As CEO of Omnicom Media Group EMEA, Colin is ultimately responsible for the success of the OMD and PHD networks, as well as speciality business units Mobile5, Fuse and Drum across the region. Colin is also ultimately responsible across EMEA for Annalect, OMG's data and analytics capability, and Accuen and Resolution, OMG's programmatic and Search specialists.
Leading 6,500 people across more than 50 markets, Colin has driven Omnicom Media Group to its leading regional position since taking the role in 2005.
Prior to this, as CEO of OMD EMEA since 2001, Colin steered the company’s development and growth as it rose to become the region’s largest and most competitive network. Over the years, OMD has won accolades including Network of the Year awards from Campaign, AdAge and M&M Global, Gunn Report’s most awarded media agency seven consecutive times, most awarded media agency network at Cannes and first place in RECMA’s Network Diagnostic Report four times.
While ensuring that OMD holds its market-leading position, Colin has helped guide PHD’s regional success in new business, local industry awards and rapid growth across EMEA.
Colin began his career in media at Time Buying Services in December 1979. He then moved to CIA Billett in 1984 as Senior Non-Broadcast Planner/Buyer before becoming Head of Planning and Director of Non-Broadcast Media. In 1990, Colin co-founded Manning Gottlieb Media, building it to be one of London’s leading new wave media operations, handling such iconic brands as Nike, Virgin, PlayStation, Apple and Sony Music. Omnicom acquired Manning Gottlieb Media in 1998.
In his spare time Colin is actively involved with the Lilian Baylis Technology School in Lambeth, where he helps create training programmes for the senior students.