Harris Diamond, CEO of the Constituency Management Group, part of the Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc., today announced the appointment of Patrick Smith as president of FutureBrand, a leading global brand consultancy with offices in 16 countries in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Smith succeeds Jean-Louis Dumeu, who is retiring after five successful years as global leader of the firm. The appointment is effective as of January 1, 2009 and Smith will lead the business from London.
Smith has been FutureBrand’s CEO for Europe for the past four years, driving growth across the region including leading the firm’s expansion into Russia and Germany. Prior to FutureBrand, he was CEO Europe at Brand Union, where he had operational control for the region, oversaw business development and managed key clients. He began his career in advertising working for both Reeves Robertshaw Needham and Grey.
“I am delighted Patrick will become the president of FutureBrand. He has done an outstanding job growing the firm’s European operations and has deep experience working with global clients. His energy, vision and strong leadership skills will continue to drive FutureBrand forward in the industry,” said Diamond. “I also want to thank Jean-Louis for all his efforts and wish him well for the future.”
Commenting on his appointment, Smith said, “I am thrilled to have this opportunity to take on the global leadership of FutureBrand. The last four years have been both some of the most enjoyable and successful of my career and to get the opportunity to lead such a talented organization is fantastic.”