RALEIGH, NC—French/West/Vaughan has named David Gwyn, who joined the agency in 1999 after running his own marketing firm for five years, as president and a principal of the firm. He will continue to report to Rick French, who founded FWV in 1997 and has served as president and CEO since that time, will take the title of chairman and will remain the company’s chief executive officer.
Gwyn will be responsible for taking on a larger role in managing the day-to-day operations of FWV as well as continuing to provide senior counsel to clients such as Wrangler, Coca-Cola, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, AstroTurf and many other key agency clients. FWV’s New York office will also now report directly to him.
Joining Gwyn as principals of FWV will be agency co-founders Jack Glasure and Lauren Taylor, the company’s chief marketing officer and executive vice president respectively; and Natalie Best, senior vice president and director of client services, who joined FWV in 2002 from PR positions with the Charlotte Hornets and the National Basketball Association league office. All four individuals were granted equity in FWV by French as part of a program he has initiated to make ownership in the agency available to key executives both now and in the future.
The four individuals will comprise an agency executive management committee that now reports directly to French. All of the agency’s vice presidents and group practice leaders across all FWV offices will now report to Best, who reports directly to Gwyn.