Dentsu is set to elect Tim Andree, the SVP credited with negotiating the Aegis Group acquisition, to its board of directors.
Dentsu's board met yesterday to select candidates who will assume their positions after a general shareholders meeting in June. Andree will also become an executive officer of the company effective April 1.
"This will be the first time that a non-Japanese person will hold this position," a spokesperson told Campaign Asia-Pacific. "We expect him to lead our global growth strategy going forward."
Andree has worked at Dentsu since 2006, first as chairman of Dentsu America and later as president and CEO of Dentsu Network. Prior to Dentsu, he held communications positions at the NBA, BASF, Canon, and Toyota. He is a former basketball player who was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1983 but spent most of his career playing in Europe and Japan.
Dentsu's upcoming board changes also include the retirement of Tatsuyoshi Takashima as chairman of the board.
Dentsu also recorded a first last October when it named Dick van Motman, former CEO of DDB Greater China, as chairman and CEO to lead its operations in Southeast Asia and Oceania.
Andree also manages Elise Mitchell, who was named CEO of Dentsu's global PR network when Dentsu bought Mitchell Communications in January.
This story originally appeared on the website of Campaign Asia-Pacific, the sister publication of PRWeek at Haymarket Media.