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News Commentary2018-08-15

Jon Gittings joins Essence team as EVP, Strategy, North America

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Essence is pleased to announce Jon Gittings has joined the agency to lead our strategy practice in North America.

Gittings joins Essence from fellow GroupM agency MediaCom where he has spent the last four and a half years, most recently as Chief Strategy Officer for the Americas, and previously as Global Business Development Strategy Officer. Prior to joining GroupM and MediaCom in 2014, Gittings spent a decade and a half in senior and executive strategy and planning roles at OMD and Omnicom. 

“Jon is a superb craftsman and one of the best planners I’ve ever worked with,” Essence's North American CEO Steve Williams told Adweek. “His leadership in the strategy arena will help to pair our strength in analytics and data science with enormous depth in communications planning and creativity.”

Gittings added “It sounds a bit cheesy, but Essence kind of had me at ‘Hello.’ Essence’s mission to make advertising more valuable to the world - at a time when our industry has done a good deal to make it less valuable - is a very attractive one. And together with their strong familial and entrepreneurial culture - something I’ve always veered towards – makes this a great time to join their journey.”

Read the news coverage in Adweek for more on Jon's appointment.