Omnicom's President and Chief Executive Officer John D. Wren stated, "I am
proud to stand with H. Carl McCall, Omnicom's DDAC Chair, and lead this
unprecedented effort to enhance diversity in the advertising industry. I am
especially grateful for the leadership of City Council Speaker Quinn and
Council Member Seabrook in this important endeavor."
City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn said, "The City Council has long
been advocating for increased diversity in the advertising industry. I am
extremely proud that the City Council, led by Council Member Seabrook, has
worked closely with Omnicom to create this distinguished committee. With this
commitment, Omnicom is placing itself at the forefront of diversity efforts in
advertising, and we hope that this can serve as a model for the entire
Council Member Seabrook said, "I thank CEO Wren and his team for working
closely with the City Council for the past year and hope that the DDAC's
efforts will transform the advertising industry into a model of diversity."
Omnicom's DDAC Chair H. Carl McCall stated, "I am honored to serve the
DDAC and look forward to working with Committee members to identify and
develop initiatives to improve diversity in the advertising industry."
The inaugural ceremony took place at New York City Hall and included City
Council Speaker Quinn; Council Member and Chair, Civil Rights Committee, Larry
B. Seabrook; Omnicom President and Chief Executive Officer Wren; other Omnicom
executives; Omnicom DDAC members (listed below); Omnicom DDAC Executive
Director, Priscilla A. Jenkins; and Weldon H. Latham, Diversity Legal Counsel
to Omnicom and Counselor to the DDAC.
The Omnicom DDAC is comprised of eight (8) notable business and community
leaders, as well as past and present Omnicom executives.
* DDAC Chair, H. Carl McCall-Director of several public corporations,
including Tyco International and Ariel Mutual Fund; former New York
State Comptroller and State Senator; Trustee of the State University of
* Darwin M. Davis, Jr.-President and CEO, New York Urban League; has
served on various nonprofit advisory boards, including the New York
City Procurement Advisory Board and the Consortium of Central Harlem
Development, which successfully built $125 million in housing and
commercial property in Central Harlem during the 1990s.
* R. Vann Graves-Vice President, Associate Creative Director, BBDO (an
Omnicom operating company); former co-chair of the executive board for
the American Association of Advertising Agencies' Multicultural
Advertising Intern Program (MAIP), Board of Managers at the Harlem
YMCA, and Board of Trustees for the Pratt Institute.
* James Mtume-Radio personality, two-time Grammy Award winning producer
and writer; worked with Miles Davis between 1971-1975.
* Maria Valentina Nunes-Private consultant; former Senior Director of
Interbrand (an Omnicom operating company) and President and Chief
Operating Officer of Desgrippes Gobe Group.
* Sharon Robinson-Director of Educational Programming, Major League
Baseball; daughter of legendary baseball hero and American icon Jackie
* MarySol Rodriguez-Vice President, Government Affairs, Partnership for
New York City (non-profit membership organization comprised of a
selected group of 200 Chief Executive Officers); serves on the Mayor's
Task Force on Diversity in Film, Television, and Commercial Production,
the Clear Channel Local Advisory Board, and the NYC Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce; received El Diario La Prensa 2003 Outstanding Latina Award.
* Tom W. Watson-Former Omnicom Vice Chairman and Dean, Omnicom
University; recipient of the 2007 Advertising Production Person of the
Year (APPY) Award.
Weldon Latham, Counselor to the DDAC, Chair of the Corporate Diversity
Counseling Group of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, and advisor to numerous Fortune
500 clients on corporate diversity matters, praised John Wren for his
leadership in establishing the DDAC, and congratulated the New York City
Council and DDAC members for their commitments to this important endeavor.
Latham stated, "With team work from leaders of the New York City Council and
the largest worldwide marketing and communications company, achieving
diversity representation can be changed from a persistent problem to a
Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) (www.omnicomgroup.com). Omnicom is a
leading global advertising, 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: Pat Sloan
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(212) 788-7157; (646) 263-1487
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