Saatchi Names Deputy Chairman

NEW YORK Saatchi & Saatchi today named Richard Hytner to the new post of worldwide deputy chairman in charge of broadening the agency’s offerings and redefining its strategy and planning function.

Hytner, who is based in London and previously was chairman and CEO for operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, picks up the strategy leadership role from Kevin Dundas, who is leaving the Publicis Groupe agency after seven years [Adweek Online, Aug. 14].

Hytner’s regional leadership duties will shift to Jim O’Mahony, the chief executive for Asia, Australia and Latin America since March 2004. O’Mahony, who is based in New York, takes the new title of CEO for EMEA, Asia and Latin America.

Both O’Mahony, 51, and Hytner, 46, will continue to report to Saatchi global chief executive Kevin Roberts, 55.

Dundas, 44, had been worldwide strategy chief since January 2005. He was named to the role in October 2004, when Saatchi hired former Red Cell co-CEO Lee Daley to become chairman and CEO of the shop’s U.K. Group. Before that, Dundas had been CEO of Saatchi’s London office.

The global role involved regular traveling and after more than 20 years in the industry, Dundas said it was time for a break. “I’m traveled out,” he said on Monday.

Before Saatchi, Dundas held top posts at Foote, Cone & Belding in San Francisco, where he worked from 1995-99, and Saatchi in San Francisco, where he was from 1993-95. Earlier in his career, the planner spent four years at the London office of Young & Rubicam.