Assembly Appoints Pele Cortizo-Burgess Global Chief Strategy Officer

Pele Cortizo-Burgess is the company’s first Global Chief Strategy Officer.

Assembly has named Pele Cortizo-Burgess as its First Global Chief Strategy Officer. Cortizo-Burgess’ hire comes as part of the acceleration of the Stagwell (STGW) agency’s global growth strategy.

With  career that has spanned continents and iconic brands, Cortizo-Burgess brings a wealth of experience and to Assembly. Based in New York City, Cortizo-Burgess will report to Global CEO Rick Acampora and serve on the agency’s global leadership team.

Reporting to Cortizo-Burgess, Tom Manning, formerly Global Head of Consultancy, will now be moving into a Global Head of Strategy role.


Cortizo-Burgess joins Assembly from Initiative, where he started as Chief Strategy Officer and later transitioned into a Chief Culture and Inclusion Officer role, allowing him to define and increase the agency’s accountability efforts related to DE&I.

Cortizo-Burgess’ previous roles have included stints at MEC, Saatchi & Saatchi, Chiat\Day, St Luke’s, and as Chief Strategy Officer at Grey NY, among others. Cortizo-Burgess’ strategic and cultural prowess has impacted brands across the spectrum—from Air New Zealand, Got Milk?, and PlayStation, to Citibank, Tiffany & Co., and Nike—not only resulting in award-winning campaigns but also cementing his reputation as a formidable force in the brand and creative strategy.

As Global Chief Strategy Officer, Cortizo-Burgess will steer Assembly’s strategic vision in the face of a rapidly evolving media landscape, the agency said

Cortizo-Burgess added, “How could I say no?! Assembly’s proposition to ‘Find the Change that Fuels Growth’ resonated with me as someone who’s passionate about creating positive, inclusive change in culture and in business.


The opportunity to contribute to Assembly’s already successful trajectory is a privilege for me, as is the enormous chance to work alongside Rick and the incredible team to set new standards for our industry.”

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