Jean-Marie Dru

Jean-Marie Dru

Board of Governors

Jean-Marie Dru is Chairman of TBWA\Worldwide.

A graduate of HEC Business School, Jean-Marie Dru began his career in 1971 with Dupuy Compton (now Saatchi & Saatchi) as an account executive on Procter & Gamble and quickly rose to the position of Executive Creative Director the following year.

In 1977, he joined Young & Rubicam in Paris as Managing Director, before becoming the agency’s Chief Executive Officer in 1979.

In 1984, Jean-Marie Dru co-founded BDDP, which was acquired by Omnicom and merged with TBWA in 1998. After the merger, Jean-Marie Dru became President International of TBWA\Worldwide. He was named President and CEO of TBWA\Worldwide in January 2001 and Chairman, his current role, in 2008.

Jean-Marie Dru has previously published “How Disruption Brought Order” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), “Beyond Disruption” (John Wiley & Sons, 2002), “Disruption” (John Wiley & Sons, 1996) and “Le Saut Créatif” (Lattès, 1984). He is also the author of “Jet Lag” released in September 2012.

Jean-Marie Dru has been President of the Cannes Advertising Film Festival Jury twice - first in 1982 and again in 1998. He has also served in 2011 as the Jury President of the first-ever Cannes Creative Effectiveness Award.

Jean-Marie Dru is a professor at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, officially referred to as Sciences Po Paris.

In 2008, Jean-Marie Dru was awarded the French Légion d’Honneur for his longlasting contribution to the advertising industry. In 2011, Jean-Marie Dru celebrated his 40-year career in advertising.