McCann’s Allen, McLaren Get Global Posts

NEW YORK Interpublic Group’s McCann Worldgroup said it has promoted two senior executives to the new position of worldwide director, global accounts.

Kevin Allen and Michael McLaren were both executive vice presidents at the company, with the former based in London and the latter based in New York. Their locations will remain the same as will their reporting to McCann Worldgroup CEO John Dooner.

Nestle, Unilever, Microsoft, L’Oreal, Coca-Cola, Intel and Johnson & Johnson are among the company’s multinational accounts. Allen will supervise European-based global business and McLaren will oversee U.S. global business of those clients.

In a statement, Dooner said, “Over the past five years, each of the Worldgroup companies has achieved leadership in its discipline. These appointments are key to the next stage of our growth—consistently bringing the right mix of our capabilities together to deliver powerful marketing results for our clients.”

McCann’s worldwide account directors on these accounts will continue in their roles, but Allen and McLaren are charged with facilitating global resources from agency disciplines to service the accounts, Dooner said.

Allen, 50, moved to McCann London after two years as chief growth officer for IPG. He worked as the company’s corporate development head for its Europe, Middle East and Africa regions, based in London in 2000. He joined McCann in 1992 from then Ketchum Advertising.

McLaren, 41, joined the company six years ago from WPP Group’s Ogilvy & Mather in New York. His responsibilities have focused on the agency’s technology accounts, having run Microsoft and most recently Intel.