M&C Saatchi PLC chief executive David Kershaw has announced that Tom Dery (pictured above, left) will be stepping down as worldwide chairman of the group after nine years at the helm.
Dery will remain as chairman of M&C Saatchi’s Australian arm, and will continue working out of the company’s Sydney office.
Throughout his tenure as global chairman, Dery has pursued his passion for bringing business and not-for-profit causes together, playing an integral role in launching the ground-breaking campaign for ACRF on World Cancer Day and recently spearheading the global launch of AIME Mentoring.
Dery’s career has been divided between client and agency sides. His client experiences were with Qantas Airlines and Ansett (general manager, commercial).
On the agency side, he was a founding partner of The Campaign Palace, chairman and founder of Whybin Dery & Barnes (precursor to TBWA in Australia), managing director of DDB Melbourne, and as of May 1995, executive chairman of M&C Saatchi Asia Pacific.
M&C Saatchi co-founder Maurice Saatchi (pictured above, right) said: “Tom Dery is a legend in advertising and deservedly so. He is the creator of many highly successful and respected companies in our network. We are proud and privileged to have shared in his historic personal achievements.”
Commenting on his resignation, Dery said: “I’m delighted to be continuing to work with the Australian business and doing everything I can to assist Jaimes Leggett and his management team.
“The past nine years as worldwide chairman and 13 years as chairman of Asia Pacific have allowed me to establish and nurture some very dear relationships with our clients and people.”