It has been announced today that New Zealand based Marty O’Halloran has been appointed to global CEO of DDB Worldwide.
Marty O’Halloran, is currently the CEO of DDB Group Au/NZ and has been leading the creative agency to success for many years.
In his new role, O’Halloran will oversee operations across the global network, leading an international team of more than 10,000 people in over 200 offices across 90 countries. O’Halloran most recently served as Regional Chairman and CEO of DDB Group across Australia and New Zealand, a position he has held since 2005, based predominantly out of the Auckland office.
Says O’Halloran: “When I started at DDB many years ago, I never imagined that one day I would become the global leader of one of the industry’s most famous brands. But throughout my career I have worked with many amazing leaders, like Chuck, who believed in me and have guided and encouraged me to chase my wildest dreams, resulting in this incredible opportunity.”
He hopes his appointment shows what is possible to achieve from our part of the world. “I never chased the big roles overseas because it was always my belief that we could build the best agency in the world here in New Zealand and Australia – you didn’t have to be in New York or London to be the best. I think our team down here has proven that, and now it’s my privilege to take that learning and apply it on the global stage,” he says.
“Marty has a remarkable track record and a relentless focus on adding value. With his guidance and leadership, DDB has become a creative force across Australia and New Zealand,” says Chuck Brymer, Chairman of DDB Worldwide. “Marty knows that creativity is the most powerful force in business, and has a reputation for delivering long-term success for our clients.”