DDB New York Appoints Madison Wharton as Chief Production Officer
DDB Worldwide, part of Omnicom Group, announced today the appointment of Madison Wharton as Chief Production Officer of DDB New York. In this role, Wharton will be responsible for creating a new operational model and new capabilities for the integrated needs of the agency. She will report to Chris Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer of DDB New York.
This hire is the latest in a string of senior appointments for DDB New York under Brown, who is revitalizing the agency with new top talent including Icaro Doria, Chief Creative Officer, and other key executives focused on content and innovation.
“We are delighted to welcome Madison to the team at such an exciting time for DDB New York,” said Brown. “We are on a mission to blaze new trails and attracting A-list talent like Madison is key to our success. She is creatively driven, passionate about technology with a fantastic breadth of operational, digital and production expertise. She is going to add real value to the leadership team.”
Doria commented, "Apart from being awesome and left handed, Madison has done amazing things everywhere she's worked. She's great for the culture of the agency and we are just really lucky to have her."
Wharton previously served as The Barbarian Group's Executive Director of Production, where she oversaw production of the creative agency's work across all mediums, including video, web, mobile, products and campaigns, while also focusing on operations, developing new agency offerings and managing the agency's production department.
Before that, Wharton was Head of Integrated Production at Momentum Worldwide, responsible for building and managing an integrated five-office production department for North America. While there, she also established production processes that were implemented across the company's North American and United Kingdom offices.
Previous to her time at Momentum, Wharton was at Crispin, Porter + Bogusky, where she worked on broadcast, digital out of home, interactive and experiential media with a focus on real-time content creation.
Over the course of her 15-year career, Wharton has worked with blue-chip brands including Pepsi, Samsung, GE, Google, Burger King, Microsoft, Volkswagen and American Express. She has produced for awarded directors David Lynch, Spike Lee, Gary Oldman and Werner Herzog. Her work has been awarded at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, D&AD, the Clios, and the Effies.
Commenting on her new role, Wharton said, “I’m thrilled to be joining such a renowned agency, particularly at a time of such rapid growth. I’m excited to get started and continue to produce great work with a very talented team.”