Chris Brown serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of DDB New York, joining in September 2014. Brown brings to his new position 17 years of experience with DDB Worldwide, both in the UK and Australia. He was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of DDB Group Australia in 2012, after serving as Group Managing Director of DDB Sydney from 2007 to 2012.
Under his leadership, Brown created a nationally integrated offering centered around creativity, data and technology, effectively merging DDB Sydney and DDB Melbourne to form DDB Group Australia. The Group went on to win numerous accolades including Agency of the Year, PR Agency of the Year, Experiential Agency of the Year, Ad of the Year, Campaign of the Year and Best in Show at the IAB awards. In 2012, the agency won the prestigious Spikes Agency of the Year honor for Asia Pacific.
Brown has worked with a range of leading brands in his career, including Sony, Telstra, Tourism Australia, Unilever, J&J and Volkswagen. He was promoted to the Board of Management and Managing Partner of DDB Sydney at the age of 30, and Group Managing Director of DDB Sydney at the age of 33, with overall responsibility for DDB, RAPP, Mango, DDB Remedy and Tribal Worldwide. Brown has produced award-winning campaigns that have been recognized at the top shows around the world such as the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, One Show, D&AD, IPA and AFA Effectiveness awards. He was featured in AdNews 40 under 40 in 2008 and Campaign Asia-Pacific's 40 under 40 in 2013. Brown also sat on the National Communications Council Board in Australia and was one of the participants in the “Male Champions of Change” initiative, committed to promoting gender equality within the industry.