Marking the anniversary of its founding 100 years ago, Grey Group has announced the appointment of its next generation of leadership with the promotion of Michael Houston to Worldwide CEO of Grey Group, effective immediately. A ten-year veteran of Grey, he has served since 2016 as Global President and becomes only the fifth person to hold the CEO position since Grey’s founding in 1917.
James R. Heekin, who has led the company, as Chairman and CEO of Grey Group since 2007, will remain Executive Chairman of Grey Group. He will continue to work closely with Houston, global management and clients to ensure a smooth transition and Grey’s ongoing success in the years ahead.
“As we celebrate Grey’s centennial and a decade of record new business growth and creative performance, the time is right for the elevation of a new generation,” says Jim Heekin in a statement. “Michael Houston is one of our most dynamic and talented leaders. This well-deserved promotion will enable us to set the agenda for Grey’s future growth and competitiveness across our global network.”
“As Global President, I’ve traveled the world and been inspired by the depth and breadth of talent and creativity across the Grey network,” adds Michael Houston. “I’m humbled to work among such brilliant creative minds and honored to become CEO of this great agency brand at the height of its momentum, with vast potential ahead.”