Tom Murphy Joins Wunderman Thompson North America as Chief Creative Officer


By thelaegotist / /

McCann’s Chief Creative Officer, Tom Murphy has been named the Chief Creative Officer ofWunderman Thompson North America.   He’s best known for his track record of creative excellence that drove McCann’s most celebrated work of the past decade, including the iconic “Fearless Girl” for State Street Global Advisors.  During Tom’s tenure, the agency won 110 Lions, including 7 Grand Prix and topped the Effie Index as the most effective agency network in the world. 

When he officially joins Wunderman Thompson in October, he will report to CEO Audrey Melofchik. Wunderman Thompson’s Global Chief Creative Officer, Bas Korsten has been acting NA CCO for most of 2022. 

“Tom coming on board is a testament of our future-forward creative ambitions for clients that we have as Wunderman Thompson in North America, as well as globally. He has proven himself as a powerful and inspiring creative leader that can impact business and culture,” said Bas Korsten, Global Chief Creative Officer, Wunderman Thompson. “I really can’t wait to see how Tom is going to inspire our ambitious clients and our people. He is the real deal.”

“Wunderman Thompson has such a massive breadth of capabilities. When those capabilities meet creativity – they become superpowers,” said Tom Murphy, Chief Creative Officer, Wunderman Thompson North America. “From my earliest conversations with Audrey and Bas, I sensed their ambition for the future of Wunderman Thompson North America. In our first call, I underlined two key words in my notebook: ambition and creativity. I could immediately tell we value the same things and will achieve great things together.”

During Tom’s tenure at McCann, he oversaw some of the most talked about and award-winning ideas of the past decade ranging from “Fearless Girl” to “True Name” campaign for Mastercard, “Generation Lockdown” for March for our Lives, and “Changing the Game” for Microsoft – which centered on the brand’s adaptive Xbox controller that makes gaming accessible to players with disabilities.

A few of Tom’s personal favorite projects through the years include creating Universal Love for MGM Resorts, an album of inclusive love songs (featuring talent including St. Vincent and Bob Dylan) to help encourage LGBTQ+ weddings in Vegas.  Tom also commissioned Wes Anderson to create a stop motion film about imagination for Sony Smartphones. The project involved a pre-pro with Wes at a bistro in Paris, and he ultimately included this film in his Criterion Collection Edition of Fantastic Mr Fox. 


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