Nicole Taylor has become chief executive officer of McCann Worldgroup Australia and Fran Clayton, national chief strategy officer.
Both come from DDB Sydney. Taylor (above left) was chief executive officer and Clayton (above right) was chief strategy officer. DDB Group Australia chief executive officer, Andrew Little, is stepping in as DDB Sydney CEO and DDB Group Australia managing director of strategy and innovation, Leif Stromnes, stepping in as DDB Sydney CSO during the transition period.
Taylor commented, “DDB has been my much-loved home for over seven years and it has been an absolute privilege to serve the talented people and incredible clients at DDB Sydney. We were attracted to McCann because of its fearless commitment to creativity. Stepping up to the helm of McCann Australia, we are committed to building something very special in this market and we will do everything we can to support our people to make the best work of their careers.’
Taylor is joining McCann with more than 20 years of experience across a number of categories, both agency and client side including QSR, Automotive, FMCG and Telco.
“She has always been a great advocate for the Australian communications industry and currently holds a board position on the Australian Communications Council. Both Taylor and Clayton have been strong voices and great champions for diversity,” McCann said in its statement.
Clayton has worked with Taylor for over five years, helping to win and grow both national and global accounts for many key clients of the agency.
McCann Worldgroup APAC President, Charles Cadell commented, “I am very pleased to welcome two of Australia’s most influential industry leaders to McCann Australia. Nic and Fran will be Sydney-based and lead our national operations. As a team, we are committed to continuing the upward trajectory as we enter this exciting new phase of growth under our new leadership team.”
Clayton stated, “As a global network, McCann Worldgroup has real momentum and is making some of the best work in the world. We love the single-minded commitment to the ‘Truth Well Told.’
“Our industry needs a new style of leadership. Nic and I have always been passionate about building a diverse creative culture and know we have the perfect partner in the McCann network.”
Cadell concluded, “Nic and Fran’s reputation as game changers precedes them – they are modern leaders who know how to empower their teams to deliver world-class creativity that results in outstanding business performance. With a robust operation beneath them and an already enviable client roster, I look forward to them taking McCann Worldgroup Australia to new heights.”