Hill to succeed Dow at M2 Universal

The media agency's US parent announced today that Sara Hill will succeed Hugh Dow as president on July 1, when Dow will become chairman.

Hugh Dow, who’s been president of M2 Universal (then known as Initiative) since 1990, will become chairman of the Toronto-based media agency on July 1. The announcement was made this morning by NYC-HQ’d Universal McCann (a division of MacLaren McCann).

Dow’s successor will be Sara Hill, who has held a number of increasingly senior positions at M2, most recently as SVP/MD, overseeing the company’s General Motors account. She started her media career at MacLaren Advertising in 1979.

‘Hugh Dow has provided exceptional leadership of our Canadian operation for over 34 years,’ comments Nick Brien, worldwide CEO of Universal McCann. ‘M2 Universal is truly world-class in its approach to innovative communications. I am confident that Sara Hill will be able to continue the momentum and industry profile that have been so important to M2 Universal’s success.’

Adds Dow: ‘My global responsibilities will continue to provide an entirely new dimension to our Canadian approach to business. I’ve worked closely with Sara Hill for close to 30 years, and I can’t think of anyone better to be entrusted with leading M2 Universal.’

Hill says she is ‘very excited about my new role as president, and confident the transition will be seamless. The support I’ve received from colleagues and clients is inspiring. M2 Universal is an exceptional company, and I feel privileged to be able to lead such a strong team of professionals into the future.’