The Global CEO of Dentsu International, Wendy Clark will depart the company after two years following the Tokyo-based company’s decision to combine its international and Japanese organizations into a single operation. With the new structure, Dentsu will be operating through two business units—Dentsu Japan Network, and Dentsu International—in a global “One Management Team” structure, with business operations conducted in four regions—Japan, the Americas, EMEA, and APAC.
This is part of Dentsu’s transition to “a new globally integrated leadership structure” which it says is part of the leadership team’s ongoing business transformation efforts across the entire group following the launch of the comprehensive review in 2020.
The group will globally integrate each of its corporate functions to build a common management platform, including the launch this month of a dedicated “Integration Office” to drive the transformation process.
Dentsu said in a statement: “Following a series of extensive discussions, the company’s senior leadership team agreed to make structural changes to the group designed to accelerate business transformation, further enhance management capabilities and deepen client relationships.”
Clark, who prior to joining Dentsu was CEO of Omnicom’s DDB agencies, will remain in her current role until 31st December.
“We are deeply grateful to Wendy for the significant contribution she has made in helping dentsu group and dentsu international recover their performance and build a strong foundation for the future,” said President & CEO, Hiroshi Igarashi.
He added that the transition to the global ‘One Management Team’ structure is an ongoing effort to “enhance our corporate value.” Igarashi said that “making this a reality will require the close cooperation of the 67,000 employees across our global team.”
Commenting on her departure, Clark said: “It’s hard to be prouder of our 46,000+ Dentsu International team members and leadership. It’s their brilliant thinking, hard work and commitment that has accelerated the opportunity for Dentsu International to now become fully integrated into Dentsu Group and led by One Management Team. While I will miss this team greatly, my confidence in them could not be higher and I will be cheering for their many successes to come.”