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Publicis Consolidates 6 Media Agencies Into 4

Paris, France - Publicis Media today unveiled structure and leadership appointments for its organisation, as announced by Steve King, CEO, Publicis Media.

“We are driven to get to the future first,” says King. “Publicis Media is a fresh opportunity to simplify our organisation, invent more modern approaches to gain efficiency, introduce structures for greater collaboration and effectiveness, and drive new levels of scale and client value.”

“The new Publicis Media imagined by Steve King is fully equipped to fit the future and best serve our clients,” Maurice Lévy, Chairman & CEO, Publicis Groupe, endorses, “A leaner and simpler structure will bring more value to our clients and will further accelerate our growth.”

Publicis Media’s structure will cover Top 20 markets, organised by three regions and led by Tim Jones, Regional CEO for the Americas, Iain Jacob, Regional CEO for EMEA, and Gerry Boyle, Regional CEO for APAC.

At a global management level, Adrian Sayliss will become CFO for Publicis Media, Séverine Charbon will become the Chief Talent Officer for Publicis Media, and John Sheehy will oversee Global Clients for Publicis Media.

Publicis Media will consolidate its six global agency brands: Starcom, Mediavest, Spark, Zenith, Optimedia and Blue 449 into four global agency brands. Those four global agency brands are as follows:

  • Starcom and Zenith will each continue to operate as global agency brands
  • Mediavest | Spark will be a third large global agency brand
  • Optimedia | Blue 449 will be brought together to form a powerful global challenger brand

Each agency will be led by a Global Brand President with Lisa Donohue as Global Brand President for Starcom, Vittorio Bonori as Global Brand President for Zenith, Brian Terkelsen as Global Brand President for Mediavest | Spark, and Andras Vigh as Global Brand President for Optimedia | Blue 449. These Global Brand Presidents will be responsible for leading clients, driving growth and enabling best work.

Additionally, there will be four US CEOs with Chris Boothe becoming CEO of Mediavest | Spark, Dave Ehlers of Optimedia | Blue 449, Lou Rossi continuing at Zenith and Lisa Donohue continuing as US CEO for Starcom until a successor is named. All US brand leadership will report into Tim Jones, CEO of Americas.

Dave Penski will become Chief Investment Officer for Publicis Media in the U.S. overseeing all media investment and media vendor partnerships. He reports to Jones. Publicis Media’s U.S. consolidated investment power, estimated at $39 Billion and 33% market share, makes Publicis Media the largest media buying entity in the U.S., according to RECMA’s most recent Overall Activity Ranking Report.

Source: Publicis