Ben Langdon, the McCann-Erickson chief executive, has raided his
former agency, CDP, to poach its second-in-command, Marc Lepere, as his
joint deputy chairman.
Lepere, 37, is expected to quit the deputy chairmanship of CDP within
the next six weeks to work alongside Langdon and Jerry Green, the other
deputy chairman, in a management triumvirate.
Lepere’s move fills a gap created as a result of a worldwide management
reshuffle earlier this year, when David Warden, the London chairman,
added the area directorship of Eastern Europe to his responsibilities
(Campaign, 23 January).
It also renews the working relationship between Lepere and Langdon,
CDP’s former chief executive, who appointed him as joint assistant
managing director of CDP in 1994.
Langdon said Lepere would share the agency’s managerial workload while
dealing with strategic planning at executive board level.