Omnicom taps Kathleen Saxton as first global CMO

By Abimbola Mohammed

Omnicom Group Inc. has announced the appointment of Kathleen Saxton as Chief Marketing Officer, effective January 1.

In her new role, Saxton will be responsible for marketing Omnicom’s award-winning capabilities and its Omni-channel solutions for global enterprise clients, building on the company’s success in this area.

Saxton joins from MediaLink where she served as Managing Director EMEA, responsible for strategic consulting, agency selection, talent advisory, marketing, and sales.

She is also co-founder of Advertising Week Europe. Previously, she ran her talent advisory firm, The Lighthouse, for a decade and held marketing positions at Sky Television, Saatchi, and PHD.

Daryl Simm, President and Chief Operating Officer of Omnicom Group, said: “Kathleen steps into this role with a deep understanding of the solutions that modern global clients want in order to succeed in a transformed consumer world. Her proven marketing skills will elevate our incredible agency talent and our connected client solutions that achieve better business results.”

“With its iconic and creative agency networks and future-looking disciplines, Omnicom has established itself as a leader for integrated client solutions,” said Saxton. “I am eager to work alongside an incredible team to orchestrate its vast capabilities to best serve clients.”

Saxton sits on the board of NSPCC Childline and is an active member of WACL (Women in Advertising and Communications Leadership). She is also a mentor for the UK government’s Speakers For Schools program.


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