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The Design Council are delighted to confirm their new Chair, William Eccleshare.

William was Worldwide CEO of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc, one of the world’s largest out-of-home media companies before stepping down in January of this year.

He has years of experience leading customer-focused transformation strategy, leveraging technologies to drive a culture of innovation and accelerate digital growth.

Having worked in the creative industries for most of his career, he brings a lifelong passion for design and a drive to support the Design Council’s Design for Planet mission.

Prior to joining Clear Channel in 2009, William served in international leadership roles at a number of major advertising agencies, including as Chairman and CEO of BBDO Europe, Middle East and Africa (Omnicom); European Chairman of Young and Rubicam (WPP); Chairman and CEO of Ammirati Puris Lintas (Interpublic Group) for Northern Europe; Global Strategic Planning Director of J. Walter Thompson Worldwide (WPP). He also spent three years as a Partner at McKinsey & Co, leading the firm’s European Marketing and Branding Practice. He has been a board member of the Donmar Warehouse Theatre since 2013, is the Senior Independent Director of Centaur Media plc and Britvic plc.

William’s appointment follows the recent addition of five new Trustees to bring expertise in climate response and help drive forward the Design for Planet mission.

William Eccleshare, new Chair of the Design Council says, “I am honoured to join the Design Council at this important time. It is an organisation with great legacy and now a crucial role to play in shaping and supporting the design sector for the future. I look forward to adding my voice to aid the success of their important mission.”

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