McCann Hires North American President

Longtime SapientNitro exec Summy to take reins

McCann Erickson has hired digital exec Hank Summy as North American president, filling the vacancy left by former president Robert LePlae's mid-September exit, the agency announced Friday.

Starting in November, Summy, previously the managing director for SapientNitro's Eastern regional offices, will first focus on McCann's flagship New York shop. He will ultimately oversee all of McCann's eight locations across the United States and Canada.

Summy will report to McCann Worldgroup Chairman and CEO Nick Brien, who emphasized Summy's tech chops in a statement accompanying the news. "Hank has deep understanding and experience with modern day marketing whilst possessing the spirit of an entrepreneurial leader necessary to accelerate the transformation of all our North American agencies," Brien said.

Summy has worked at SapientNitro for 16 years.

McCann also promoted Patrick Lafferty to COO. Lafferty has worked at the network for slightly over a year as managing director of global brands, overseeing the account teams on its 15 largest global clients.