Larry Gillespie, II Appointed as President of Isobar Public Sector

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Larry joins Isobar Public Sector To Drive Trust, Growth, Innovation & Equity at A Critical Time

Washington, DC, April 6, 2021 – Larry Gillespie, II has been named President & Chairman of the Board for Isobar Public Sector, a global practice that delivers end-to-end digital transformation & IT modernization capabilities for U.S. federal and government clients, including the U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard and the U.S. Army.  In addition to Larry’s appointment, retired Lt. Gen William J. Donahue, former Commander of U.S. Air Force Communications and Information Center, Washington D.C. and John M. Gilligan, former Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Air Force have been named to the Board of Directors for Isobar Public Sector.

Larry is a veteran digital transformation executive with over 20 years of experience steering large-scale transformations and customer experience innovations. He joins Isobar Public Sector at a pivotal time to help government agencies modernize and improve service delivery and to drive future growth at a newly transformed dentsu.

 In this role, Larry will lead dentsu’s public sector capability development and growth with a focus on experience design, application modernization, cloud infrastructure, emerging technology, data transformation and security. These capabilities form an integrated, interconnected digital platform that can help government agencies rapidly pivot and improve mission delivery. The business is supported by dentsu’s Global Technology Alliance partners, including Qualtrics, SalesForce, Adobe, Amazon, Google and others.

“Larry’s extensive knowledge of the public sector landscape and wealth of experience problem-solving on behalf of key government clients throughout the course of his career make him a welcome addition to the Isobar Public Sector and dentsu executive teams,” said Jacki Kelley, CEO, dentsu Americas. “His unique sociocultural and data-driven approach is aligned with our mission to be Champions for Meaningful Progress.  He will be extremely valuable to clients as they navigate uncharted landscape – plotting pathways to economic recovery, cultivating social equity and inclusive policies and preventing cybercrime.”

Prior to joining dentsu, Larry served as Managing Director of Digital Consulting for Ernst & Young’s Government and Public Sector practice. During COVID-19's unprecedented impact this last year, Larry was a driving force in identifying the critical need for change. He led several states' unemployment, re-employment and human services digital transformation efforts to help reimagine and create better systems and experiences that improved the delivery of mission critical services to citizens impacted by the pandemic. Before EY, Larry also served as Principal Chief Marketing Officer of Booz Allen Hamilton’s Strategic Innovation Group. While there, he drove large-scale change for federal and commercial clients and also spearheaded many of the firm’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

"Isobar has long been a leader in experience design and digital transformation for the commercial sector. We now have a unique opportunity to scale many of these best practices and experiences into the public sector as well and help modernize, improve delivery of services and establish trust with citizens and employees. This is especially important now as our government responds to critical citizen needs stemming from the pandemic. I’m especially excited to build a start-up culture at Isobar Public Sector that is passionate about public service and embraces innovation.”

Supporting Larry is a team of seasoned industry leaders who bring the ideal mix of government, commercial and technology expertise:

  • Doug Jones, Chief Financial Officer, Isobar Public Sector, has 15 years of experience across finance, business development, strategic planning, operations and P&L management. Doug has worked with both emerging entrepreneurial organizations and established holding companies to develop innovative and cost-effective solutions for enhancing competitiveness, increasing revenues, and improving service offerings.
  • Keith Pine, Chief Operating Officer, Isobar Public Sector has deep domain expertise in leading organizations through operational complexity and transformation. Keith has spent his career in the digital agency and technology space. He is formerly the Chief Operating Officer and acting CEO of Omnicom’s Organic.

 Larry joined the company on February 1st and will report to Jacki Kelley, CEO, dentsu Americas.

About dentsu:

Part of dentsu Group, dentsu is made up of six leadership brands - Carat, dentsu X, iProspect, Isobar, dentsumcgarrybowen, Merkle and supported by its specialist brands. Dentsu helps clients to win, keep and grow their best customers and achieve meaningful progress for their businesses. With best-in-class services and solutions in media, CXM and creative, Dentsu operates in over 145 markets worldwide with more than 46,000 dedicated specialists.

 For further information, please contact:

Jennifer Ferguson

Chief Communications Officer, dentsu Americas