Move comes as long serving Chet Gulland plans new venture
Droga5 New York today announced the promotion of Colm Murphy and Harry Román-Torres to the roles of Co-Heads of Strategy. Both were previously Group Strategy Directors.
Colm and Harry join the leadership ranks of the Strategy department, which is headed up by Global Chief Strategy Officer Jonny Bauer alongside Head of Communications Strategy Colleen Leddy and Head of Data Strategy Andrew Tully. Droga5’s strategy department houses around 70 people.
Jonny Bauer commented, “We are excited to double down on leadership with two of the kindest, most creative and capable people in the industry. Together with Colleen and Andrew, Colm and Harry will continue to build and grow the influence of our 70-plus-strong Strategy team.”
Colm has been with Droga5 for two years and has worked on Chase, Georgia-Pacific and Dun & Bradstreet during his tenure there. Prior to Droga5, he ran Rolex and Puma at JWT New York after having started his career at JWT London, where he ran parts of their Kraft and Nestle business.
Harry first joined Droga5 in 2008. He left the agency for stints at Leo Burnett New York and then at Google before returning to Droga5 as Group Strategy Director. At Droga5, he most recently worked on NRG, SheaMoisture and Under Armour. Before his first tour of duty at Droga5, Harry was at TAXI in New York, where he worked with clients such as OpenSkies, Blue Shield of California and Versus Network. Harry is also one of the leaders behind Droga5’s Diversity and Inclusion initiative, D&IQ.
The appointments come as Chet Gulland, current Head of Strategy, plans to leave the agency at the end of May after six years with Droga5.
“It is always tough when the good ones go, but we respect that, after six years, he has the urge to stretch his legs. Chet is family. We will miss him greatly and wish him every success in his next venture,” said Jonny Bauer.