Stephen Allan was appointed MediaCom's Worldwide Chairman and CEO in August 2008. Stephen's global objectives for MediaCom are clear – to become the world's largest media agency by 2012, and also the best agency to work for in every country. The first, he believes, will be achieved via the latter, and accordingly his first six months as global chairman and CEO saw the launch of numerous new unique global initiatives to support his plans and MediaCom's philosophy People First>>Better Results.
Stephen re-joins MediaCom from the role of CEO for GroupM UK, which he moved to in 2005 following six successful years as CEO of MediaCom UK. During his five years of leadership, MediaCom quadrupled its billings, rising from a sixth placed ranking to become the UK's number one media agency, voted Media Agency of Year and one of the UK's Best 100 Companies To Work For.
Other career achievements include being the youngest leader of a publicly listed company (the Media Business Group in 1995), and overseeing the undoubtedly most successful merger in the recent UK advertising history (TMBG and MediaCom in 1999).
Stephen is married, with one son. He also founded and co-chairs a children's charity, Rays of Sunshine.