DDB Worldwide Announces Global Head of DE&I

Nikki Lamba joins the network’s global executive leadership team.

NEW YORK, Dec. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — DDB Worldwide today announced the appointment of Nikki Lamba, who joins the network to lead diversity and inclusion globally. In the newly created role Lamba will support DDB Worldwide’s ongoing mission to drive programs and initiatives that support diversity and inclusive practices across the network for its teams and clients. 

The appointment comes at a pivotal time as DDB Worldwide continues to strengthen its core global leadership team. “At DDB, growth and success are driven by able and talented people regardless of background,” said Marty O’Halloran, DDB Worldwide CEO. “We remain focused on furthering our progress towards being a network that recruits, recognizes and retains diverse teams.”

“Creativity is pivotal to our success and, by extension, diversity is as well,” says Justin Thomas-Copeland, CEO of DDB North America. “To achieve our ambitions, we are driving towards an organization with a truly broad definition of diversity, and one that champions inclusion to grapple with pervasive racism and inequities in our business and in support of our clients.”

Lamba joins DDB from Catalyst, where she spent 11 years advising Fortune 500 companies on their diversity & inclusion strategies, initiatives and practices. In her role as Senior Director, Lamba employed data analytics, research, and relationship building to provide partnership and guidance on organizational strategies and D&I programming in order to hire, advance and retain diverse talent. 

Lamba brings variety of expertise to this global role, including the ability to analyze and apply qualitative and quantitative data, talent management, leadership and engagement practices. Having programmed and hosted a variety of events surrounding the topics of diversity and equity, Lamba provides a strong voice on the issues of diversity.  

Lamba also served as member of Catalyst’s Awards Evaluation Committee responsible for evaluating and recognizing innovative organizational initiatives that have accelerated progress for women through workplace inclusion.

ABOUT DDB

DDB Worldwide (www.ddb.com) is one of the world’s largest and most influential advertising and marketing networks. DDB has been named Agency of the Year numerous times by the Cannes International Festival of Creativity and the industry’s leading advertising publications and awards shows. The Gunn Report has listed DDB as one of the Top 3 Global Networks for 12 of the last 15 years. The agency’s clients include Volkswagen, McDonald’s, Unilever, Mars, Johnson & Johnson, and the U.S. Army, among others.

Founded in 1949, DDB is part of the Omnicom Group (NYSE) and consists of more than 200 offices in over 90 countries with its flagship office in New York, NY.

ABOUT OMNICOM

Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE – OMC) is a leading global marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom’s branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, digital and interactive marketing, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries.

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Omnicom Appoints Emily K. Graham Chief Equity and Impact Officer

Graham will lead the OPEN Leadership team driving Omnicom-wide DE&I Strategy

NEW YORK, Dec. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Omnicom Group (NYSE: OMC) today announced the appointment of Emily K. Graham to Chief Equity and Impact Officer and SVP, Diversity and Inclusion Communications. In this role, she will be responsible for accelerating the holding company’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) efforts and executing OPEN 2.0, Omnicom’s action plan for achieving systemic equity for all professionals across its agencies. She will also serve as a senior communications counselor, advising on DE&I matters. Graham succeeds Tiffany R. Warren in this role and will report to Omnicom’s Chairman and CEO, John Wren. 

Previously serving as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at FleishmanHillard, Graham brings a deep understanding of Omnicom’s internal structures and existing DE&I efforts along with 15 years of global agency experience as a corporate communications strategist. In her role at FleishmanHillard, she headed a global taskforce that accelerated DE&I as a business priority across the firm’s 2,500-person network. She also launched and led True MOSAIC, a global practice dedicated to providing clients strategic communications counsel on DE&I. Graham’s commitment to DE&I started two years prior to assuming the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer role, having co-led FleishmanHillard’s efforts since 2018.

In her new role at Omnicom, Graham will lead the OPEN Leadership Team, a group of Diversity Champions dedicated full-time to providing structure, support, counsel and visibility to DE&I initiatives and policies throughout Omnicom. She will help the group leverage its expertise to advise clients and internal teams on DE&I matters.  

“Our goal is that every Omnicom agency, globally, be a pillar of diversity, equity and inclusion, and we are proud to keep our efforts moving forward under Emily’s leadership,” said John Wren, Chairman and CEO of Omnicom Group. “Emily joins us not only with a passion for DE&I, but a wealth of experience in the agency world where she consistently offered top-tier client counsel as a seasoned communications strategist. She comes into this role with a fresh perspective on how we can accelerate our internal progress and best service our clients who similarly have ambitions and expectations around DE&I.” 

“I am honored to join Omnicom, especially at a time where vision, clarity and action on DE&I is essential. Achieving real systemic equity with urgency is the heart of our OPEN 2.0 strategy,” said Graham.

Graham continues, “Omnicom agencies must continue working to ensure their agency cultures are inclusive so that underrepresented communities belong and thrive. Through sustained impact, accountability and actions, Omnicom has the opportunity to be an equitable leader in our industry on a global scale. I’m eager to lead and work alongside the dedicated and passionate Diversity Champions to chart our path forward.”

In addition to her DE&I work, Graham previously served on FleishmanHillard’s leadership Cabinet and co-led the Financial and Professional Services sector group for the Americas, guiding some of the firm’s leading clients in transformation, corporate reputation and executive visibility. Prior to FleishmanHillard, she held senior positions at MWWPR and Burson-Marsteller. Graham currently serves as board member for the Institute of Public Relations (IPR), and her career journey has been profiled by the likes of LinkedIn, Forbes and Essence Magazine. Among other industry accolades, Graham was recently honored as a Top Woman in PR by PRNews and a 40 Under 40 Honoree by Crain’s New York Business. 

Supporting Graham in her efforts will be Omnicom’s newest Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Ana Leen. Leen joins the group as the current President of American Advertising Federation (AAF) Austin and Director of Partnerships for ADCOLOR. Prior to her role at Omnicom Group, Leen served as Account Director at GSD&M for six years, where she helped lead and grow the agency’s multicultural business.

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Omnicom Group (www.omnicomgroup.com) is a leading global marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom’s branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, digital and interactive marketing, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 70 countries. Follow us on Twitter for the latest news.

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Omnicom Group Inc. Declares Dividend

NEW YORK, Dec. 8, 2020 — The Board of Directors of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) declared a quarterly dividend of 65 cents per outstanding share of the corporation’s common stock. The dividend is payable on January 11, 2021 to Omnicom Group common shareholders of record at the close of business on December 21, 2020.

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Omnicom Group (www.omnicomgroup.com) is a leading global marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom’s branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, digital and interactive marketing, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 70 countries. Follow us on Twitter for the latest news.

RAPP Promotes John Gim To Global Chief Marketing Sciences Officer

Role Underscores Agency’s Commitment to Offering Cutting-Edge and Industry-Leading Marketing Sciences Services to Clients

NEW YORK, Dec. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — RAPP Worldwide, a global creative agency that builds direct, meaningful and high-value relationships between brands and people, announced today the promotion of John Gim to Global Chief Marketing Sciences Officer across RAPP Worldwide.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled that we are elevating John into the role of Global Chief Marketing Sciences Officer,” RAPP Global CEO, Marco Scognamiglio, said. “Throughout his five-year tenure with the RAPP organization, John has contributed significantly to our agency’s growth and advancement in marketing sciences which has proven to be invaluable for our clients. With John at the helm, I look forward to seeing how the RAPP network continues to produce and scale our existing, market-leading IP, enabling our clients’ growth and continually giving all of our brands a competitive edge.”

Gim will continue to report to John Wells, President of RAPP LA/Dallas, while also reporting to Scognamiglio for his global role. He will remain focused on his key clients and leading RAPP’s Marketing Sciences Center of Excellence but will also be responsible for leading and bringing together the outstanding pool of marketing sciences experts, from across the RAPP offices globally, to share, iterate on and optimize the great work and IP that exists within the organization.

“It’s a privilege to lead our practice forward, as we aim to help accelerate transformation for our clients,” Gim said. “As the landscape of advertising and data continually and rapidly changes, it’s a necessity now, more than ever, for brands to evolve and keep pace. I’m immensely proud of RAPP’s talented people, our heritage and all that we’ve built and accomplished, but am all the more excited for our future – as we aim to push the boundaries in marketing sciences innovation and build stronger, more valuable partnerships with our clients.”

During Gim’s tenure at RAPP, he’s served in various roles across the organization’s Analytics and Marketing Sciences teams, worked with a variety of clients, and helped RAPP secure victories in various data driven award shows and data science competitions. Prior to joining RAPP, Gim lead analytics teams at agencies including Epsilon and TBWA\Chiat\Day.

About RAPP Worldwide
RAPP is a global, data-driven creative community that builds direct, meaningful and high-value relationships between brands and people. At RAPP, with our unrivalled depth of expertise in first-party data, we’ve been observing and cataloguing real people’s lives for 50 years. In today’s world the balance of power has shifted, and customers are in control, which is why we put people and their preferences at the heart of the brand experience. With a talent base of more than 1,600 professionals in 17 offices, we help brands grow the value of real people by understanding what really matters and creating experiences that are right for real people, with real needs, in real time, creating marketing that matters. Our expertise in data and marketing sciences allows us to deliver our clients actionable human insight – an incredible understanding of genuine motivations, observed transactions and actual interactions. Our process reflects how real people think; we balance the left brain and the right, and we do our best work when we bring Precision and Empathy into balance. Building on our data foundation, RAPP delivers a range of capability across social, digital, customer experience and technology.

RAPP is proud to employ talented people across the US, the UK, Argentina, France, Germany, China, Singapore, Australia, Mexico, Thailand, Russia and Dubai, and we actively foster an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve our vision.

RAPP is part of Omnicom Precision Marketing Group, a division of the DAS Group of Companies. To learn more, visit www.rapp.com.

About Omnicom Precision Marketing Group
Omnicom Precision Marketing Group aligns Omnicom’s global digital, data and CRM capabilities to deliver precisely targeted and meaningful customer experiences at scale. Using its universal framework of connected data, connected intelligence and connected experiences, OPMG provides services that include data-driven product / service design, technology strategy and implementation, CRM / loyalty strategy and activation, econometric and attribution modeling, technical and business consulting and digital experience design and development. At the core of delivering these services is Omni, an advanced technology platform that combines a powerful cultural insights engine with massively scaled data insights from first-, second- and third-party sources, including several proprietary Omnicom data partnerships.

Omnicom Precision Marketing Group is part of the DAS Group of Companies, a division of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) (www.omnicomgroup.com), that includes more than 200 companies in a wide range of marketing disciplines including advertising, public relations, healthcare, customer relationship management, events, promotional marketing, branding and research.

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DDB Latina Celebrates Its Third Time Named As The Most Creative Network At El Ojo de Iberoamerica

For the third time in the history of the festival and second consecutive year, the pioneer network in uniting the Latin markets of the world under one unique vision of culture, and not geography, celebrates the recognition of being the most creative in the region.

MIAMI, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Last Friday, November 27th, El Ojo de Iberoamérica—the most recognized creative festival in Ibero-America—celebrated the very first virtual gala in its history, where, thanks to the consistency and effectiveness of their work, 12 offices of DDB Latina won big recognitions, including Africa as Ibero-America’s Agency of the Year and Sergio Gordilho as the Best Creative in Ibero-America for the third time in the history of the festival. Alma DDB Miami and DDB Latina Puerto Rico were named Local Agency of the Year and Alvar Suñol and Enrique Renta as Best Creatives in their respective markets, in addition to a total of 91 metals: 4 Gran Ojos, 22 Gold, 30 Silver and 35 Bronze among the different agencies.

9 agencies made the top 50 ranking of the best of Ibero-America: Africa #1, DDB Colombia #13, TracyLocke Brazil #17, Sunset Brazil #18, Alma DDB #28, DDB Latina Puerto Rico #34, DDB Centro Guatemala #36, Fahrenheit DDB Peru #38 and Molina DDB El Salvador #50.

Africa won 4 Gran Ojos in the categories of Graphic Production, Print & OOH, and Special Edition Covid-19 with the following work:

The most valuable news“, won two awards: Gran Ojo Graphic Production and Print & OOH. The piece is a special printed edition of the Folha de São Paulo newspaper with all the criteria used in the process of printing money and in response to what fake news represents today.

Africa’s third Gran Ojo came in the category of Print & OOH with “Responsible billboards,” work created for AmBev, which, through the beer delivery trucks and by changing the branding of the drivers’ cabins, aims to create awareness in responsible driving under a simple and direct message: If you drink, don’t drive.

In the El Ojo Special Edition Covid-19 category, the jury also awarded Africa with “Stadiums food delivery,” from AmBev Brazil for Brahma. The objective was to connect consumers with famous bars through a site in order to offer an alternative for people to satisfy their cravings for typical food sold near the stadiums and to help establishments.

Additionally, among the Gold-winning agencies are Africa Brazil (16), Sunset Brazil (2), DDB Colombia (1), El Taier DDB Centro Guatemala (1), and TracyLocke Brazil (2).

In total, the agencies that contributed to the Network of the Year success are Africa Brazil, DDB Colombia, Sunset Brazil, TracyLocke Brazil, Alma DDB Miami, DDB Latina Puerto Rico, El Taier DDB Centro Guatemala, Fahrenheit DDB Peru, Molina DDB El Salvador, DDB Spain, DDB Argentina, and Tribal Argentina.

Africa’s work for AmBev “Responsible billboards” was also the winner of Best Local Idea for Brazil, and DDB Latina Puerto Rico’s “Panamericanos” for Best Local Idea in Puerto Rico for Medalla Beer.

Sergio Gordilho, named three times Ibero-America’s Best Creative, adds: “We are very proud to receive the title of Ibero-America’s Agency of the Year for the third time. For sharing the same space with some of the agencies that built and are building the Latino creative reputation. I want to thank Juan Carlos Ortiz and the entire DDB Latina team for always inspiring us.”

“Perhaps the word ‘again’ is the most refreshing, but also the most difficult to achieve; it requires additional effort, it requires great talent, it needs persistence, it needs to believe, and it never fails. Congratulations to the human talent we are honored to have throughout the region, especially to Africa for having been chosen Best Agency of Ibero-America,” shared Juan Carlos Ortiz, president and CEO of DDB Latina.

ABOUT DDB LATINA GROUP
DDB Latina is the leading communications group in the Latin markets around the world. It was a pioneer in the industry for uniting the Latin American, US Multicultural, and Spanish markets with a unique vision inspired by culture, not geography. Through its companies DDB, Africa, Alma, Tribal Worldwide, TRACK, and TracyLocke, DDB Latina develops innovative business solutions for its clients, based on the deep understanding of culture and data. It believes in the merge of strategy, technology, and creativity to create innovative ideas that generate effective business results for the brands it works with, including some global and regional clients in a wide range of industries.

It has been named Ibero-America’s Most Creative Network at El Ojo de Iberoamérica, the Crema Ranking in 2017 and 2019 and Most recently at El Ojo 2020.

ABOUT DDB
DDB Worldwide (ddb.com) is one of the world’s largest and leading advertising and marketing networks. DDB has been named Agency of the Year numerous times by the Cannes International Festival of Creativity and the industry’s leading advertising publications and awards shows. The Gunn Report has listed DDB as one of the Top 3 Global Networks for 12 of the last 15 years. The agency’s clients include McDonald’s, Unilever, Mars, Johnson & Johnson, and the U.S. Army, among others.

Founded in 1949, DDB is part of the Omnicom Group (NYSE) and consists of more than 200 offices in over 90 countries with its flagship office in New York, NY.

ABOUT OMNICOM
Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE – OMC) is a leading global marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom’s branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, digital and interactive marketing, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries.

CONTACT: 
Angela Henao
Director of Communications & PR | DDB Latina Group
Email: [email protected]ddb.com 
Phone: +1 (305) 341 2563

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Ericka Riggs Joins Omnicom Specialty Marketing Group as Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer

NEW YORK, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Omnicom Specialty Marketing Group (OSMG) today announced the appointment of Ericka Riggs as Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer. Riggs brings more than 15 years of experience advocating for and developing sustainable programs to improve representation and build inclusive communities within various industries.

Riggs will be based in New York and report to OSMG CEO Stacey Hightower while partnering with OSMG agency leadership to build upon the Group’s commitment to creating a supportive and inclusive environment for its employees.

“Companies gain competitive advantage by building upon the guiding principles of diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Riggs. “I am grateful for this unique opportunity to develop a platform to elevate our agencies to a place where our people are represented, encouraged and supported to bring their whole selves to work.”

“As a champion, advocate, and activist for people across a range of industries, Ericka is the perfect addition to the OSMG team, said Hightower. Our strength is our people, and nurturing an accountable and purposeful community will allow our employees to bring new creative ideas and perspectives to action.”

Prior to joining OSMG, Riggs was the Foundation and Inclusion Director of the AD Club of New York. There she focused on increasing representation of BIPOC and women into the executive ranks. Under her direction, the i’mPART Women’s Fellowship elevated the careers of women into leadership roles. Ericka’s work on cultural engagement experiences, “Icons, Rockstars, & Innovators,” Women: NOW Master Class, and the Culture Club, have all positively impacted the advertising, marketing, and media communities by drawing together a stronger, more aware, and inclusive community for now and the future. 

Riggs previously held positions at UPTOWN and MOTOWN Records, UniWorld Group, and Northern Virginia Community College. She is the 2020 Nancy Hill Award recipient and proudly sits on the Board of SheSays NYC. She also serves as a mentor to students nationwide through Circle of Change and is a 2020 MOBE Symposium Advisory Committee member. Riggs attended Howard University and is a graduate of George Mason University.

About Omnicom Specialty Marketing Group

Omnicom Specialty Marketing Group aligns the growing demand for highly specialized consumer and retail marketing services with integrated solution teams consisting of the best talent to address clients’ needs. OSMG provides global services that include: point-of-sale marketing and merchandise technology, field marketing and sales support, brand extension and representation; talent management; Purpose; and consulting and fundraising for non-profit organizations. Omnicom Specialty Marketing Group is part of the DAS Group of Companies, a division of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) that includes more than 200 companies in a wide range of marketing disciplines including advertising, public relations, healthcare, customer relationship management, events, promotional marketing, branding and research.

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Omnicom Agencies Win Big at Campaign Asia Agency of the Year Awards

NEW YORK and SINGAPORE, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Omnicom (NYSE: OMC) agencies continued their tradition of delivering outstanding creativity and effectiveness by winning 77 awards across five key regions (Australia/New Zealand, Japan/Korea, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Greater China) in the 2020 Campaign Asia Agency of the Year Awards.

Most notably, the group’s creative agency TBWA took home two top Network Awards, winning both Creative Network of the Year and Digital Network of the Year. In addition, OMG Performance received a coveted APAC Agency Award, being named the Asia-Pacific Performance Agency of the Year. 

A few other highlights include:

  • TBWA collected a total of 31 Agency of the Year titles. In addition to the two Network Awards mentioned above, its wins included Southeast Asia Creative Agency of the Year, Southeast Asia Digital Agency of the Year and an outstanding 10 Gold Agency Awards. Of note, TBWA\Hakuhodo was named Japan’s Creative Agency of the Year for the 10th time. 
  • BBDO won an impressive 13 awards in Greater China, completing a near sweep in its people/team awards. With its talent shining through, it took home two Golds for Best Culture and Talent Development Program of the Year. 
  • DDB had a strong performance in Australia/New Zealand, winning both New Zealand Digital Agency of the Year and ANZ Social Media Agency of the Year. 
  • On the media front, OMD picked up two Golds in Southeast Asia, claiming Media Agency of the Year in both Malaysia and the Philippines. A third Gold came from Greater China, where it was named Hong Kong SAR Media Agency of the Year. 
  • Omnicom’s ability to meet client needs was highlighted in two Gold wins for Agency Marketer Partnership of the Year. The first came from BBDO India’s partnership with P&G India in South Asia, and the second came from DDB Group Hong Kong’s work with McDonald’s in Greater China.

“These impressive results showcase our strength in a very competitive APAC region, and I am proud of the teams who are behind such spectacular work for our clients,” said John Wren, Chairman and CEO of Omnicom Group. “From creative to digital to media, our agencies upheld their standards of excellence despite this year’s unforeseen challenges. Congratulations to all those who were recognized, and I thank you for your unwavering dedication.” 

For more information on Campaign Asia’s Agency of the Year Awards, visit https://www.campaignasia.com/article/agency-of-the-year-awards-2020/465136

About Omnicom Group Inc.
Omnicom Group (www.omnicomgroup.com) is a leading global marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom’s branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, digital and interactive marketing, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 70 countries. Follow us on Twitter for the latest news.

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