Agency pioneer Irwin Gotlieb is stepping down from his role as global chairman of GroupM, the media investment group of WPP, but will transition to a senior advisory role with WPP, the company announced today.
Gotlieb was GroupM’s first global CEO on its founding in 2003, transitioning to global chairman in 2012. Kelly Clark was named global CEO of GroupM in 2016 and will continue to lead the company.
“Gotlieb, a true pioneer in the agency business, established the first spinout of a standalone media agency, MediaVest, in 1993,” the company noted in today’s announcement. “He joined WPP in 1999 to serve as the first Global CEO for Mindshare and subsequently launched GroupM globally. Gotlieb’s commitment to growing client brands and businesses, while expanding the capabilities of WPP’s media agencies, contributed to significant growth for GroupM and WPP over many years.”
Gotlieb was the first media agency executive inducted into both the American Advertising Federation Hall of Fame (in 2017) and the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame (2007). TVWeek, Businessweek Ad Age, Adweek and other publications have recognized Gotlieb for his industry leadership.
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