McCann Worldgroup Restructures Leadership and Creates Global CCO Role

Alex Lopez to step down as president and CCO

IPG-owned agency network McCann Worldgroup has announced a restructuring of its leadership, with Daryl Lee set to become global chief executive officer as Chris Macdonald steps down.

Among other changes, Alex Lopez, global president and chief creative officer of McCann Worldgroup, is leaving the company. With his departure, McCann will create one global CCO position.

“As the CCO role shifts to one focused more on traditional advertising in their daily work, I am stepping aside to allow someone to take over who will bring the same passion to the job as I did,” Lopez said in a statement. 

Other leadership changes include Suzanne Powers, global president and chief strategy officer, becoming the chair of FutureBrand and global chief product officer for McCann Worldgroup. She will aim to elevate both creative and strategic product excellence, innovation and thought leadership across the network.

Kate MacNevin, global chair and CEO of MRM, will become chief operating officer of McCann Worldgroup while retaining her role leading the agency. Nannette Dufour will add the responsibilities of global chief sustainability officer to her current role of global chief client officer.

Meanwhile, Harjot Singh, global CSO for McCann, will take on the same role for Worldgroup.

“Clients need connected solutions to their brand and marketing challenges, which requires us to work fluidly across agency lines to deliver ideas that are powered by our collective creativity,” Lee said in a statement.

Lee has been with IPG since 2006 starting as global president of Universal McCann before moving on to executive roles at McCann Erikson and IPG Mediabrands.

Lopez had been with McCann Worldgroup for the past year and a half and, before that, spent more than 20 years at Nike.