Saatchi & Saatchi has named Nicole Souza the agency’s chief marketing officer in the United States. Souza will lead Saatchi’s marketing organization, working alongside the executive leadership team to unify the U.S. offices. She will report to Chuck Maguy, chief operating officer at Saatchi & Saatchi U.S.
“I’m so inspired by what’s happening at Saatchi—an iconic industry brand bringing together its U.S. offices to accomplish impossible things at scale for their clients,” said Souza in a statement. “Utilizing the best of the Saatchi network to address this complicated market resonates with clients—and results in work that matters and stands out.”
Souza, a seasoned marketer with decades of experience in brand building, most recently served as CMO for Deutsch NY, leading the marketing of the agency and revamping the business development approach to redefine its growth trajectory. Throughout her career, Souza has built marketing strategies and internal operations, successfully leading new business opportunities for clients including Frito Lay, Lone Star Beer, Mars Chocolate, Mars Wrigley, Nationwide Insurance and Wells Fargo.
Prior to Deutsch, Souza held leadership positions including evp of growth and marketing at The Integer Group, svp, partner of U.S. business development at Universal McCann, and global business development director at TBWA.
“One of the reasons we’re excited about Nicole’s arrival is her relentless drive and enthusiasm for building brands, establishing new relationships and transforming organizations,” said Chuck Maguy, COO at Saatchi & Saatchi in a statement. “Among her priorities is building momentum around driving connectivity and collaboration in each region, to help us continue delivering provocative, creative solutions for our clients.”
The key executive hire follows several recent leadership appointments, including Fabio Costa as executive creative director for Saatchi & Saatchi in Seattle. In addition, the agency had a strong showing at the 2022 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, including one gold and one bronze Lion for P&G’s Tide Campaign #TurntoCold and two bronze Lions for Tide x Marvel.