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Maxus strengthens global board with three additions

Dan Benedict, Rudi Symons and Pam Sullivan join the Maxus global executive board

Maxus strengthens global board with three additions

Dan Benedict, Rudi Symons and Pam Sullivan join the Maxus global executive board

BestMediaBureau | Mumbai | September 23, 2016

(L-R) Dan Benedict, Rudi Symons and Pam Sullivan (L-R) Dan Benedict, Rudi Symons and Pam Sullivan

Maxus yesterday announced the strengthening of its global senior management team with three new appointments to its global executive board. Dan Benedict, Rudi Symons and Pam Sullivan, the three new additions to the company’s global board, will be joining the ExCo. While Benedict and Symons have also been promoted to new roles, Sullivan will continue in her role as MD of Maxus Los Angeles.

Benedict, who joined Maxus as Managing Partner in 2014 from MEC where he was Global Client Lead, has now been promoted to the position of Worldwide Chief Client Officer. In his new role, he will continue to help develop the ever-expanding Maxus global Huawei relationship and GroupM’s global L’Oréal account across 19 markets as well as spearheading the Maxus Client Leadership practice.

Symons joined Maxus in September 2015 as EMEA Head of Talent and Culture and has been named Worldwide Chief Talent Officer now. Symons will be responsible for developing the global talent and culture strategy across 55 markets. Since joining, he has launched a number of HR initiatives at Maxus including Maxus Global Exchange, an international exchange programme that this year sees 76 Maxus people experiencing work and life in another Maxus office in one of 45 cities around the world; and Maxus Walk The Talk, an intensive coaching experience designed to improve gender balance at the most senior level.

Sullivan joined Maxus in 2011 as Managing Director for Maxus Los Angeles, leading the launch of the new office. She also heads Maxus’s largest client in North American, leading the NBCU film and television business, for which she oversees and leads strategic planning, implementation and stewardship for all products. In her five years at Maxus, Sullivan has increased the Los Angeles office’s billings fourfold.

Lindsay Pattison Lindsay Pattison

Commenting on the appointments, Lindsay Pattison, Worldwide CEO, Maxus, said, “People are any agency’s biggest asset and our team at Maxus is what sets us apart. Our talent delivers highly creative, award winning campaigns that grow our clients’ businesses. Adding Pam and Dan, our most senior client leaders to the ExCo is critical to how we succeed. And Rudi is ensuring that we get that great work by having super motivated people who feel inspired and empowered at Maxus. These three brilliant individuals are also wonderful team players and I am so happy they are stepping up to be on our top team.”

“Dan’s experience working with some of our biggest clients has been hugely influential across all markets, regions and globally. He offers exceptionally calm and experienced client leadership and he’s always one to roll up his sleeves and make things happen. LA is one of the most culturally important cities in the world, especially for the creative industries. Where it innovates, the rest of the world follows. And Pam has been leading and growing our West Coast offer and delivering stellar work for NBCU,” added Pattison.

Speaking about his new role, Benedict said, “With Maxus’ unique client-centric culture my new role is firmly about supporting clients through this time of peak complexity. The key is ensuring local knowledge delivers global impact whilst making sure that Maxus’ excellent consistency and quality is maintained worldwide.”

“I love working for Maxus – it truly lives its Leading Change philosophy: for its clients and for its people – it’s a joy to work in such a fresh thinking, collaborative culture with equality at its heart. I’m very proud to now be leading the global talent and culture strategy and I’m excited about the opportunities ahead,” said Symons.

On her promotion to the global ExCo, Sullivan said, “To be promoted onto the global ExCo is recognition for all the hard work of the entire NBCU Maxus team. I’m looking forward to offering my experiences in Los Angeles to drive Maxus’ global growth in the future.”

Sullivan will continue to be based in Los Angeles and report to both Steve Williams, Americas CEO, Maxus and Lindsay Pattison. Benedict and Symons will continue to be based in London and report to Pattison.

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