Ari Weiss has been promoted to chief creative officer of DDB Worldwide, expanding his remit to include creative responsibilities of the global network. His first hire in the new role names Britt Nolan as his successor and chief creative officer for DDB North America. Nolan most recently served as co-president and chief creative officer of Leo Burnett US.
Weiss joined DDB in 2016, nearly a year after Wendy Clark was appointed North America chief executive officer of the Omnicom network. As part of the resurgence, Weiss has led the region to a total of 38 Cannes Lions and is perhaps best known for campaigns like ‘The Flip’ for McDonald's, where the iconic ‘M’ arches were flipped to a ‘W’ for International Women's Day; and ‘Skittles Commercial: The Broadway Musical’ for Mars Wrigley Confectionery.
"As a global agency network that bears Bill Bernbach's name and believes that creativity is the most powerful force in business, it's critical to have leaders who constantly champion, provoke and expand creativity in all of its forms, potential and impact," said Clark. "Ari's career is best characterized as doing just that. Under his creative leadership the last two years, our North America region has seen a resurgence in business-impacting, award-winning work and high-caliber creative recruiting. I couldn't be more excited to work together again on a global scale."
Nolan will take over responsibilities for DDB North America's creative leadership as the region's new chief creative officer following Weiss. He joins from Leo Burnett, where he spent 10 years, most recently as co-president and chief creative officer of the Chicago office. While there, Nolan oversaw work that won more than 50 Cannes Lion awards and many more across international shows.
"Jealousy is a powerful motivator in the creative community, and Britt Nolan has been making me jealous for many, many years," said Weiss. "I'm confident not only in his ability to keep raising the bar higher in North America, but also in his ability to partner with me and our leaders across the region to continue finding the best ways to provide our clients best-in-class creative output."