Wendy Clark, Global CEO, DDB Worldwide
Wendy Clark was named CEO for DDB Worldwide in February 2018, leading 200 offices in 100 countries and more than 11,500 associates globally, following her successful tenure leading a turnaround as CEO of DDB North America. In her three years at the agency, Wendy has launched DDB Flex, the bespoke, cross-agency model customized for DDB’s clients’ businesses. She has also driven a renewed sense of new business winning helping to land over 32 pitch wins, including Volkswagen, McDonald’s, Johnson & Johnson, AT&T, Kellogg’s, Miller Lite and the U.S. Army, to name a few.
In addition, Wendy has transformed the agency’s leadership team with marquee hires, including NA CCO Ari Weiss, NA CSO Eric Zuncic, Chief People Officer Britt Hayes, NY CCOs Lisa Topol and Derek Barnes and CSO Susie Lyons; Chicago CSO Tricia Russo; Canada CEO/CCO Brent Choi; We Are Unlimited’s CEO Mark Mulhern and CCO Toygar Bazarkaya; SCJ global business director Nancy Shamberg; and Velocity’s global president Audrey Melofchik, to name a few.
Prior to joining DDB, Clark held executive roles at The Coca-Cola Company as President, Sparkling Brands & Strategic Marketing for Coca-Cola North America and global SVP Integrated Marketing Communications where her team’s work was recognized by the coveted Cannes Marketer of the Year award in 2013. Prior to joining Coke, Clark was Senior Vice President, Advertising for AT&T where she led the $1B+ rebranding of the company to the New AT&T.
Called “one of the most important women in advertising” by Advertising Age, Clark has earned numerous recognitions over the course of her career including the Matrix Award from New York Women in Communications, She Runs It’s Advertising Woman of the Year, and was named the Brand Refresher on Fast Company’s top ten list of innovative Business Disruptors. Clark’s efforts were formally recognized in 2007 upon her induction into the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement. Most recently, Advertising Age named Clark their Executive of the Year for 2017.
Clark is a board director for Effie’s Worldwide, Ad Council, American Advertising Federation and David Yurman, LLC.