Jim Heekin is to succeed John Dooner as the chairman and chief
executive of the McCann-Erickson Worldgroup. The appointment will be
announced at a meeting of the Worldgroup board on 3 April.
The move had been expected following Dooner’s promotion to president and
chief operating officer of the Interpublic Group last week.
In an interview with Campaign, Dooner confirmed Heekin’s promotion and
stressed the incoming chairman’s role in the expansion that has taken
McCanns from billings of dollars 7 billion to dollars 20 billion over
the past six years.
Dooner said: ’Jim has been instrumental to our success, especially with
regard to new-business expansion in the US and Europe.
’We both have the challenge of broadening something that’s already very
Heekin, the president and chief executive officer of McCann-Erickson
Worldwide, will take over the management of McCann’s ’corridor’
companies, which were established by Dooner in 1997 and which
Interpublic believes are crucial to the network’s continuing
The ’corridor’ system covers relationship, direct and online marketing
as well as healthcare and PR.
’McCann must continue to broaden and strengthen the corridors and build
up both the reality and the perception of our creative product,’ Dooner
The promotion of 51-year-old Dooner last week is seen as the latest
stage in a transition that will eventually see him replacing 65-year-old
Phil Geier as the chairman and CEO of Interpublic.
Dooner will hold the chief operating officer title for nine months and
will then be appointed president and CEO, with Geier remaining as