Friday, August 31, 2007

McCann most powerful chick in advertising

Forbes is out with its list of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women, and the most powerful woman in the agency industry's neck of the woods is not Shelly Lazarus. It's Renetta McCann, CEO of Publicis' Starcom Mediavest Group, coming in at a respectable #41 (although last year she was #27). Lazarus barely makes the list, at #96. With the proviso that such lists shouldn't be overanalyzed, you have to wonder whether the fact that McCann actually controls client money—while Lazarus doesn't—contributes to the huge disparity between the two. Or maybe it's just that Lazarus has held her job for since 1996, making McCann, who has only been CEO since 2005, more newsworthy. Picture from Starcom MediaVest web site.

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