Ryan McHardy

Chief Strategy Officer, dentsu Americas

Ryan McHardy is an experienced and awarded strategy leader who brings a depth of expertise across marketing effectiveness, breakthrough creativity, transformation, and driving profitable growth. As Chief Strategy Officer of dentsu Americas, Ryan helps dentsu’s most valued clients connect brand performance with business performance, developing disruptive go-to-market strategies that drive new business models and transform customer experiences through data and technology.     

Prior to joining dentsu, Ryan was EVP, Head of Business Strategy at McCann, where he drove the development of integrated business and marketing solutions for clients. Before McCann, Ryan held multiple planning and strategy leadership roles for the Publicis Groupe on integrated clients across creative, media, technology, and consulting. He has created and overseen work in numerous global markets and worked in numerous industries and directly with clients such as: Verizon, Citi, Procter and Gamble, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, AB-InBev, Microsoft, and Intel.  

Prior to joining the Publicis Groupe, he served as the Managing Director of a boutique management consulting firm serving technology clients. He also had a successful career as a political campaign strategist, winning multiple closely contested elections for US statewide and federal officials. He has co-founded and advised several early-stage startups through the years.  

Ryan holds two degrees from the University of Connecticut, and dreams of someday finishing his PhD. Originally from New Orleans, LA, Ryan currently lives in Connecticut with his family.