Jim Heekin to take over director’s role at McCanns Europe

A senior McCann-Erickson executive, tipped as a possible future boss of the global network, is being posted to London as part of a worldwide management reshuffle.

A senior McCann-Erickson executive, tipped as a possible future

boss of the global network, is being posted to London as part of a

worldwide management reshuffle.



Jim Heekin will take over as director of McCanns for Europe, Africa and

the Middle East - the network’s largest region - succeeding Michael

Sennott, who returns to the US to become vice-chairman and director of

client services for the McCann world group of companies.



The appointment of Heekin, 48, who is at present the president of

McCanns in North America, has come as a surprise to network managers in

Europe who had expected Sennott’s job to go to David Warden, the UK

agency group chairman.



Instead, Warden, 49, will report to Heekin while adding the area

directorship of Eastern Europe to his responsibilities.



The move is being seen as part of efforts to broaden Heekin’s management

experience in readiness for the time he may succeed John Dooner as the

McCanns worldwide chairman.



Dooner is expected to vacate the chairmanship within the next four years

to take over from Phil Geier as head of Interpublic, McCanns’ parent

company.



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