Leadership

Our Leadership

Omnicom is led by a stable management team with world-class experience and skills in marketing, finance and corporate management. The company’s creative culture, profitability and financial discipline have been maintained throughout an era of extraordinary change in marketing and communications. Our leaders collaborate to drive Omnicom’s business forward through a relentless drive for talent development, client service, innovation and operational excellence.

John Wren is the Chairman and CEO of Omnicom Group, a Fortune 500 company and premier global provider of marketing communications services. He was named CEO in 1997 and elected President in 1996. Under his leadership, Omnicom has achieved status as a world-class company with one of the best corporate and divisional management in the advertising industry.

Omnicom manages a portfolio of global marketing leaders, consistently recognized as being among the world’s best creative, including BBDO, DDB, FleishmanHillard, Interbrand, Ketchum, OMD, PHD, Porter Novelli, Rapp, and TBWA. Omnicom companies work with more than 5,000 global, national and local clients all over the world, providing brand advertising, media planning and buying, digital and promotional marketing, CRM, public relations and other specialty communications services.

Omnicom has been named a “Most Admired Company” by Fortune, consistently appears among the top 250 performers of the Fortune 500, and was ranked Number One in its peer group by The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Wren has also been recognized as one of the Best-Performing CEOs in the World by Harvard Business Review, Best CEO by Institutional Investor and as Executive of the Year by Advertising Age.

Mr. Wren was part of the team that created Omnicom Group in 1986, two years after entering the advertising business as an Executive Vice President with Needham Harper Worldwide. He was appointed CEO of the Diversified Agency Services (DAS) division of Omnicom in 1990, and was responsible for developing this division into the holding company’s fastest growing and largest operating group, comprised of innovative companies in a wide array of communication disciplines ranging from public relations to branding.

As CEO of DAS and then Omnicom, Mr. Wren has championed the company’s investment in the recruitment and development of top talent through several key programs, including Omnicom University, the industry standard for senior management training in professional service firms. In addition, the American Advertising Federation (AAF) honored him as a pioneer and supporter of Diversity.

Mr. Wren is a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum and is active in a number of philanthropic endeavors. A member of the Board of Directors of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and a Trustee of the Arthur Ashe Foundation, Mr. Wren also supports healthcare education for disadvantaged communities and has been recognized for his contributions to the community with numerous accolades, among them the Gold Medal Award from the Catholic Youth Organization and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Daryl Simm is President and COO of Omnicom Group, a Fortune 500 company and premier global provider of marketing communications services. Prior to his current post, Daryl was CEO of Omnicom Media Group, taking it from a start-up to an operating division with more than 20,000 colleagues globally and over $30 billion in client billings. Before joining Omnicom, Daryl started his career at Procter & Gamble, where he was General Manager of P&G Productions and VP of Worldwide Media. 

In his 20 years at Omnicom, Daryl established OMD Worldwide as the largest global media agency and went on to develop PHD Worldwide and Hearts & Science. He launched Annalect, Omnicom’s data and analytics practice that now counts 2,000 professionals globally, and he drove the development of Omni, Omnicom’s open operating system that helps marketers orchestrate better outcomes. Omni now has over 40,000 employees provisioned on the platform in over 60 countries as well as hundreds of clients, including Omnicom’s top 20.

A believer in the power of diverse talent, Daryl developed the Company’s first Black Leadership Network to bring like-minded employees together to drive professional development. Its success led to similar networks serving Asian, Latin/Hispanic and Working Parents communities, with members and allies in the thousands. He recently, during COVID, launched a virtual leadership development program known as Accelerate, designed to empower the most promising talent globally. A curriculum involving industry influencers, iconic global leaders and clients has made Accelerate a resounding success. 

His experiences inform his strategy to harness Omnicom’s scale to create the strongest Group capabilities, all designed to be orchestrated through the most innovative agency talent to provide clients the very best outcomes.

In September of 2014, Phil was named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Omnicom Group. Previously, Phil served as Senior Vice President of Finance and Controller. In that role, he oversaw financial and accounting matters throughout the organization and played a key role in the company’s ongoing efforts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its financial operations. His responsibilities also included financial systems, income tax planning and cash flow management.

Mr. Angelastro began his career at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) where he became a partner in the firm in 1996. In 1997, he joined the DAS network of Omnicom as Vice President of Finance and then later CFO for the Americas. In 1999, Phil was appointed the Controller of Omnicom, where he began our process of continuous improvement. Subsequently promoted to Senior Vice President of Finance in January 2002, Phil took on additional responsibilities for income tax planning and compliance and corporate human resources, including initiatives for establishing a common domestic HR platform in the areas of payroll, defined contribution plans, HR information systems, and health and welfare benefit plans. Throughout his tenure at Omnicom, he has been deeply immersed in the company’s strategy and operations.

Andrew joined the Omnicom Group as Assistant Controller in January 2000. He is a key member of the Omnicom Finance Team and was instrumental in bringing financial management best practices to the Company.

In his present role as Chief Accounting Officer Andrew is responsible for Omnicom’s global financial reporting function, providing transactional accounting and financial analysis support to Omnicom’s business units, establishing world-wide accounting policy and managing the Company’s regulatory accounting compliance requirements.  Prior to joining Omnicom, Andrew spent 10 years in various senior financial management roles  at the corporate headquarters of The Walt Disney Company and IBM and prior to that he was a senior manager at the public accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). He holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut and is a CPA in New York State. 

Asit is responsible for growing some of Omnicom’s key client relationships. He is tasked with developing and delivering bespoke “Screen to Shelf” solutions for clients that leverage the scale and creativity of Omnicom’s individual agencies, creating new, more effective ways of engaging with large global clients and ultimately their consumers.

Asit has been with Omnicom for almost thirteen years, before which he spent 18 years at the Interpublic Group, where he held a variety of roles, ranging from running large multinational businesses, regions and offices. Asit is a true citizen of the world, having grown up and worked on both sides of the Atlantic and Asia.

As Chief Equity & Impact Officer, Emily advances Omnicom’s vision to achieve systemic equity across the holding company’s global network, which spans more than 1,500 creative agencies and 5,000 clients. A seasoned corporate communications strategist, Emily also serves as Senior VP of Diversity & Inclusion Communications at Omnicom, leading the strategy to engage stakeholders in Omnicom’s DE&I story and vision. She also counsels an array of Omnicom’s largest clients on DEI matters.

Emily leads Omnicom’s OPEN team, 30+ dedicated DE&I professionals responsible for driving DE&I strategy company-wide. Previously, Graham was Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at FleishmanHillard, the first in the agency’s history. While at Fleishman, she was a Senior Partner, Global Client Leader (GCL) and member of The Cabinet – the firm’s executive leadership team. She also founded and led True MOSAIC, a global communication consultancy dedicated to driving DE&I to the center of corporate strategy. Prior to that, she led the firm’s professional and financial services sector in the Americas. She held previous roles at MWWPR and Burson-Marsteller.

Her career journey has been profiled by the likes of LinkedIn, Forbes and Essence magazine. Among other industry accolades, Graham has been recognized as a 40 Under 40 Honoree by PRWeek and Crain’s New York Business, and Top Diversity Officer in the United States by National Diversity Council.

She is a frequent guest lecturer and thought leader. Currently she serves as board trustee for the Institute of Public Relations, Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts and Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications.

Joanne Trout oversees the development and implementation of external, internal, and executive communications programs for Omnicom including digital leadership, corporate social responsibility, media relations, reputation management, financial communications, and thought leadership. She works closely and collaborates on programing with the communications teams at BBDO, DDB, TBWA, OMG, and DAS.

Prior to joining Omnicom, Joanne spent almost a decade doing external and customer communications at MasterCard. She was instrumental, in partnership with a key group of senior executives, in helping the company go through major transformative years starting with becoming a publically-traded company, to changing CEO’s, and moving from a financial service company to a technology leader. She was also in charge of developing communications programs for Global Product and Solutions (GP&S) including Emerging Payments, Core Products, MasterCard Technologies, Advisors and Global Marketing.

Joanne has more than 30 years of experience on the client and corporate communications agency side building top brands, including Sony, Sharp, Pioneer, and XM Satellite Radio. She provides high-level strategic counsel to clients seeking to build corporate images and brands, launch products and services, deal with reputational issues, as well as tackle other communications challenges.

Joanne is a member of the PRSA and New York Women in Communications. She also volunteers teaching English as a second language to immigrants as part of We Speak NYC, a program under the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrants Affairs.

Jonathan Nelson co-founded Organic, the very first digital agency, in 1993, and served as Organic’s CEO for seven years. Currently, Jonathan is CEO of Omnicom Digital where he oversees strategy for Omnicom’s digital assets globally.

Described as a “serial entrepreneur,” Jonathan has played a critical role in founding and building a number of companies. In 1999, Jonathan took two companies public: Accrue Software, Inc., a web measurement and analysis company that he founded in 1995, and Organic. Later, he guided Organic through its subsequent re-privatization.

Jonathan is widely recognized as an industry thought leader, appearing in print in The New York Times, USA Today, Forbes, Newsweek, and Adweek and on television on CNN, CNBC, and MSNBC. His numerous accolades include being named one of the top 100 young innovators of the century by MIT’s Technology Review in 1999, and one of the top entrepreneurs of 1997 by Red Herring Magazine. He was inducted to Advertising Age’s Hall of Fame in 2001 for his “indelible imprint” on the Internet industry.

Jonathan sits on numerous boards in the media and finance industries. A passionate musician, he is the co-owner of two San Francisco venues and co-produces San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass annually in Golden Gate Park.

Michael joined Omnicom Group as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary in November 2003, and was made Executive Vice President in February 2020. As Omnicom’s global chief legal officer, Michael advises the Board of Directors and its Committees, leads the Company’s worldwide legal team, manages legal services provided to the Company, and monitors the Company’s compliance with all applicable regulations around the world. 

Prior to Omnicom, Michael spent 15 years in private practice, representing private equity firms and their portfolio companies regarding acquisitions, financings, securities law compliance and corporate governance matters.

Peter has been Executive Vice President at Omnicom Group since 2014. Based in Omnicom’s New York headquarters, he is charged with driving innovation, integration and growth across the company’s largest global clients. Peter works across all of Omnicom’s marketing service networks to ensure client centric solutions. In this capacity, he leads the Omnicom Global Client Leaders Group, and is one of the primary architects of Omnicom’s portfolio of connected/data-led marketing models. 

Peter re-joined Omnicom from J. Walter Thompson where he served as CEO of JWT North America and JWT NY. Prior to joining JWT Peter spent 16 years at BBDO, most recently as EVP, Managing Director of BBDO Europe, where he led a region consisting of 35 offices in 18 countries from headquarters in Milan and Paris.

Under his leadership, those offices experienced consistent year on year growth, won multiple pan-European pitches, and BBDO was named the most creative network in Europe for the first time. Before moving to Europe Peter was Managing Director of BBDO San Francisco for nearly five years, during which time the agency more than doubled in size. Previously, he worked at BBDO New York for eight years where he rose to EVP, Senior Account Director on global accounts. Peter also worked at McCann Erickson New York, and the Chicago offices of FCB and Leo Burnett.

Peter loves the outdoors, and having lived in New York, San Francisco, Milan and Chicago is an avid traveler. He is deeply committed to education and currently sits on boards at two universities.

As Controller, Swiecicki plays a key leadership role in financial management and business process optimization for Omnicom. He oversees the company’s financial processes and systems, as well as the planning and forecasting function. Prior to joining Omnicom in 2013, Swiecicki spent over 30 years at Omnicom’s BBDO in various roles. He started his career at BBDO as Controller, BBDO Detroit, rising to CFO and COO of the agency. In 2010, he assumed the role of CFO of BBDO Germany and then moved to BBDO Worldwide in New York to shepherd several worldwide process efficiency initiatives.

Rita Rodriguez is currently Executive Vice President at Omnicom Group where she leads the multi-agency integration and innovation for PepsiCo.

With more than twenty-five years of marketing experience, Rita has a proven track record of transforming major brands and building businesses. Having worked on both sides of the business, agency and client, Rita has a unique mix of strategic expertise; brand building and collaboration skills that can help define and lead a course of action for clients and their brands

Rita was previously CEO of Imagination, an experiential integrated communications company. Prior to Imagination, she was CEO of the US arm of WPP’s The Brand Union, a strategic branding and design firm, where she led the repositioning and rebranding of multiple businesses and served as a strategic advisor and partner for clients on brand and business issues. Before joining The Brand Union in 2004, Rita was Managing Director of Corporate Branding at Omnicom’s Interbrand.

Rita began her career in Houston at AT&T, where over the course of her career she served as Director of Business and Consumer Marketing, International Marketing Director, Director of Product Marketing and Communications Services and General Manager of HomeTown Network (HTN), working in both the US and London.

Rochelle Tarlowe joined Omnicom Group as their SVP & Treasurer in May of 2019. She is responsible for Omnicom’s global treasury and risk management function. Her responsibilities include capital markets, global cash operations, financial risk management, bank relationships and investments. In her role, Rochelle also manages company-wide credit and counterparty risks. 

Rochelle joins Omnicom from Avis Budget Group (Avis) where she held the title of SVP & Treasurer since 2007. During her tenure at Avis, Rochelle managed a $13 Billion capital structure and helped finance and integrate several transformative acquisitions. Her treasury team was consistently recognized for implementing innovative and efficient structures and processes.

Prior to Avis, Rochelle served as Vice President of Corporate Finance at Cendant Corporation and where she was key member of the team that split Cendant into four distinct companies (one of which was Avis). She began her career practicing law at Sidley Austin in New York.

Rochelle holds a B.A. from Barnard College and a J.D. from Fordham Law School.  

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