MEC Promotes 2 Employees in Top Management Shift

Bowden, Cortizo-Burgess get new roles

Initiative U.S. chief strategy officer Pele Cortizo-Burgess

The GroupM media network MEC is making changes to its top management team: Stuart Bowden, formerly joint CEO of MEC in the U.K., is the new global chief strategy officer while Pele Cortizo-Burgess, global integrated planning director, moves into the new role of global chief creative officer.

Bowden, based in London, steps into the role previously held by Melanie Varley, who retired last March. As a result of Bowden's move, Jason Dormieux becomes sole CEO for MEC in the U.K.

Bowden has had a range of industry jobs spanning media agencies and the client side. He's been joint CEO at MEC London for the past two years and previously served as managing director of the office. He has also had top management and planning roles at Vizeum, Mediaedge and BT.   

Cortizo-Burgess, who remains based in New York, joined MEC in 2012 from Grey North America, where he was chief strategy officer working for clients like P&G, Diageo, Pfizer and Canon. He has also worked for ITV in the U.K., Saatchi & Saatchi New Zealand, St Luke's in the U.K., and U.S. agencies Goodby, Silverstein & Partners and TBWA\Chiat\Day.

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