November 6, 2015

Meet GroupM’s New North American CEO

Brian Lesser was just a kid the first time he laid eyes on Ogilvy & Mather’s office at 1 Worldwide Plaza. It was the 1980s, and his dad was running one of the top agency brands in the New York.

"They had this red, thick carpet two inches thick and paneling on the walls, and I thought, ‘Man, this seems like the coolest job in the world,’" he recalled.

Today, Lesser starts his own pretty cool advertising job. He has just been named CEO of GroupM North America, placing him atop the largest media-buying company in the world. The appointment caps off a whirlwind week in which now-former CEO Kelly Clark unexpectedly announced he was stepping into an advisory role — part of a "six-month process" that may or may not end up with a new CEO being named, he said.



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