David Patton

David Patton

Global President. at Y&R
London, United Kingdom

About me

David is the Global President of Y&R. Appointed January 2017 and based in London, he has P&L responsibility for all the Y&R agencies outside the US. Until December 2016, David was the President and CEO of Grey EMEA where he oversaw the agency’s stellar growth across the region and transformation from a traditional advertising agency to a leading global technology and communications company. During his time at Grey, the agency was Adweek’s Network Agency of the Year, Campaign’s Network Agency of the Year and six times Euro Effie Agency of the Year. Prior to joining Grey, David was Sony Europe’s Senior Vice President of Marketing Communication. Managing a budget in excess of $500 million, he was responsible for all Sony Electronics’ marketing communication activities across all Sony consumer and B2B divisions in over 40 countries. During his 15 years client side, David was responsible for making some of the most famous advertising in the world including Sony Balls, Sony Paint, PlayStation Mountain and PlayStation Double Life.


Global President
London, United Kingdom
2017 - Present (7 years 5 months)
President & CEO
London, United Kingdom
April 2010 - Present (14 years 2 months)
I'm privileged to be part of an amazing agency network which has gone through tremendous transformation over the past 7 years.

From being perceived as a very traditional agency, Grey today stands tall and proud as one of the leading global technology and communications companies in the world.

Drop me a line if you want to know how we achieved this success.

*Campaign Magazine awards Grey London 9/9 in its 2016 school report*
*Grey EMEA is Euro Effies Agency of the Year in 2012, 2013 and 2015*
*Grey wins 107 Lions at Cannes 2015*
*Grey EMEA wins 3 Grand Prix at Cannes 2015*
*Grey is Adweek's 2015 network agency of the year*
*Grey is Campaign's 2014 network agency of the year'*
*Grey London is the IPA's 2014 agency of the year*
*Top 50 most innovative companies in the world - Fast Company*
Group CEO
London, United Kingdom
September 2007 - March 2010 (2 years 6 months)
Group CEO Grey London
European Senior Vice President
Sony Electronics
United Kingdom
May 2004 - September 2007 (3 years 4 months)
Vice President, Marketing
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
May 1995 - April 2004 (8 years 11 months)
Marketing Manager
United Kingdom
November 1991 - May 1995 (3 years 6 months)
President & CEO
London, United Kingdom
President & CEO Grey EMEA
London, United Kingdom
Grey Europe, Middle East & Africa President & CEO
New York, United States


1987 - 1991 (4 years)

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