Rob Reilly Named Global Chief Creative Officer at WPP

    Reilly will be making the jump from McCann Worldgroup where he currently serves as Global Creative Chairman.

    By The Staff - Jan 15, 2021
    Rob Reilly Named Global Chief Creative Officer at WPP

    Rob Reilly has been appointed Global Chief Creative Officer at WPP. He will report to CEO Mark Read when he joins the team in May. Currently, he serves as Global Creative Chairman of McCann Worldgroup.

    According to a statement from WPP, Reilly will be tasked with championing creativity within and beyond the company as well as fostering a culture that delivers the best work to WPP’s clients. He is also tasked with attracting and nurturing the creative talent, driving inclusion and diversity in creative work and teams, and working with technology partners to fuel the creativity needed for their platforms.

    Reilly has led McCann Worldgroup’s creative resurgence – overseeing highly-awarded work, including the “Fearless Girl” statue on Wall Street for State Street Global Advisors. McCann was also named Network of the Year at the 2019 Cannes International Festival of Creativity.

    Reilly has chaired several industry award show juries, including Cannes Lions three times. He is a member of The One Club for Creativity Board and the Facebook Global Client Council.

    “Mark’s ambition is to make WPP the most creative company on the planet. For a creative person, that was impossible to resist. He is leading a complete reinvention of WPP and is committed to putting creativity at the center of everything the company does. I look forward to joining the talented team of people at WPP and helping its fantastic agencies continue to build on their success,” said Reilly.

    Before moving to McCann in 2014, Reilly was Partner and Worldwide Chief Creative Officer at Crispin Porter + Bogusky, which was named Advertising Age’s Agency of the Decade during his tenure.

    “Rob is one of the world’s most celebrated creative leaders. He has been a transformative creative force wherever he has applied his considerable talent, and I know he will have the same impact at WPP. I am delighted that Rob is joining us as we look to make WPP synonymous with the world’s most creative, most effective and most forward-looking work – and at a time when this has never been more important to our clients,” added Read.


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