J.Walter Thompson has announced that chief executive officer, Chris Jones, will assume the additional title of chairman.
He takes over from Burt Manning who retired from the agency in December, and who now holds the title chairman emeritus. Manning continues to provide expert counsel where needed.
Jones, who was appointed ceo in January 1996, is best known as the architect of Thompson Total Branding, the agency's proprietary model for global brand management.
Before becoming ceo Jones was executive vice president of worldwide agency operations, based in London.