Daily September 1

How did a guy known throughout the industry as being exceedingly nice become the North American CEO of GroupM, the media agency network owned by agency holding company WPP? On Kirk McDonald — who has been in the role for a year — Adam Gerhart, global CEO of Mindshare has this to say: “Although he might not have been the usual suspect for an agency role, the skillset and perspective he has was absolutely applicable. It’s provided a different vantage point than someone who’s grown up or only worked in an agency their whole life.” Read a profile of McDonald’s leadership below.