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A graduate of HEC Business School, Jean-Marie Dru began his career in 1971 with Dupuy Compton (now Saatchi & Saatchi) as an account executive on Procter & Gamble and quickly rose to the position of Executive Creative Director.
In 1977, he joined Young & Rubicam in Paris as Managing Director, before becoming the agency’s CEO in 1979.
In 1984, he cofounded the BDDP Group, and occupied the position of chairman. Within seven years, BDDP established its international presence in 26 countries and was ranked 15th among global agencies. After the merger of BDDP with TBWA in 1998, Jean-Marie became President International of TBWA\Worldwide. In early 2001, he was appointed President and CEO of TBWA\Worldwide, a position that he held until December 2008, when he moved to the role of Chairman.
Jean-Marie has authored four books on advertising and marketing: Le Saut Créatif (Lattès, 1984), Disruption (John Wiley & Sons Inc.,1996), Beyond Disruption (John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2002) and How Disruption Brought Order (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).
Jean-Marie has been president of the Cannes Advertising Film Festival Jury twice — first in 1982 and again in 1998. He is a member of the European Advertising Association, and is also a professor at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, officially referred to as Sciences Po Paris.
In 2008, Jean-Marie was awarded the French Légion d'Honneur for his long-lasting contribution to the advertising industry and to the business world.