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
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
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
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.