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Publicis North America Debuts as New Mega Region

Move Brings Together Two Strong Regions and Two Top Talents to Lead Combined Entity: Susan Gianinno Named Chairman & Andrew Bruce Named CEO of North America

NEW YORK, NY (December 10, 2013) – Publicis Worldwide, the largest agency brand of the Paris-based Publicis Groupe, today announced the creation of a new mega region, Publicis North America, combining two of the best performing regions in Publicis Worldwide and bringing together two top talents to lead the region. Publicis North America — comprised of Publicis USA and Publicis Canada — represents the largest Publicis region outside of France.

Andrew Bruce and Susan GianinnoSusan Gianinno has been named Chairman of the newly expanded region, and will concentrate on key global and regional clients. She will also concentrate on priority global initiatives, working in partnership with Arthur Sadoun, recently named CEO for Publicis Worldwide.

Andrew Bruce has been named CEO of Publicis North America, which includes all Publicis offices across the USA and Canada. Bruce will also take on executive responsibilities for Publicis’ largest North America operation in New York, Publicis Kaplan Thaler. Bruce will relocate to New York in January.

Sadoun stated, “Both Susan and Andrew share and embody the founding values of Publicis: passion for innovation, an unwavering commitment to our clients and true entrepreneurial spirit.  Under their respective leadership, Publicis USA and Canada have always been top performers for the network.  The new mega region will allow us to accelerate, and provide even better opportunities for our clients and people.  We see an even brighter future.”

Harvard-LogoIn addition to these focused responsibilities, Gianinno will also be spending a portion of her time this next year at Harvard University, where she has been named a 2014 Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellow, a one-year Fellowship. Gianinno will do this in addition to her Chairman role and will reassume her full responsibilities at Publicis at the end of the Fellowship. She will continue to work out of the Publicis New York offices throughout 2014.

Maurice Levy, CEO, Publicis Groupe, stated, “This is a wonderful and very prestigious appointment for Susan and for us. I am personally very proud of her and expect that she will bring even more to our people and clients during, and after, this experience. I am sure that under this new team leadership, Susan and Andrew, this new mega region will generate great work for our clients and formidable growth.”

Gianinno joined Publicis in 2002 as Chairman and CEO of Publicis Worldwide in the USA, a position she has held since that time. She has also been a member of the PWW Comex and the Publicis Groupe Strategic Leadership Team.

Gianinno stated, “I’ve known Andrew since I joined Publicis USA and am thrilled to work with him in taking the regional network to new heights. This is a very exciting time for Publicis Worldwide in North America, as we continue to expand our resources and reach for our clients, while fostering new opportunities for our people.”

Publicis North America OfficesBruce has been with Publicis since 1999, most recently as President and CEO of Publicis Worldwide in Canada. In Canada, Duncan Bruce is being elevated to the position of President. Duncan Bruce will lead Publicis Canada’s thriving Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Windsor offices, reporting in to the new North America Regional leadership. Duncan Bruce was most recently Creative Director for Publicis Canada.

Bruce stated, “I am very honored to work closely with Susan as we debut this new region, and to partner with the USA and Canada leadership teams.  Publicis USA and Canada are truly impressive entities, and now as a mega region, a formidable powerhouse.  It is very exciting to bring together our resources, talent and tools for greater shared learning.  I am confident our clients and employees will feel the positive effect right away.”

About Publicis Worldwide, North America
LION_clearBackgroundPublicis North America is the regional operating unit of Paris-based Publicis Worldwide, the largest global agency network within holding company Publicis Groupe S.A. Publicis North America is comprised of Publicis USA and Publicis Canada. Publicis USA offices include New York-based Publicis Kaplan Thaler, San Francisco-based Riney, Publicis Dallas and Publicis Seattle. Publicis Canada has offices in Toronto, Montréal, Calgary and Windsor. The Publicis Worldwide mission is ‘To Lead The Change’ to help our clients leap ahead.

About Publicis Worldwide
Present in over 80 countries with 11,000 employees, Publicis Worldwide’s counts amongst some of its major clients Axa, BNP Paribas, Carrefour, Cartier, Citi, Coca-Cola, Haier, Hilton Honors, HP, l’Oréal, LG, Luxottica, Nestlé, Orange, P&G, Paypal, Pernod Ricard, RATP, Renault, Sanofi, Seb, Siemens, Telefonica, Total, and UBS.

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Publicis USA Earns Top Marks on Human Rights Campaign’s 2014 Corporate Equality Index

CEI_2014_ReleaseNEW YORK CITY, NY. (December 9, 2013) – Publicis Worldwide in the USA, a multi-service ad agency network within Publicis Groupe, proudly announced that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2014 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Publicis Worldwide in the USA joins the ranks of 303 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year.

Chief Talent Officer Patty Enright stated, “As a company that values diversity Publicis Worldwide is proud to have achieved 100% on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2014 Corporate Equality Index. This score is a fantastic testament to our people and the culture of inclusion we have collectively created over the years. Every day we see examples of how our LGBT and ally employees add to the richness of our agency culture. We salute them and all the other companies who have scored so well on the 2014 CEI.”

EgaliteLionLogoThe 2014 CEI rated 934 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. Publicis’ efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria resulting in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.

Robert Camilleri, VP, Global Operations Dir. at Publicis Kaplan Thaler and Re-Founder/Co-Chair of Publicis Groupe Égalité added, “When Égalité was refounded in 2012 only two Publicis Groupe agencies were participating in the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index and neither of them had a perfect score. Égalité, Publicis Groupe’s LGBT and ally employee network, set out to meet with agency leaders, the Publicis Groupe Diversity Council and Re:Sources, the guardians of Publicis Groupe’s benefits, to advocate for policies that were as LGBT-inclusive as possible according to the Human Rights Campaign’s guidelines. In just two years we have made policy changes which have allowed eight Publicis Groupe agencies to score a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2014 Corporate Equality Index. I am incredibly humbled by and proud of the support and effort put forward by so many people across all levels of the company to make this happen.”

For more information on the 2014 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

About Publicis Worldwide in the USA
Publicis USAPublicis Worldwide in the USA is the North American regional operating unit of Paris-based Publicis Worldwide, the largest global agency network within holding company, Publicis Groupe S.A. Publicis Worldwide in the USA offices include New York-based Publicis Kaplan Thaler, San Francisco-based Riney, Publicis Dallas and Publicis Seattle. The Publicis Worldwide mission is ‘To Lead The Change’ to help our clients leap ahead.

HumanRightsCampaignAbout the Human Rights Campaign Foundation
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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P&G Recognizes Publicis Worldwide as Top Performing Global Partner

Tells Top Strategic Business Partners that Focus is on Growth and Value Creation

CINCINNATI (October 28, 2013) -The Procter & Gamble Company has recognized its top performing external business partners at its annual External Business Partner Recognition Dinner. Nearly 80 top suppliers and agencies attended the annual event to recognize and celebrate key contributors who have demonstrated partner excellence.

Speaking at the event, A.G. Lafley, P&G’s Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “For P&G, the primary drivers of growth and value creation are innovation and productivity. P&G’s external business partners help us deliver both, creating value for consumers, customers and shareholders alike.”

AGLafleyMr. Lafley added that the collective capabilities of the companies and individuals in P&G’s global partner network offered a powerful competitive advantage. During his presentation he highlighted the contributions from a number of external business partners helping P&G innovate across its global supply chain.

Global Product Supply Officer Yannis Skoufalos built upon that. “Product Supply works hand-in-hand with our supply chain partners, exploring every aspect to innovate, drive out costs, and serve our customers and consumers better,” he said. When we collaborate with our supply chain partners, we create consumer value and competitive advantage for P&G.”

Among P&G’s more than 82,000 suppliers and agencies, fifteen received the highest honor of being named “External Business Partner of the Year.”

P&GAwards4“I congratulate all of our award winners, especially those who were recognized as ‘External Business Partner of the Year,’” said Rick Hughes, Chief Purchasing Officer. “Our external business partners are a critical part of the P&G team and a true competitive advantage.”

In addition to the select few “External Business Partner of the Year” awards, all companies performing consistently at high levels within P&G’s internal performance management system earned Excellence Awards. Publicis Worldwide in the USA was among the 77 external business partners receiving this distinction.

Thirty-six of this year’s Excellence Award winners were also winners in 2012, including Publicis Worldwide, winning for a fourth straight year in-a-row. P&G works with all business partners to reach excellence levels, and therefore there is no limit on the number of excellence awards that can be achieved.

Susan Gianinno, Chief Executive Officer of Publicis Worldwide in the USA added, “No other agency has won this award for four consecutive years.  This is a monumental achievement and one which we never take for granted.  The only way we keep winning is that our teams working on P&G never stop striving to be even better. This is a source of pride and of great accomplishment.  Congratulations to all of our P&G teams (and all those who work to support these teams) for making us all look so good and feel so proud.”

For a full list of award recipients, visit P&G’s Corporate Newsroom.

About Procter & Gamble
P&G serves approximately 4.8 billion people around the world with its brands. The Company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Ace®, Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Duracell®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Fusion®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Iams®, Lenor®, Mach3®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, Prestobarba®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, Wella® and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

About Publicis Worldwide in the USA
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Publicis Worldwide in the USA is the North American regional operating unit of Paris-based Publicis Worldwide, the largest global agency network within holding company, Publicis Groupe S.A.  Publicis Worldwide in the USA offices include New York-based Publicis Kaplan Thaler, San Francisco-based Riney, Publicis Dallas and Publicis Seattle.  The Publicis Worldwide mission is ‘To Lead The Change’ to help our clients leap ahead.

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Publicis Dallas Taps Tyler Beck as SVP, Dir. of Consumer Insights

Beck Brings Big Brand Experience and Collaborative Leadership Skills to Agency

DALLAS, TX (August 7, 2013) – Publicis Dallas taps Tyler Beck for the new role of senior vice president/director of consumer insights, reporting directly to Sally Kennedy, CEO, Publicis Dallas. Beck brings big brand experience to the agency having worked on VISA, Samsung, GM, P&G, Starbucks, Guinness, Citibank and Unilever, among others. He will work on all Publicis Dallas clients, including recent win Bridgestone Americas, Terminix, TruGreen, CiCi’s, Nestle Pure Life and Nestea, among others.

PUBLICIS DALLAS TYLER BECK AS SVP/DIRECTOR OF CONSUMER INSIGHTSKennedy stated, “Tyler’s experience speaks for itself: big brands, big results. His gift for strategic insight will bring a new depth to the brain trust of Publicis Dallas. He is the epitome of a truly collaborative leader and team player, with the skills to lead our growing strategic planning group in an exciting direction. In the new role of director of consumer insights, Tyler will curate the Publicis Dallas perspective on all things consumer-related for our growing client roster.”

Beck was most recently executive director of strategy at Cheil USA in New York, where he built and ran the planning discipline at its New York and Dallas offices. Prior to Cheil, Beck was senior vice president/group behavioral planning director at BBDO NY, where he pitched and won P&G’s Future Friendly product line. Before that, he was at Lowe Worldwide NY, where he led the global Stella Artois account as well as Unilever’s Degree account as brand strategy director. Beck also spent six years at TBWA/Chiat/Day LA, where he helped turn around Nissan.

Beck stated, “I couldn’t be more excited to join Publicis Dallas as director of consumer insights. I could feel the positive energy emanating from this place from the moment I first stepped into the office. I’m looking forward to working with Sally and the leadership team to help take planning and the agency to the next level.”

About Publicis Dallas
Publicis Dallas, an integrated marketing communications agency, is a part of Publicis Worldwide in the USA, the North American regional operating unit of Paris-based Publicis Worldwide, the largest global agency network within holding company, Publicis Groupe S.A. The Publicis Worldwide mission is ‘To Lead The Change’ to help our clients leap ahead. Publicis Dallas clients include: Bridgestone; CiCi’s Pizza; Nestlé brands Nestlé Pure Life, Nestea, and Juicy Juice; Simon Property Group; and ServiceMaster brands TruGreen and Terminix; among others.

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Omnicom & Publicis Groupe to Merge

Merger of equals to create Publicis Omnicom Group, a best-in-class communications, advertising, marketing and digital services company with combined 2012 revenue of $22.7 billion — Combined market capitalization of $35.1 billion

Brings together iconic agency brands, offering clients industry-leading breadth of services, global reach & the most highly recognized & awarded talent
Jointly led by Omnicom CEO John Wren & Publicis Groupe CEO Maurice Lévy as co-CEOs
Provides compelling benefits for clients, employees & shareholders
Publicis Groupe/Omnicom shareholders will each hold approximately 50% of new company’s equity
New entity expected to be listed on the NYSE & Euronext Paris & included in S&P 500 & CAC 40

NEW YORK CITY, NY & PARIS, FRANCE (July 28, 2013)Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) and Publicis Groupe SA (Euronext Paris: FR0000130577) today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement for a merger of equals, creating the world’s leading company in communications, advertising, marketing and digital services, with combined 2012 revenue of $22.7 billion / €17.7 billion. Based on closing prices on July 26, 2013, Publicis Omnicom Group will have a combined equity market capitalization of approximately $35.1 billion / €26.5 billion. The merged group of more than 130,000 employees will be exceptionally well positioned to serve clients’ evolving needs, helping them to build their brands and grow their businesses in the rapidly changing communications landscape.

The combination, which has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, brings together the most extensive portfolio of best-in-class agencies offering clients the industry’s leading talent across disciplines and geographies. Publicis Omnicom Group will include such iconic agency brands as BBDO, Saatchi & Saatchi, DDB, Leo Burnett, TBWA, Razorfish, Publicis Worldwide, Fleishman-Hillard, DigitasLBi, Ketchum, StarcomMediaVest, OMD, BBH, Interbrand, MSLGROUP, RAPP, Publicis Healthcare Communications Group (PHCG), Proximity, Rosetta, CDM, ZenithOptimedia and Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, to name just a few.

Maurice Lévy, Chairman and CEO of Publicis Groupe, said: “The communication and marketing landscape has undergone dramatic changes in recent years including the exponential development of new media giants, the explosion of Big Data, blurring of the roles of all players and profound changes in consumer behavior. This evolution has created both great challenges and tremendous opportunities for clients. John and I have conceived this merger to benefit our clients by bringing together the most comprehensive offering of analog and digital services. Equally important, it will offer our talented people new avenues for growth and success at the crossroads of strategic intelligence, creativity, science and technology.”

Omnicom HeadquartersJohn Wren, CEO of Omnicom, said: “Both Maurice and I believe this new company reflects our vision of retaining the best talent, attracting an incredible roster of clients and leading innovation. Omnicom and Publicis Groupe are reshaping the industry by setting a new standard for supporting clients with integrated messaging across marketing disciplines and geographies. This combination will enable us to leverage the skills of our exceptionally talented people, our broad product offering, enhanced global footprint, and tremendous roster of global and local clients. In short, we believe this is a merger that will set our new company on a path to accelerated growth, with long-term benefits for clients, employees and shareholders.”

Mr. Wren & Mr. Lévy said jointly: “For many years, we have had great respect for one another as well as for the companies we each lead. This respect has grown in the past few months as we have worked to make this combination a reality. We look forward to co-leading the combined company and are excited about what our people can achieve together for our clients and our shareholders.”

Publicis Omnicom Group has been structured with balanced corporate governance consistent with the spirit of a merger of equals. Publicis Groupe and Omnicom’s CEOs will lead the company as co-CEOs through an initial integration and development period of 30 months, following which Mr. Lévy will become non-executive Chairman and Mr. Wren will continue as CEO. The company will have a single-tier board with 16 members, consisting of the two co-CEOs and seven non-executive directors from each company.

Maurice Levy & John Wren Shaking HandsFor the first year following the closing of the transaction, Bruce Crawford, currently Omnicom Chairman, will be the non-executive Chairman of Publicis Omnicom Group. He will be succeeded by the current Publicis Groupe Chairperson, Elisabeth Badinter, as non-executive Chairperson for the second year following the closing of the transaction.

The transaction is expected to create significant value for shareholders. The new company’s broader portfolio of agencies and services and deeper geographic footprint will allow the combined company to accelerate revenue growth and create operating synergies. The future scalability and internal synergies of the combined company are expected to generate efficiencies of $500 million / €377 million.

The transaction is a cross-border merger of equals under a holding company, Publicis Omnicom Group, in The Netherlands. The Group’s operational head offices will continue to be based in Paris and New York. The merger is expected to be tax-free to the shareholders of both companies. The transaction has been structured so that the shareholders of Publicis Groupe and Omnicom, after special dividends, will each hold approximately 50% of the equity of Publicis Omnicom Group. Publicis Groupe shareholders will receive one newly issued ordinary share of Publicis Omnicom Group for each Publicis Groupe share they own, together with a special dividend of €1.00 per share. Omnicom shareholders will receive 0.813 newly issued ordinary shares of Publicis Omnicom Group for each Omnicom share they own, together with a special dividend of $2.00 per share. In addition, Omnicom shareholders will receive up to two regular quarterly dividends of $0.40 per share if declared and the record date occurs prior to closing.

maurice_levy_john_wrenMs. Badinter and family members as well as Mr. Lévy have entered into agreements in support of the merger, as have Mr. Wren, Mr. Crawford, and Mr. Randall Weisenburger, Omnicom’s CFO.

Publicis Omnicom Group is expected to be listed on the NYSE and Euronext Paris, traded under the symbol OMC, and to be included in the S&P 500 and CAC 40.

The transaction is subject to approval by the shareholders of both companies as well as numerous regulatory approvals. It is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2013 or the first quarter of 2014.

Publicis Groupe and Omnicom have expressed the desire to have their shares start trading simultaneously on the day of announcement. As a consequence and because of the time difference, Publicis Groupe has asked Euronext Paris to postpone the trading of its shares to 9.30am New York time / 3.30pm Paris time.

Moelis & Company is financial advisor to Omnicom on the transaction. Rothschild is acting as financial advisor to Publicis Groupe. Legal advisors to Omnicom are Latham & Watkins LLP and De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek N.V. Legal advisors to Publicis Groupe are Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier; and NautaDulith N.V. Jones Day provided counsel to Moelis & Company.

Click here for a link to the official press release and press kit.

About Publicis Groupe
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Publicis Groupe [Euronext Paris FR0000130577, CAC 40] is one of the world’s leading communications groups. We offer the full range of services and skills: digital (DigitasLBi, Razorfish, Rosetta, VivaKi), creative services (BBH, Leo Burnett, Publicis Worldwide, Saatchi & Saatchi), public affairs, corporate communications and events (MSLGROUP), media strategy, planning and buying (Starcom MediaVest Group and ZenithOptimedia) and healthcare communications, with Publicis Healthcare Communications Group (PHCG). Present in 108 countries, the Groupe employs 60,000 professionals.

About Omnicom
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Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) is a leading global marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom’s branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, digital and interactive marketing, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries.

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Publicis Seattle Hosts Women Who Rock Panel

Women Who Rock PosterSEATTLE, WA (July 25, 2013) – Publicis Seattle hosted Women Who Rock, a panel discussion showcasing six of Seattle’s most successful businesswomen. The event, held at the agency, saw an amazing turnout. The entire office along with friends, clients, and other companies in our building gathered in the agency café for gourmet popcorn, adult beverages and an insightful panel discussion by area business leaders.

Women Who RockThe impetus for the event came from a current exhibit of the same name on display at EMP Museum, one of the agency’s clients. Rather than focus on the women who have shaped the music world, Publicis Seattle’s event was a celebration of some of the most successful women running Seattle businesses with a focus on innovation, creativity and culture. The event began with a panel discussion and live audience Q&A and was followed by a curator-led tour of the actual EMP exhibit.

The event was moderated by Shireen Jiwan, Chief Investigator at Sleuth, and the panelists were:
Kimberly Harris – President and CEO, Puget Sound Energy
Halle Hutchison – Managing Director of Brand Management, Alaska Airlines
Renee Erickson – Chef/Owner, The Whale Wins, Boat Street Cafe and The Walrus and the Carpenter
Andrina Bigelow – CEO, Fran’s Chocolates
Amy Bohutinsky – CMO, Zillow
Jill Wenger – Founder and CEO, Totokaelo Design

DSC01366 The panelists gave their perspective on the challenges of business, the inspiration that Seattle gives them, the importance of being true to yourself and where you want to go in life. When Renee Erickson was asked about opening her own restaurant, she responded, “Buying a restaurant at 25 was the scariest thing I’ve ever done. It’s also the best thing I’ve ever done and changed my life forever.”

Halle Hutchison, who oversees Alaska Airlines’ product marketing, sponsorships, advertising and promotions noted, “Being a visionary is one thing. Being a control freak is another. Let the people around you be great, too, and you’ll all share in the successes.”

Andrina Bigelow, a successor to her mother, Fran, as CEO of Fran’s Chocolates spoke about what makes her a successful businesswoman: “We stay true to our mission, we always go back to that same goal. We will never compromise on quality, whether its packing, customer service, our retail stores, every single decision we make. Even if it means we could make a little bit more money by compromising and buying something a little cheaper, an ingredient that’s a little cheaper, going after a product category or segment that’s really popular, we just wont do it. And we’ve started out that way, and continue everyday to stay true to that mission and I think that’s been incredibly powerful for us in terms of success of the business.”

DSC01063BIn closing, Jill Wenger offered some advice to the audience: “Let the rest of your peers settle. Be adventurous in your actions.” Another panelist, Amy Bohutinsky added, “I never really planned it this way, even five years ago I don’t know if I would have said ‘I want to be a CMO.’ If anyone’s ever read Sheryl Sandberg’s book, there’s a line it that says a career is a ‘jungle gym not a ladder’ and as long as you know the things you like to do and the things that make you passionate you can’t plan the exact path to get there. It takes just as much work to swing for the fences as it does to lay down a bunt. But only one of these approaches has the potential for greatness. Think about it.”

As an agency rooted in adventurous thinking, it made sense to bring together some of the most adventurous thinkers in the world of business, creativity and culture to share their perspectives. This was an opportunity for 200 of tomorrow’s leaders to listen and learn from some of the country’s most successful business leaders. Women Who Rock was the first in what will be a series of panels, roundtables and other creativity-inspired events hosted by Publicis Seattle, championing the ideas and principles that keep our industry and agency moving forward.

About Publicis Seattle
Publicis-TB-016Publicis Seattle is an integrated marketing communications agency. The agency is part of Publicis Worldwide in the USA, the North American regional operating unit of Paris-based Publicis Worldwide and the largest global agency network within holding company, Publicis Groupe. The mission of Publicis Worldwide is “To Lead the Change” to help our clients leap ahead. Publicis Seattle clients include: T-Mobile, Eddie Bauer, Karcher, Les Schwab and Seabourn.

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Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Announces New Agency Relationship with Publicis Dallas

NASHVILLE, TENN. (July 1, 2013) – Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations today  announced that it has established a relationship with Publicis Dallas for the strategic and creative work on its Bridgestone brand. Publicis Dallas will focus on brand building and advertising ideas for the Bridgestone brand.

BridgestoneRoadAs part of this change, the company is concluding its relationship with The Richards Group as the strategic and creative agency for the Bridgestone brand but will continue its relationship with Haymaker, the sports marketing arm of The Richards Group.

“We have enjoyed a strong and effective relationship with The Richards Group over the past seven years, and we thank them for their support of our team and our brand,” said Philip Dobbs, Chief Marketing Officer, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “Sports marketing is an important part of our brand building strategy, and we are pleased that Haymaker will continue to support us in this area. Overall, we believe this team has the right combination of strategy, creativity, commitment and service to excite our customers and further deepen their relationship with our Bridgestone brand.”

About Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations
BridgestoneNashville, Tenn.-based Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO) is a business unit of Bridgestone Americas, Inc., whose parent company, Bridgestone Corporation, is the world’s largest tire and rubber company. Reporting into the BATO business unit are the company’s Latin American tire operations; the U.S. and Canadian consumer tire businesses; the U.S. and Canadian commercial tire businesses; and Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC, which operates the largest network of company-owned automotive service providers in the world. BATO develops, manufactures and markets Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires. The business unit is focused on retail, wholesale and original equipment markets, supplying passenger, light truck, commercial vehicle, off road, motorcycle, agricultural and other tires to its customers in the Americas. In addition, through its Bridgestone Commercial Solutions Group, retreading customers have access to industry-leading research and development, manufacturing, marketing and sales expertise, providing them with a total tire solution.

About Publicis Dallas
Publicis Dallas, an integrated marketing communications agency, is a part of Publicis Worldwide in the USA, the North American regional operating unit of Paris-based Publicis Worldwide, the largest global agency network within holding company, Publicis Groupe S.A. The Publicis Worldwide mission is ‘To Lead The Change’ to help our clients leap ahead. Publicis Dallas clients include: CiCi’s Pizza; Nestlé brands Nestlé Pure Life, Nestea, and Juicy Juice; Simon Property Group; and ServiceMaster brands TruGreen and Terminix; among others.

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Publicis Kaplan Thaler Names Collin Douma SVP, Global Strategy Leader, P&G Oral Care

Colin-RevNEW YORK CITY, NY (June 26, 2013) – Publicis Kaplan Thaler announced today that Collin Douma will join the New York-based shop on July 8th as SVP, Global Strategy Leader on P&G Oral Care. In this role, Douma will be responsible for the strategic thought leadership across global Oral Care paste, brush, rinse and floss; including the brands Crest, Oral-B, Scope, Glide, Blend-a-Med, Ipana and AZ. Douma comes to Publicis Kaplan Thaler from BBDO, where he served as SVP, Global Digital Planning Director on P&G’s Gillette.

With 17 years of advertising and digital marketing experience, Douma has been responsible for developing cutting edge brand and social media strategies and award winning creative for some of the world’s most well-known brands. His most recent accomplishments include Gillette’s highly successful Fusion Pro-Glide launch and the brand’s London 2012 Olympic digital effort.

PG-Oral-Care-4“We’re very excited to have someone of Collin’s stature, experience and hybrid skill set join as a leader in Publicis Kaplan Thaler’s strategy community and on the P&G global Oral Care team,” said Jeremy Holden, Publicis Kaplan Thaler’s Chief Strategy Officer.

Prior to working on Gillette at BBDO NY, Douma served as the VP, Social Media Strategy Director at Proximity/BBDO Toronto. Earlier, he consulted on social strategy and planning for the Toronto International Film Festival, as well as the social media strategy for Ford Motor Company. He began his career at MacLaren McCann MRM, Toronto, where he was on the leadership team and worked on Pontiac, Buick, and Coca-Cola, among others.

Douma is a graduate of the Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and son.

About Publicis Kaplan Thaler

kaplanPublicis Kaplan Thaler is a fully integrated advertising agency with digital, social and technology at its core. With over 650 employees, it is the flagship of Publicis Worldwide in the USA, the North American operating unit of Publicis Worldwide, the largest global agency network within Publicis Groupe. The Agency’s blue-chip client roster includes: Procter & Gamble, CITI, Nestlé, Merck, Pfizer, TriHonda, Wendy’s, L’Oréal, AFLAC, and NAPA Auto Parts, among others. To learn more about Publicis Kaplan Thaler, follow @PKTtweets, like on Facebook or visit pkt.com.

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Sleepy’s Hires Publicis Kaplan Thaler as Company’s First AOR

Publicis Kaplan Thaler Celebrates with a Nap

HICKSVILLE, NY (June 11, 2013) –  Companies that still handle all of their own advertising and media are a rare breed in today’s business world. Most elect to hire a specialized advertising agency to handle those matters. However, since 1931 Sleepy’s had done all of their work in-house, until their recent strategic expansion plan was set in motion. Sleepy’s would now need a lead creative agency.

sleeping womanIn an exhaustive review Sleepy’s considered a slew of major agencies eager for a shot to work with the brand. After evaluating many options, including New York powers Havas Worldwide and Gotham, the retail giant selected Publicis Kaplan Thaler , citing their “great consumer insights, strong strategic clarity, integrated creative, chemistry and retail experience,” as the driving force behind their choice. Sleepy’s has an annual media spend of roughly 75 million dollars, and creative work will begin shortly on television, print, radio, digital and out-of-home.

MattressesEnthusiasm is rampant according to chairman Linda Kaplan Thaler, “We are inspired to help facilitate the ‘new’ Sleepy’s with its unprecedented growth and new market expansion plans. Publicis Kaplan Thaler is delighted to partner with Sleepy’s to take this exciting and powerful brand to new heights.”

About Sleepy’s
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Sleepy’s is a privately-owned fourth-generation company with over 900 showrooms in fifteen states, spanning from Maine to North Carolina and available nationally through www.sleepys.com.  Sleepy’s has 7 state-of-the-art distribution centers located throughout the country and delivers over 3,000 mattresses every day. Throughout Sleepy’s 55-year history, the company has remained committed to making lives better through better sleep with its extensive selection of America’s top brands, including Sealy Posturepedic, Simmons Beautyrest, Stearns & Foster and more. Their innovative sleep products include the latest in cooling gel, latex and memory foam mattresses, like the world-famous Tempur-Pedic. Sleepy’s fast delivery service ensures you won’t have to wait to get a better night’s sleep, and their knowledgeable Mattress Professionals® will guide you to your perfect mattress. Sleepy’s truly believes that everything is possible with a great night’s sleep.®

About Publicis Kaplan Thaler
kaplanPublicis Kaplan Thaler is a fully integrated advertising agency with digital, social and technology at its core. With over 650 employees, it is the flagship of Publicis Worldwide in the USA, the North American operating unit of Publicis Worldwide, the largest global agency network within Publicis Groupe. The Agency’s blue-chip client roster includes: Procter & Gamble, CITI, Nestlé, Merck, Pfizer, TriHonda, Wendy’s, L’Oréal, AFLAC, and NAPA Auto Parts, among others. To learn more about Publicis Kaplan Thaler, follow @PKTtweets, like on Facebook or visit pkt.com.

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