Publicis Taps Duo to Lead N.Y. Flagship Office

A year after becoming chairman and CEO of Publicis in New York, Douglas McMahon has rounded out his executive team, adding David Corr and Lance Paull as co-presidents and ecds.

The hires, effective today, are part of McMahon’s effort to bolster the creative product and revenue of the New York office, which claims $400 million in billings. “For a flagship office we’re modest in size,” said McMahon, 36. “We want to grow dramatically.”

Corr, 44, and Paull, 45, fill the spot vacated by Tony DeGregorio, who left in July to become chairman and chief creative officer at Tierney Communications, Philadelphia. Reporting to Mc Mahon, the duo will oversee New York’s 125 staffers, including the 20-person creative department. “We will work as a team with Doug to make a good agency great,” said Corr.

Together, they look to secure and grow existing ac counts, such as FujiFilm and L’Oreal, while aggressively pursuing new business in categories that include soft drinks and technology, said McMahon.

Corr, a copywriter, served from 1999-2000 as a group cd at TBWA\ Chi at\Day, New York, working on Absolut. He has also worked at Merkley Newman Harty (on BMW motorcycles and Champion, among others), Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos’ New York office and the former Grace & Rothschild.

Paull, an art director, formerly was cd and partner at Berlin Cameron & Partners, New York, leading efforts on Reebok and GM. Previously, he worked at Arnold, Boston (on Volks wagen’s Beetle), and the former Ammirati Puris, here. The team first met at Messner Vetere Berger McNamee Schmetterer/Euro RSCG in 1998, where Corr worked on J.P. Morgan and Paull worked on Volvo.