DDB CEO Nicole Taylor exits for McCann

Lindsay Bennett
By Lindsay Bennett | 4 April 2018
Nicole Taylor and Fran Clayton

DDB CEO Nicole Taylor and chief strategy officer Fran Clayton have defected from the agency to take up post at McCann, AdNews can reveal.

The move follows the departure of long-standing national CEO Ben Lilley who left McCann in February this year.

Taylor is now national CEO of Interpublic Group-owned McCann and Clayton is national chief strategy officer, which is a role that also used to fall under Lilley.

Taylor was promoted to CEO of DDB Sydney in September last year after three years as managing director. She joined DDB Sydney as managing partner in 2011 as managing partner from Y&R.

Clayton has been at DDB Sydney since 2013, landing the chief strategy role two years ago.

Under Taylor and Clayton's rein, the agency picked up the creative account for Virgin Australia last year and also invested $1 million into the repositioning of the agency.

The move is a significant shake-up for DDB Sydney and Taylor's and Clayton's replacements are yet to be revealed.

DDB Group Australia CEO Andrew Little is stepping in as DDB Sydney CEO and DDB Group Australia MD of strategy and innovation Leif Stromnes stepping in as DDB Sydney CSO as the agency hunts for a permanent MD and CSO.

Little thanked Clayton and Taylor for their contribution to the agency.

“While I’m disappointed, both Nic and Fran are stepping up into national roles and I know that it’s the opportunity to turn around the agency that appeals to them. We tried very hard to keep them but at the end of the day they have the opportunity to run their own show," he says.

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