29 September 2000

Chicago-headquartered global agency network Bcom3 Group yesterday announced a raft of promotions, including the first appointment of a female to the top job at Leo Burnett Worldwide.

Heading the promotion list is Linda Wolf (52), ceo of Leo Burnett USA, who becomes chairman-ceo of LBWW.

Robert C Brennan (41), chief operating officer of Starcom MediaVest Group, moves up to president of Leo Burnett Worldwide; while group president, Leo Burnett Asia/Pacific, Stephen J Gatfield (42) becomes chief operating officer of LBWW. Gatfield is succeeded by Richard Pinder (36), regional director, Leo Burnett Southeast Asia and Greater China, who becomes regional managing director.

The promotion-fest ends speculation as to who would succeed Roger Haupt, former chairman-ceo of BCom3, who recently relinquished the chair to focus on running the holding company. Richard Fizdale (61) remains vice chairman of Bcom3.

News source: Advertising Age - Daily Deadline