has promoted Tom Dudreck to president of multinational accounts, a new position, the agency said.

He was previously chief operating officer of the agency’s U.S. operations.

In the new post, Dudreck, 51, will be in charge of the agency’s multinational business strategy and operating plans, working with regional managers and global account heads on staffing, systems and resources. He will report to Leo Burnett Worldwide CEO Tom Bernardin.

Dudreck will continue as chief operating officer of Leo Burnett USA until December, at which time those duties will be absorbed by U.S. president Rich Stoddart and the rest of his U.S. operating team, according to an agency representative.

“Tom has decades of experience leading the Philip Morris business. Couple that with his learnings as chief operating officer and I have no doubt he is the right person to focus on the needs of our multinational clients across the Leo Burnett network,” Bernardin said in a statement. “Tom is the utmost professional, and I value his insight and leadership everyday.”

In addition to being COO, Dudreck had served as director of account management. Succeeding him in that post will be John Sheehy. Sheehy, 39, will continue to lead the agency’s Kellogg Co. business in the U.S.