Campaign reported on yet another White female enjoying a promotion in adland: Dentsu Aegis Network UK CEO Tracy De Groose was elevated to the company’s EMEA executive board. Since Dentsu is a Japanese-owned enterprise, the upgrade shows Caucasian adwomen even thrive internationally. Plus, De Groose was only bumped to her Dentsu Aegis Network UK CEO role last May, having previously held the lowly position of CEO at Carat. Oh, how the woman must have suffered through the overwhelming obstacles posed by gender inequality in our industry. Gee, at this point, Kat Gordon and Lindsey Clay should be candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize. Or at least an ADCOLOR® Award.
Tracy De Groose promoted at Dentsu Aegis Network
By Sarah Shearman
Tracy De Groose, the chief executive of Dentsu Aegis Network UK, has been promoted to its EMEA executive board, following the appointment of Rob Horler as the network’s first US chief executive.
De Groose, who was promoted to chief executive of Dentsu Aegis Network UK in May from her previous role of chief executive of Carat, will also take on additional management responsibility for Ireland.
Horler, who is currently the chief executive of Northern Europe at Dentsu Aegis Network, will relocate from London to New York in April.
He will continue to report to Nigel Morris, the chief executive of Dentsu Aegis Network, Americas and EMEA.
Horler joined the business as the managing partner of Carat Interactive in London 2000. He went on to found the digital media agency Diffiniti, which became part of the iProspect network in 2009.
After becoming the managing director of Carat UK in 2008, Horler was promoted to chief executive for Aegis Media UK in 2011. Horler assumed his current role as the chief executive of Dentsu Aegis Network Northern Europe in 2013.
Horler will retain his responsibility for the ongoing global development of Dentsu Aegis’ iProspect and Data2Decisions brands.
The Northern Europe chief executive will not be replaced directly. Other changes include Thierry Jadot, the chief executive of Dentsu Aegis Network France, taking on responsibility for the oversight of the network in the Netherlands.