for 34 years,
According to multiple reports, Leo Burnett Executive Chairman Mark Tutssel has announced that he is retiring.
An award-winning leader with more than three decades of experience, Tutssel was not only an essential contributor to Leo Burnett’s success, but also an active member of the advertising community.
Tutssel became Global Chief Creative Officer at Leo Burnett in 2006 and was appointed Executive Chairman last year. In September 2018, he was the first recipient of the Epica Awards Creative Leaders Tribute. He has created campaigns for clients including Samsung, McDonald’s, P&G and Coca-Cola.
“Over the last 13 years, it has been a tremendous honor and responsibility to lead Leo Burnett Worldwide creatively,” said Tutssel. “The industry is experiencing unprecedented change, and it seems like the right moment to turn the page to the next chapter of my life. I will leave Leo Burnett with the greatest pride and love for its people and their commitment to the power of creativity. It has fueled me as well as many fortunate brands over the years and I am grateful.”
Tutssel’s exit is scheduled for June. In the meantime, he will work with the Leo Burnett Global Creative Council and Publicis Groupe Chief Creative Officer of Nick Law to ensure a smooth transition.
“Mark is a legend and a close personal friend,” said Law. “The body of work that he has presided over is second to none. His impact on the industry and his leadership of one of the world’s great creative agencies cannot be overstated. It will be a privilege to spend the coming months with him making sure that we extend and build on his vision for Leo.”
Send your advertising news to Reel Chicago Editor Dan Patton, firstname.lastname@example.org.