CPB has tapped GSD&M President Marianne Malina to be its new international CEO. The appointment is the company’s newest transfer to rebuild, following main account losses of Infiniti and Domino’s in addition to the departure of key execs, together with former international CEO Erik Sollenberg, over the previous yr.
Malina is a long-time vet of GSD&M and began her tenure there in 2005, rising the ranks from artistic managing director to president, a job wherein she has served since 2012.
John Boiler, chair at MDC’s Constellation and co-founder of 72andSunny, describes Malina as a “power of nature. There’s a motive why GSD&M has the stickiest relationship with purchasers—that’s Marianne. She’s the chief shopper whisperer and he or she’s so keen about purchasers and their enterprise. Not solely can they pitch and win, however they maintain greater than another company I’ve seen. That will likely be a extremely essential strand so as to add to the DNA of CPB.”
Furthermore, Boiler says, her turnaround expertise will likely be essential for rebooting the storied MDC store. “When her agency lost AT&T, she was tasked with rebuilding, which she did. She’s acquired unbelievable character, is decisive and fast to take motion. That’s one of many issues CPB will want going ahead as a result of as all the things is so disrupted now, you’ve acquired to pivot and transfer shortly.”
As for why she’s determined to make the leap, “Why not?” Malina says. “I’m a builder. I’m not a supervisor. The larger the issue, the extra I’m . What CPB has achieved for the advert trade on this century is epic. Each single individual on this trade is utilizing a web page from their playbook. An company that modifications the way in which we do enterprise, that’s what’s on the core of this model. You set that into right this moment’s tradition, what’s happening now, this is a chance of a lifetime.”
“We welcome Marianne to the rising MDC household,” mentioned Mark Penn, Chairman and CEO of MDC Companions in a press release. “CPB has all the time stood for disruptive and efficient advertising, and this appointment underscores our dedication to bringing the company each useful resource it must develop and succeed.”