It is an end of an era as Leo Burnett Worldwide announces the retirement of industry legend, Executive Chairman and Global Chief Creative Officer Mark Tutssel. He has worked with the agency for 34 colorful years and has worked relentlessly to push Leo Burnett in the forefront of the advertising world with hundreds of Cannes Lions, their first ever D&AD White Pencil, 2 D&AD Black Pencils, 6 Clio Grand Prix, 2 Emmy Awards and a lot more. He is also among the select few creatives who have had the honor to be a Cannes Jury President five times.
He will be working closely with Nick Law, Chief Creative Officer of Publicis Groupe and the Leo Burnett Global Creative Council, until his retirement in June to aid a smooth transition with the whole organization.
More than 600 Cannes Lions, including 9 Grand Prix, plus countless D&AD, Clio, LIA, One Show, ADC and even a couple of Emmy Awards. Congratulations to Mark Tutssel on a well-earned retirement. pic.twitter.com/HU1wnnbEsE
— Leo Burnett (@LeoBurnett) May 2, 2019
“Over the last 13 years, it has been a tremendous honour and responsibility to lead Leo Burnett Worldwide creatively. The industry is experiencing unprecedented change, and it seems like the right moment to turn the page to the next chapter of my life. I will leave Leo Burnett with the greatest pride and love for its people and their commitment to the power of creativity. It has fuelled me as well as many fortunate brands over the years and I am grateful”, Mark Tutssel said in his announcement.
He also shared in an interview with adobo magazine,“The Leo Burnett brand has a rich history, an incredible creative pedigree, an absolute laser-sharp focus on the power of creativity to transform human behavior and we are not an advertising company we are a creative solutions company that solve business problems with creativity”.