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New president at DDB Canada

DDB Canada of Toronto has promoted Lance Saunders to the position of national president and chief operating officer. He takes the place of David Leonard, who has moved to the post of CEO at MacLaren McCann. Saunders, who joined the agency four years ago, was previously executive vice-president and managing director of DDB's Vancouver office. Prior to that, he was executive vice president and director of strategic planning at Campbell Mithun in Minneapolis. He also spent 20 years at Leo Burnett in Toronto in positions including senior vice-president, managing partner and planning director.

"Lance has a creative way of looking at business which challenges our industry's traditional models," said Frank Palmer, chairman and CEO of DDB Canada. "He has re-energized the culture within our Vancouver office, and this has resulted in business wins extending far beyond western Canadian borders. At DDB we are big believers of promoting from within, and if the past four years of business growth in Vancouver is any indication, I would have to say the best is yet to come for the rest of our Canadian offices."

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