New Addition Helder Santo to Bring Experience from R/GA, Digitas, and mcgarrybowen to Wunderman New York
Wunderman, a global digital agency, announced that Helder Santo has joined as President of its flagship New York office.
Santo, who begins officially on 18 June, will be responsible for setting the strategic vision and overall direction of the New York office while continuing to prioritise growth. He will report to Seth Solomons, CEO of Wunderman North America.
With an over 15-year history working with some of the world’s most iconic brands, Santo has extensive experience combining creativity, data and technology to deliver results for marketers.
Santo joins the New York agency from R/GA where he most recently served as VP, Group Managing Director.
While there, Santo’s team produced a diverse body of industry-leading work for a portfolio of clients including Samsung, Equinox, Johnson & Johnson, Mercedes-Benz, and Shopify.
Prior to R/GA, Santo held leadership positions at Digitas and mcgarrybowen where he oversaw strategic marketing and product/service development initiatives on behalf of clients including American Express and JPMorganChase.
“Helder is a force of nature – he is a strong advocate for supporting talent and delivering results for clients. He has proven time and again that he can think beyond an assignment to deliver what clients need, and we are confident that his leadership will take our business to the next level. I am glad that he will bring his passion and energy to this agency,” said Seth Solomons, Wunderman’s NA CEO.
“What I am most excited about is the opportunity to help define and develop offerings that our industry really needs. The agency has fantastic people and a really solid offering that is rooted in bridging creativity, data and technology.
“Clients can get a lot of value out of that and I am thrilled to have a role in shaping the New York agency’s ambitions for the future,” said Santo.
Santo replaces Jamie Gallo, who had been president of Wunderman New York since 2014 and who left to pursue other opportunities.