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Wunderman New York President Jamie Gallo Taps Nelson Freitas as Chief Strategy Officer, Names Dan Wadleigh Chief Financial Officer

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Wunderman New York president Jamie Gallo today named Nelson Freitas as Wunderman New York’s first-ever chief strategy officer and brought respected industry veteran Dan Wadleigh aboard as chief financial officer. The moves are Gallo’s first as New York president and are effective immediately.

Freitas Developed New York Strategy Team

With a combination of thought-provoking insights and hard-won experience, Freitas will lead teams in New York, Minneapolis and Atlanta in developing strategy. Freitas will convert analytics to ideas that drive creativity for a variety of clients including Coca-Cola, Citibank and Best Buy. Since joining Wunderman in 2012, Freitas has developed a top-notch strategy team that has played a critical role in winning new business with Papa John’s and Marriott. Before joining Wunderman, Freitas spent time as chief strategy officer at Creative Realities. Prior to that he founded Clear Skies Ahead in 2007. Nelson served as SVP, worldwide group planning director at Ogilvy & Mather from 2002 to 2007, as well as group planning director from 2000 to 2002 at Chiat/Day.

“Nelson’s talent lies in seeing the creative idea in analytics and insights where most can’t. He consistently delivers clients solid original ideas that are always provocative, engaging and breaks new ground,” said Gallo. “Very often, he’s the only one in the room who can see the lady in the red dress.”

Wadleigh Brings Experience

Dan Wadleigh brings over 15 years of sound financial and operational strategies within the marketing services industry to Wunderman. Working alongside key leadership partners, Wadleigh will find the right balance between short-term financial objectives, long-term growth opportunities and cultural successes. Wadleigh joins Wunderman from Landor where he served as chief financial officer.

“Dan’s a great partner who has a vision of the evolving advertising agency model,” said Gallo. “He knows that being a creative business and being financially successful must walk hand in hand.”

About Wunderman

Consistently ranked among the world’s top digital, CRM and mobile agencies, Wunderman delivers deeply connected brand experiences, consumer engagements, data and insights, and healthcare marketing solutions that build brands and businesses. We blend creative, data and technology to connect customers and brands. Founded by Lester Wunderman in 1958, the agency now has 175 offices in 60 countries. Best Buy, Citibank, Coca-Cola, Ford, Microsoft, Pfizer, Telef’onica, Shell, United Health Group and leading local brands are among our clients. Wunderman is part of WPP (NASDAQ:WPPGY) and Young & Rubicam Group. Learn more at and @wunderman.

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