Michelle Olson
Michelle Olson

Lambert managing partner Michelle Olson is moving into the CEO slot on Jan. 1, succeeding Jeff Lambert, who will become chairman and also lead the Lambert family of companies.

Before coming to Lambert in 2019, Olson founded and led her own company, Olson Communications, for 13 years prior to its acquisition by New York advertising agency Fingerpaint, where she served on the leadership team for five years.

As CEO, Olson’s responsibilities will include driving client, practice and talent growth, while also managing the agency’s largest client relationships. Don Hunt, a 22-year veteran of the firm, will remain president, where his focus will be agency operations, M&A integration and client satisfaction.

Jeff Lambert will remain the firm’s largest shareholder and continue to lead the consultancy’s vision, new innovation pipeline and M&A.

Olson is “a proven agency CEO, an industry leader, and a trusted friend for over a decade,” Lambert said. “I’m looking forward to Michelle’s handprints on our culture, team and trajectory for years to come.”