Full Name
Justin Thomas-Copeland
Job Title
President and Chief Executive Officer
DDB North America
Speaker Bio
Justin joined DDB as President and Chief Executive Officer of DDB North America in 2020. In his role, Justin leads a dynamic region – comprised of a connected regional leadership team and offices across the US and Canada. He is leading a transformational shift to infuse creativity with deeper brand and audience insights to help clients generate innovative and revenue-driving business solutions. Demonstrating that Unexpected Works. He believes that deep insights fuel great creative – from big, platform ideas to contextual experiences. This is what clients crave and need, to grow their business and brands.

For almost 30 years, Justin has worked in the precision and integrated marketing industry across a number of sectors including technology, financial services, automotive, fashion, entertainment, gaming, health and wellness, and pharma. He has also spent time as a c-suite client driving digital transformation strategies globally.

Justin joined DDB from OPMG Health, an Omnicom Precision Marketing Group network, where he served as Global CEO. As CEO he was responsible for developing the vision, position and strategy of the network and its clients across all brands and regions globally, working on Eli Lilly, GSK, BlueCross/Blue Shield, Ascension Health, Pfizer, and United Health.

A true globalist, Justin has led global teams in London, Paris, Benelux, Singapore, Moscow, Finland and New York, supporting large, complex client engagements. He has won multiple creative and strategic awards, including the Precision Marketing Grand Prix for merging creative, data & technology strategies. Earlier in his career, Justin served client-side as Chief Digital Officer at Novartis Consumer Health based in Switzerland, setting a global digital transformation strategy which saw Novartis develop partnerships with the likes of Google, Adobe, Amazon, Boots (Walgreen), ePharmacies. His OTC work at Novartis includes brand work on Voltaren. Excedrin, Otrivin, Nicotinell, and Lamisil. 

Justin sits on the board of AdCouncil, Effie US, and Global Mobile Marketing Association.

When he’s not working, on a plane or studying a new language, Justin spends time with his wife and three children.
Justin Thomas-Copeland