“More than 600 Cannes Lions, including nine Grand Prix, plus countless D&AD, Clio, LIA, One Show, ADC and even a couple of Emmy Awards. Congratulations to Mark Tutssel on a well-earned retirement,” Leo Burnett tweeted, announcing the departure of the creative maven after 34 years with the agency.
Tutssel was named Executive Chairman of Leo Burnett Worldwide in February last year to become the first creative at the helm of the agency since Leo Burnett himself. Prior to this role, he served as Global Chief Creative Officer for 12 years since 2006.
Tutssel will leave in June after ensuring a smooth transition, working with Nick Law, Chief Creative Officer of Publicis Groupe, and the Leo Burnett Global Creative Council.
Law said, "Mark is a legend and a close personal friend. The body of work that he has presided over is second to none. His impact on the industry and his leadership of one of the world’s great creative agencies cannot be overstated. It will be a privileged to spend the coming months with him making sure that we extend and build on his vision for Leo. I’m confident that the talent and tenacity of Leo Burnett’s creative leadership will continue to help grow our client’s business.”
Tutssel said, “Over the last 13 years, it has been a tremendous honour and responsibility to lead Leo Burnett Worldwide creatively. The industry is experiencing unprecedented change, and it seems like the right moment to turn the page to the next chapter of my life. I will leave Leo Burnett with the greatest pride and love for its people and their commitment to the power of creativity. It has fuelled me as well as many fortunate brands over the years and I am grateful.”