IPG Mediabrands’ UM has promoted Deidre Smalls-Landau to U.S. chief marketing officer, effective immediately. She will retain her current position as global head of culture while adding oversight of UM’s strategic branding, platforms and initiatives to her remit.

Since joining IPG Mediabrands in 2011 as managing director of multicultural agency Identity, Smalls-Landau says she’s been focused on “connecting the dots” of the organization. (Smalls-Landau, who spent time in group management at Publicis and WPP’s Grey Group as well, was named global chief cross-cultural officer of UM Worldwide in 2017.)

“It’s not a departure from that,” she explains. “It’s an amplification of building [cultural] expertise into the many other facets of the agency. … I will really be focusing on the intersection of advertising, media, technology and culture.”

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