Ground-breaking executive and diversity champion joins McCann Worldgroup’s flagship creative agency
McCann announced today that Amber Guild will join as CEO of its New York office starting in January 2023. Amber will report directly to Chris Macdonald, global chairman and CEO, McCann.
Amber brings a powerful mix of experience and influence to McCann. During her two-decade career Amber has helped to shape the future of modern marketing and led transformation for some of the world’s most iconic brands and brings a track record of innovation-driven growth across advertising, publishing, media and technology.
Amber joins from Grey where she was most recently the CEO of the New York office. From 2017 to 2021, Amber was president of The New York Times T Brand Studio leading its advertising and events business. While with The Times, Amber also co-led its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategy which launched the largest cultural transformation at the company has seen in its 169-year history.
Daryl Lee, Global CEO, McCann Worldgroup said, “Amber is a rare hybrid talent, with experience in media-fuelled creativity as well as in traditional advertising. I am excited to see her lead the amazing team we have at McCann New York.”
Amber brings a wealth of leadership experience working at organisations including Ogilvy & Mather, Saatchi & Saatchi and COLLINS. In 2016 she was named one of Ad Age’s ‘Women to Watch’; sits on the boards and advisory councils of SATURDAY MORNING, 3% Movement, VCU Brandcenter, and is a founding member of CHIEF – an organisation focused on connecting and supporting women executive leaders.
Chris Macdonald, global CEO, McCann commented, “We are at an exciting moment on our McCann journey. We are winning new business, delivering impactful brand platforms for leading global, regional, and local brands. We have a fantastic culture where exceptional talent comes to live, work and thrive and I am absolutely delighted that Amber is joining the New York leadership team to help us build the best future for our clients, partners and our people.”
Amber’s appointment follows several new business wins for the New York agency, including Post Cereals, Prudential and Osmo. McCann New York was also recently named USA Agency of the Year at the Gerety Awards 2022 and won Agency of the Year at the 2021 Webby’s.
Amber said of her new role, “I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to work with an organisation which shares my values. McCann and the wider McCann Worldgroup community are fully committed to creating a workplace that is inclusive, diverse and future-facing. We share a vision that multifaceted creativity can have a profound impact on our clients’ businesses as well as the world around us. I am absolutely delighted to be joining the team and can’t wait to see what we can do together.”
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