Tom Denari

Tom Denari ’85 has been promoted to CEO of Indianapolis-based advertising agency Young & Laramore, according to an Indianapolis Business Journal report. This is the first time in 25 years that the firm has named a new chief executive.

Denari will succeed Paul Knapp, who is stepping away from day-to-day operations at the agency he joined in 1996. Denari will retain the titles of president and chief strategy officer, which he has held since 2005.

Denari joined Y&L as an account manager 32 years ago and previously served as the agency’s director of client services.

“With so many Indiana companies selling out to larger holding companies, Y&L will continue to be fiercely independent, and ownership will stay within the dedicated and talented leaders developed in-house,” the agency said in announcing the promotion. “Denari’s appointment signals the agency’s commitment to remaining an independent entity in a sea of acquisitions from major holding companies.”

While at Wabash, Denari he majored in economics and minored in English. He was a member of Sigma Chi and played basketball.