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Paulo Fogaca Named Dentsu Creative US CEO



Paulo joins dentsu from his previous role as global CCO and managing partner at GUT

Paulo Fogaca Named Dentsu Creative US CEO

“Operational efficiency and creative excellence often run in opposition of one another - a constant clash that ultimately amputates the potential big ideas can have for brands and society. Paulo Fogaca is a rare builder with vision, who only brings the best of both worlds to the table. I’m beyond energised he’s joining us as Dentsu Creative CEO for the US,” shares dentsu global chief creative officer, Fred Levron. “Paulo’s relentless appetite and entrepreneurial spirit to grow individuals and businesses is just what we need to reinvent creativity.” 

The announcement comes on the heels of Dentsu Group’s shift to a global integrated leadership structure

“I stand for integration and removing anything that gets in the way of radical collaboration. That’s why I had to be a part of what Dentsu Creative is building,” says Paulo. “My joy comes from intentionally bringing together all the pieces - talent, technologies and cultural fluency - to solve complex business problems through creativity. In this role, I get to be a complement and conduit for how we manifest Modern Creativity in service of our people and brand partners through our work and the fabric of our network’s culture - and I get to do it with peers who wow me: Abbey, Laurel, Pedro and Rafa.”

Paulo stressed how real transformation comes from collective efforts, not individual actions. The interview process and his admiration for the core Dentsu Creative US leadership referenced above heavily informed his career move. Abbey Klaassen is president of Dentsu Creative’s New York hub and Laurel Flatt is president of the Chicago hub. Both Pedro Perez and Rafa (Rafael) Rizuto are new joiners, Perez tapped as CCO for Chicago and Rizuto CCO for the US + Hispanic LATAM.

His immediate remit is to crystalise Dentsu Creative’s vision, strategy and positioning for the US supercharging growth for the network and its clients. Early days will be spent getting embedded with agency teams and brand leaders to learn more about pressing business imperatives. 

Paulo will report into both Levron and dentsu Americas CEO and chief global client officer, Jacki Kelley.

“The US remains the most critical of markets for creative expansion in partnership with our global leadership,” explains Jacki. “Paulo will oversee the entirety of our US operations while also being a critical voice in bolstering our capabilities in Entertainment, Earned Attention and Experience.”

As the oldest of the holding companies, founded in 1901, dentsu is no start up. “We have hearts of entrepreneurs, having been built through acquisition, however” adds Jacki. “Wearing every hat you can imagine and working within all sorts of different operating models - Paulo has steered brands and people toward remarkable trajectories. I can’t wait to see what he will do working closely with our exceptional leaders and clients.”

Paulo comes to Dentsu Creative by way of GUT, where he was global COO and managing partner for nearly three years. He was responsible for running global agency operations across its five offices in Miami, Toronto, Mexico, São Paulo and Buenos Aires. Before that, Paulo was a lead architect and global COO of DAVID - overseeing offices in Miami, Buenos Aires and São Paulo. Under his watch, GUT was named to Ad Age’s 2021 A-List after only three years of existence. Likewise, DAVID Miami received Ad Age A-List and Adweek Breakthrough Agency of the Year honours while being named the fourth-most creative agency globally at the Cannes Lions Festival.

Over Fogaca’s 25+ year career - he’s helped:

As one of the industry’s most-awarded executives, Paulo has been featured on Ad Age’s 40 Under 40, Adweek 50 and Adweek’s Young Influentials lists. His stout portfolio has earned Effies, Grand Clios, Cannes Lions Grand Prix and other industry accolades.

“I’ve lived and worked across many different countries and continents. I started as a brand-side client, then to a legendary holding company and then built and opened boutique and indie agencies. I’ve dabbled in everything from production to PR - a constant student of it all,” adds Paulo. “I’m bringing every lived experience and every lesson learned to this role, ready to take on every chance and challenge to show Dentsu Creative can be the most integral and trustworthy partner for brands and industry talent.”

Paulo fills the post left by Jon Dupuis who was elevated to a global clients president role in October.

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Dentsu Creative US, Tue, 06 Dec 2022 12:03:05 GMT