Phil McDonald departs Y&R as CEO ‘effective immediately’

Phil McDonald, the CEO of WPP’s creative agency Y&R Australia, has departed the agency effective immediately, Mumbrella can reveal.

McDonald was promoted to the role of CEO after Jason Buckley departed in January 2016.

McDonald said he will announce his next role in the coming weeks

Prior to taking on the CEO title, McDonald was Y&R’s group managing director for three years.

In a statement to Mumbrella, Mike Connaghan, CEO at WPP AUNZ, thanked McDonald for his time at the agency.

“He took the reins at a tough time for the business, but has played an important part in growing both its capabilities and solid client offering. We wish him well in his future endeavours.”

McDonald added: “In my time as regional CEO, we have reinvented our business across five cities, won awards all over the world, attracted some great new clients and some of the best talent in the industry. The agency is well set up and after 11 years at Y&R, it is the right time for me to move on to a completely new opportunity, which I will announce in the coming weeks.”

An announcement regarding McDonald’s replacement will made soon, but for now Y&R’s state managing directors will lead the agency and report directly into WPP AUNZ.

This year has seen a slate of CEO and senior departures within creative agencies, with McDonald’s departure becoming the third within WPP’s creative offerings alone.

Earlier in February Mumbrella revealed WhiteGREY’s joint-CEO Paul Worboys stepped down and two weeks the other CEO, Miles Joyce, followed.

M&C Saatchi’s Lee Simpson was later revealed as the new CEO of WhiteGREY.

Meanwhile, McCann’s CEO, Ben Lilley resigned in February while Leo Burnett’s CEO, Peter Bosilkovski stepped down just weeks later.

In March last year, Paul Nagy joined Y&R as its chief creative officer and started off the year by winning the creative account for Alfa Romeo.

Meanwhile, Y&R lost its executive creative director, David Joubert, who joined DDB Sydney as its creative partner.



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