Y&R Promotes McLean to North American CEO

NEW YORK WPP Group’s Young & Rubicam has added a new layer of senior leadership, naming agency veteran Gord McLean chief executive officer for North America under worldwide CEO Ann Fudge, the agency said.

McLean, 50, will be responsible for overseeing the agency’s six offices in North America, each now run by managing partners, Y&R said. Those managing partners will report to McLean.

McLean has worked at Y&R for 16 years, most recently as president of global client services for Y&R Brands, which also includes Wunderman, Landor Associates and other units.

He is the most senior executive on Colgate and ChevronTexaco, two of the agency’s global accounts.