Kelly Clark is the CEO of GroupM North America, based in New York. He is a truly global executive with strong operational and client management experience in Europe, Asia Pacific and North America.
Throughout his career Kelly has worked closely with leading blue-chip clients including Unilever, Pepsico, Nike, IBM, Nestlé, Kellogg, Ford Motor Company, Comcast and L'Oréal, among many others.
Prior to his current role, Kelly was the worldwide CEO of Maxus, one of the four global media agency networks in GroupM. Maxus has been the fastest growing global agency for the past four years according to RECMA, and was recently named Media Agency of the Year by both Adweek and Campaign magazines.
Befere joining Maxus, he was CEO of GroupM’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) from 2005-2008. Based in London, he was responsible for overseeing more than $26 billion in client billings and 6,000 employees in addition to developing and implementing overall group strategy for media trading and content development, new business, staff development, acquisitions and joint ventures.
He assumed that role after serving for three years as CEO of Mindshare UK, another GroupM agency. During this time, Mindshare UK nearly doubled in size, rising from sixth-place to become the second largest agency and was twice voted Agency of the Year by Campaign magazine.
Kelly arrived in London from Hong Kong where, beginning in 1999, he was CEO of Mindshare Asia Pacific, responsible for the establishment and management of Mindshare’s network across Asia Pacific. To this day the agency remains the region’s No. 1 agency with offices in over 20 countries. He worked extensively in China and India during this time. He first moved to Asia in 1996 to establish JWT’s TV programming and syndication division for China.
Kelly started his career with JWT New York where he held a number of media management positions. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is married with three children.