McCann Worldgroup Japan promotes Antony Cundy to president and CEO

Antony Cundy has been promoted to president and CEO of McCann Worldgroup Japan. Cundy was formerly the chief client officer at the agency. The appointment is effective from October 1. He will succeed Charless Cadell who was previously CEO at the agency. 

Antony Cundy will work closely with McCann Worldgroup Japan chairman Hiroshi Namiki and the heads of the agency’s group companies.

A note from McCann Worldgroup said: “He will lead the largest multinational marketing communications group in Japan with 700 employees and a track record of working with both local and multinational clients.” 

Cundy has previously worked for agencies like Hakuhodo Lintas, DDB, Beacon from the Publicis Group and Wunderman. 

Earlier this year, Cadell had moved on from his role of Asia-Pacific president for McCann Worldgroup, with its London CEO Alex Lubar taking over. At the time, a spokesperson for McCann said that Cadell would be transitioning to a role within the network, but it is clear now that he is leaving the agency.

Speaking about Cundy’s appointment, Cadell said: “Tony was always the clear successor of mine since he joined us three years ago. I leave the company in the good hands of Tony who has been the architect of much of this growth and who has a clear vision of where to go next. 

“He has all that it takes to run McCann Worldgroup Japan as he lives and breathes the best of both worlds. One of our strengths was doing business in Japan for 60 years for both Japanese and Western clients and being a part of a strong global network. I am confident he will excel and continue to lead the group to further growth.” 

McCann Worldgroup chairman and CEO  Harris Diamond said: “Given the global importance of Japan and the prominence of our multidiscipline agency group there, Tony brings the right high level of experience and vision that will help our multinational and local clients drive further growth there through our integrated capabilities.  

“We thank Charles for his role in leading and energising our multiplatform offering and driving our success in the market”

McCann Worldgroup Asia Pacific president Alex Lubar said: “Tony has a proven track record for driving growth and integration across the disciplines of McCann Worldgroup Japan. 

“As the third largest advertising market in the world, our success in Japan is paramount. Elevating Tony to the role of CEO and President is critical to ensuring our ongoing prosperity in the market.”

Cundy said: “I am delighted to succeed Charles as president of McCann Worldgroup, at such a unique time in Japan’s history. We have generated significant momentum in the last few years and, along with our agency leaders, I want to accelerate this growth with a renewed focus on delivering outstanding creativity for our clients.”


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