Croud appoints ex-Omnicom Group Dean Gardner as Global COO

We are delighted to welcome Dean Gardner as global Chief Operating Officer, as well as several new key hires across the business, and celebrate the opening of our first US West Coast office.

We’re thrilled to announce the appointment of Dean Gardner as global Chief Operating Officer, a new role for the business, as we look to build on Croud’s impressive growth, particularly in the US market, and further drive our new global M&A strategy. 

Based in New York, Gardner will be responsible for Croud’s global operational excellence, ensuring the right product, infrastructure, process and management systems are in place to facilitate core business growth and to integrate any newly acquired capabilities.

Working alongside our US Managing Director Kris Tait, Gardner will also be looking to build on Croud’s US success, with our US business seeing triple-digit growth in the last 12 months.

Gardner has spent the last 13 years working within Omnicom Media Group across both US and UK markets, where he was integral in building and leading the digital performance, operations and transformation teams, with a focus on data and technology. He held senior roles at Resolution Media, Accuen and most recently at OMD USA, where he was Business Transformation Officer.

We’re also delighted to welcome Joseph Antonucci as Director of Strategy & Planning in the US, as well as Kelly Yip as Head of Data Science and Tools, and Benoit Deutsch as Head of Analytics in the UK, as part of our committed investment to growing Croud’s media planning and data solutions offerings in both markets. 

This news is further bolstered by the opening of our first West Coast-based office, with VP SEO Anthony Lavall growing Croud’s presence in Los Angeles. 

Dean Gardner said: “I’ve been thoroughly impressed by Croud’s growth, particularly during the last 18 months – a challenging period for any business. The agency’s resilience goes to show that Croud’s unique proposition is very attractive to clients, as digital marketers seek a modern operating model from progressive agency partners. It’s an exciting time to be joining the business, with record growth in the US and a string of new hires to bolster the amazing team of experts Croud has in so many markets around the world.”

Luke Smith, co-founder and CEO at Croud said: “Dean is a marquee signing for Croud, with an excellent reputation in both the UK and US. He has an impressive track record of building high performance teams, with outstanding team culture and business performance, so we’re delighted to have him on board. With significant organic growth set to continue and the prospect of acquisitions looming, a big part of Dean’s role will be working with the senior leadership team and helping see through our ambitious plans for the business in 2021 and beyond.”

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