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Wunderman Thompson’s chairman Tamara Ingram steps down

Wunderman Thompson’s Tamara Ingram will be stepping down as chairman. She will be moving into a new role of non-executive chair before leaving the agency later this year, a spokesperson confirmed to Marketing.

As chairman, Ingram (pictured) was tasked to promote the agency’s vision and support the integration of the agencies, as well as provide counsel to the global leadership team. Her main focus was global client partnerships, working closely with regional leads across the network.

Previously, Ingram was the global chief executive officer of J. Walter Thompson, heading up the agency’s global network of 12,000 employees, across 200 offices in 90 countries. She then helmed the global chairman role after JWT merged with Wunderman in November 2018. The global CEO remit for the then newly formed agency was handed to former global CEO of Wunderman, Mel Edwards.

Prior to JWT, Ingram was the chief client team officer at WPP where she led 45 global account teams. Her extensive advertising agency experience includes earlier roles as Grey UK’s group chief executive officer, global leader on its P&G account, and at WPP’s wholly owned data investment division, Kantar. Prior to joining the WPP family, Ingram was chief executive officer of McCann Worldgroup in London and chief executive officer of Saatchi & Saatchi’s London office.

In a previous conversation with Marketing, Ingram said:

The role of the creative agency has changed dramatically, yet hasn’t changed at all.

So there’s a paradox. Where the role of creative agencies has, she explained is around the technology that has enabled creative agencies to be much richer in the service that they can deliver via AI, VR, personalisation, and the ability to talk to someone one-on-one.

“A creative agency is no longer just about the communication. It is about the data, it is about creative technology, and it is about understanding people and meeting them with the brand messages beyond just communication,” she said.

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