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Laura Heads BBDO / Proximity Shopwork N.A.

CRI’s loss is Omnicom’s gain: After a short 18 months, Laura Davis-Taylor has left her position as vice-president of global retail strategy at Creative Realities [1] to take on the top job at the new North American office of Omnicom [2]’s BBDO/Proximity Shopwork, the company’s shopper division, which deals with anything and everything in the retail world.

[3]Davis, working out of BBDO [4]’s Atlanta office on only her second day as senior vice-president and managing director, is just getting her feet wet in terms of meeting everyone, so a lot of the details are still to come, but she says, ”I’m supercharged about this. It’s the job of a lifetime that I really didn’t expect to come until later in my career.”

Davis says she left CRI with the blessing of Paul Price, CRI president [5], who was kept informed from the moment she was approached and, she says, understood that it was a position she couldn’t pass up.

“Most of my career was spent dealing with agencies as a consultant and I love the agency world,” Davis says. “I’ve dealt with about nine different Omnicom agencies so I know a lot of the business, but this will put all my experience together. I started my career as a brand planner, and then worked in-store design with MillerZell [6], and then have been so much involved with the digital sector and creative. I am so excited to be able to use all this experience, and I’m thrilled with the enormous resources that are available to me through all the Omnicom offices. And as the mother of a three-year-old, I can still be based in Atlanta, although I will be traveling. One trip already on my schedule is the global meeting in November.”

Omnicom already has a successful Shopwork office in Singapore and Davis took time out from meetings to talk with us about her new job. She says that she will be hiring as necessary, but her initial days will be to settle in, meet with various Omnicom agencies and others and then get right to work.

As she kept repeating, ”I’m supercharged. It’s the job of a lifetime and I can’t wait to get it rolling.”

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7 Comments To "Laura Heads BBDO / Proximity Shopwork N.A."

#1 Comment By Ken Goldberg On 26 July 2011 @ 18:52 @827

Way to go, Laura! ShopWork ought to be supercharged as well!

#2 Comment By Jeremy Gavin On 27 July 2011 @ 17:18 @763

Well done Laura. Keep up the great work.

#3 Comment By Jeremy Gavin On 27 July 2011 @ 17:23 @766

Congrats Laura!

#4 Comment By Gordon Blitch On 27 July 2011 @ 22:17 @970

Laura has always been awesome to work with. I will miss her at Creative Realities, but could not be happier about the opportunity she has in front of her.

#5 Comment By Dana Davis On 8 August 2011 @ 19:50 @868

Great job Laura! Very impressed!

#6 Comment By Rocky Gunderson On 12 August 2011 @ 05:59 @291

Laura: Tremendous opportunity for you and great win for Onmicom.

#7 Comment By Ilse On 17 October 2011 @ 03:20 @181

Congrats! You’re terrific!!