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After Almost a Decade Australia's Tom Dery Steps Down as M&C Saatchi's Worldwide Chairman

26/06/2017
Advertising Agency
Sydney, Australia
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Dery will remain as Chairman of M&C Saatchi Australia and continue working out of the M&C Saatchi Sydney office
M&C Saatchi CEO, David Kershaw today announced that after nine years, Australia's Tom Dery will be stepping down as Worldwide Chairman of M&C Saatchi Network.

Dery (far left, with Lord Maurice Saatchi) has been instrumental in growing M&C Saatchi into a powerhouse global network, founding the Australian, Asian and West Coast US businesses.

Says Lord Maurice Saatchi, M&C Saatchi co-founder: "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."

Says Dery: "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 thirteen years as Chairman of Asia Pacific have allowed me to establish and nurture some very dear relationships with our clients and people."

Throughout his duration as Worldwide Chairman, Dery has pursued his passion for bringing business and not-for-profit causes together. He played an integral role in launching the ground-breaking campaign for ACRF on World Cancer Day and most recently spearheaded 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 partner of The Campaign Palace, chairman and co-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.

Additionally, in 2015 Dery was selected as one of only 30 Fellows globally for the highly prestigious Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University. The same year, Dery became an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday honours list.
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