AgenciesSaatchi & Saatchi CEO leaves for DDB

DDB appoints the first Latina CEO Andrea Diquez to lead Chicago office, its largest in the region.
Marcom Weekly StaffMay 17, 20214 min

Andrea Diquez joins DDB Chicago as chief executive officer, after more than two decades in various roles at Saatchi & Saatchi including CEO of Mexico, from 2011-2013, and most recently New York. Justin Thomas-Copeland, CEO of DDB North America announced the addition of a new leader at the helm of their Chicago office, last week as the advertising agency seeks Diquez’s inspirational leadership to ignite growth for the region’s largest office.

“Andrea is bringing an incredible set of skills and experience to DDB Chicago,” says Thomas-Copeland. “She is landing at DDB during an incredible time for our agency, but also at an amazing time in her career. She will become our first Latina CEO in Chicago, an office with a history of explosive growth and creativity. These are characteristics which Andrea innately brings through her leadership style and outlook. She combines creativity and connected thinking to deliver the unexpected to clients and spark growth.”

Originally from Venezuela, Andrea has spent the majority of her more than 25-year career in New York working various account management including once serving as the global equity director at Saatchi & Saatchi New York. Under her leadership, Saatchi & Saatchi experienced a period of significant transformation, growth and industry recognition that included numerous creative and effectiveness awards.

Andrea brings to her role a people-first mindset and rich experience in capturing cultural moments and transforming business for her clients across multiple industries. DDB hopes her approach will drive the agency’s strategy across its global client roster. Diquez will report directly to Thomas-Copeland and oversee all aspects of the business for DDB’s largest North American office.

“I’m thrilled to join the incredible team at DDB,” says Diquez. “DDB is famous for its creativity and I’m excited to infuse that creative spirit into every part of the business. I am drawn to DDB’s new ambition that combines creativity and connection to drive relevance, unlock audiences and ultimately grow our clients’ business in unexpected ways. I believe this will be a winning combination to continue the growth of DDB Chicago, too.”

Previously honored as an Adcolor Champion and Woman to Watch, Diquez recognizes the critical role of diversity in growing business and bringing creativity to clients. A company announcement boasts her effectiveness in building “highly-diverse teams that deliver powerful creative solutions for complex business challenges.”=

“Andrea will put DDB on a new trajectory,” says Thomas-Copeland. “We are honored to have such a progressive, creatively minded and inspiring leader join our ranks. We look forward to Andrea sparking growth for our clients, their brands and also for our business.”

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