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HOUSTON – Sept. 26, 2019 – MMI Agency (MMI), a leading data-driven innovation agency and a member of The Stagwell Group, has promoted Maggie Malek to chief executive officer (CEO). For nearly 10 years, Malek has served MMI in a variety of progressively responsible roles, most recently as senior vice president, strategy. She succeeds former MMI CEO Benjamin Spiegel, who simultaneously has also taken the next step in his career, having accepted a position with P&G as global chief digital officer, P&G Beauty.

“I’m excited to be at the helm at MMI, and I’m dedicated to continue building further upon the successes for our agency and our clients,” Malek said. “The recent designation of MMI as Houston’s 15th fastest-growing private company reflects our team’s steadfast commitment to stellar client success and will continue to be a hallmark of our business.” 

Malek has spearheaded projects for numerous Fortune 500 clients including Amazon, P&G and Microsoft, worked directly with digital platforms, such as Facebook and Google, on innovative new service offerings for shared clients, and served in an advisory capacity for several tech start-ups. Her opinions and insights have been published in multiple industry outlets.

A sought-after industry speaker, she has presented at various events, including SMX, SMX Advanced, PubCon, Social Media Day, #CMGRHangout, the Women in Information Technology Conference at Texas A&M, the Interactive Strategies Conference, and the CultureMap Connect Social Media series.

“Maggie is what clients want: a true practitioner CEO with subject matter expertise across digital strategy, e-commerce, media and communications,” said Mark Penn, managing partner, The Stagwell Group. “She has been instrumental in growing the agency alongside Ben, and we believe her unique strengths can guide the agency through an era of positive transformation.”

MMI has more than 100 employees, with offices in Houston; Washington, D.C.; and Cincinnati; and partner offices around the globe. Its roster of clients includes five global Fortune 100 companies, as well as numerous others in real estate, technology, health care, CPG and finance. MMI’s areas of expertise include DTC/e-commerce, media, influencer marketing, creative, social media and public relations. The agency’s focus continues to be on using technology to enable faster innovation and better creativity to drive sales and better connections for brands and their consumers.

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