Guillaume Van der Stighelen, co-founder and creative partner of Duval Guillaume, one of Europe’s leading creative agencies, will take up a new challenge within Publicis ww. With immediate effect, Guillaume will be responsible for inspiring and motivating creative Publicis talent around the globe. In his new role, he will work closely together with Richard Pinder, COO of Publicis ww, Olivier Altmann, chief creative officer and John Woodward, chief strategy officer. Their ambition is to further improve the creative product of Publicis as a whole. “Guillaume has got the attitude and stamina and certainly the experience to help us achieve our ambitious goals", says Richard Pinder. “The Duval Guillaume track record with 24 Cannes lions in recent years speaks for itself."
“Therefore I have assigned the role of Global Contagious Officer to one of our best creative ambassadors, Guillaume Van der Stighelen. Together with André Duval, Guillaume co-founded one of our most highly regarded offices, Duval Guillaume in Belgium. André and Guillaume have always attracted the best talent in the market and have nurtured new creative leaders in Antwerp and Brussels to take over", says Olivier Altmann, chief creative officer.
“I see this as a great challenge and an important step in my professional life. Implementing what I have learned whilst working for local and international clients onto on a higher, global level", says Guillaume. “I really look forward to working with Olivier, John and Richard".
What does this mean for Duval Guillaume ? “Well, first and foremost, Guillaume’s name will stay on the door", says Klaus Lommatzsch, CEO. “Guillaume has – among many other things - always greatly inspired our people and will continue to do so. We will keep on working in the spirit of what Guillaume has taught us and we will keep on doing creative justice to his name. Now may be even more than ever because creatively we will have to be the best in class. Only, Guillaume will work for Publicis worldwide as his first employer, which means that the lion share of his time will be spent abroad. We will of course still be able to call upon him, just like any Publicis agency around the globe.
“The confirmation of his new role coming through is really great news", adds Andre Duval, co-founder and chairman of Duval Guillaume and Publicis Brussels". It is certainly good news for all agencies who can call upon him. For Duval Guillaume, it means a permanent representation at the top of the network. I trust it will further boost our capability to help our clients on an international level."