DDB Worldwide Names Alex Lubar Global CEO and Chairman

There is new leadership at the helm of DDB. Alex Lubar is taking over as global CEO of DDB Worldwide from Marty O’Halloran, who will be transitioning to a chairman role, after nearly 40 years with the agency, as first reported by Ad Age.

This transition follows a series of moves in the agency’s leadership this year. DDB North America’s CEO Justin Thomas-Copeland departed from the network earlier this year. Other executives such as the DDB New York’s president, Darla Price, and DDB Chicago’s CEO Andrea Diquez also departed for Ogilvy and Gut, respectively. Also in May, Emma Montgomery was appointed as the CEO of DDB Chicago.

Lubar joined DDB last year as global president and chief operating officer of DDB Worldwide following a decade at McCann, where he served as North America CEO. As part of the changes, Glen Lomas, who is currently the Europe, Middle East and Africa CEO for DDB, assumes Lubar’s title as global president and chief operating officer. Lomas will retain his duties in the EMEA region.

Marty O’Halloran and Alex Lubar. Credit: DDB Worldwide

“Marty’s dedication to DDB has made him an integral part of the network’s culture and operations, and we thank him for his strong leadership during the past four years as CEO,” Omnicom Chairman and CEO John Wren said in a statement. “With extensive global leadership credentials within the industry, we are confident that Alex, supported by Glen, will continue to elevate the network and build upon its legacy of creative excellence.”

“As part of this orchestrated succession plan, there is no doubt in my mind Alex will continue to lead the DDB network to new heights. I look forward to working in a chairman’s capacity with Alex and Glen as they partner in leading the way forward with their global leadership team,” O’Halloran said in a statement.

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