BBDO CEO, Americas, Chris Thomas is stepping down from his role after three and a half years.
Thomas will remain with BBDO during a transitional period in which the agency determines his successor in the position.
“Chris has decided that, after three and half great years in New York, he wants to be closer to friends and family, who are in Singapore and Australia,” an agency spokesperson explained. “Once we’ve identified a successor and had a suitable handover, he will leave BBDO and move back to Australia.”
Thomas is a BBDO veteran of over nine years and also served as chairman and CEO of BBDO Asia, Middle East and Africa, and chairman of Proximity Worldwide. Prior to joining BBDO, he spent over four years as CEO of Proximity London. Earlier in his career, he spent over a decade with AMV BBDO, serving as new business director before his departure in 1997.
The announcement follows BBDO Atlanta chief strategy officer Tricia Russo’s departure for DDB Chicago last month.
In August, the agency welcomed Mark Lainas from Ogilvy London as chief innovation officer for Europe and global chief innovation officer for the Mars account. A month prior, Bayer consolidated its companion animal account with BBDO and Proximity.