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Marjorie Porter of Publicis Kaplan Thaler Honored as AWNY Trailblazing Mother

AWNY Working MothersNEW YORK CITY, NY (February 27, 2014) – Publicis Kaplan Thaler EVP, Brand Agency Leader, Marjorie Porter, was honored by the Advertising Women of New York and Working Mother Magazine as one of this year’s Trailblazer Moms at their 10th Annual Advertising Working Mothers of the Year Luncheon. The event highlighted advertising’s best and brightest, as well their secrets to making it work.

Marjorie_PorterThe awards honor mothers in advertising, media and communications who succeed in balancing work and family, serve as positive role models and mentors, and distinguish themselves in their communities.

Marjorie Porter is EVP, Brand Agency Leader of P&G’s Home Care division at Publicis Kaplan Thaler, and oversees all agency work for global brands Cascade, Dawn, and Swiffer, and has helped grow these brands significantly.

A list of all Advertising Working Mothers of the Year Award winners can be found here.

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.

About AWNY
AWNY LogoFounded in 1912, Advertising Women of New York’s (AWNY) mission is to empower women in our industry to achieve personal and professional fulfillment at each stage of their careers. Membership now stands at nearly 1,700 and ranges from senior level executives to those just beginning their career.

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Publicis Kaplan Thaler & Citi Win Big at Midas Awards

Silver Midas AwardsNEW YORK CITY, NY (December 18, 2013) – Publicis Kaplan Thaler and their client, Citi received four silver Midas Awards at this year’s only international competition to recognize excellence in financial marketing and advertising on a global scale.

Publicis Kaplan Thaler was recognized for their Citi work in every category in which they were nominated.

Specifically, Publicis Kaplan Thaler was award the following:
· Citibank Snow GlobeSilver Midas — Corporate Image PRODUCTS & SERVICES
· Citibank Snow GlobeSilver Midas — Events USE OF DISCIPLINE
· Citibank Snow GlobeSilver Midas — Outdoor/Transit/Out-of-Home USE OF MEDIUM
· Citibank  CitiBike App Silver Midas — Interactive USE OF DISCIPLINE
· Citibank Kindle Holiday HelperMidas Certificate — Interactive USE OF DISCIPLINE
· Citibank Private PassMidas Certificate — Advertising: TV & Cinema USE OF MEDIUM

17038Midas Awards honors the World’s Best Financial Marketing & Advertising™. The competition extends over regional, national and continental boundaries to provide a true worldview of advertising and corporate communications in the international financial community. Honoring advertising in banking, brokerage, insurance, mutual fund, credit card, real estate, accounting and consulting, Midas Awards® focuses on four distinct areas: Products & Services, Craft, Use of Medium and Use of Discipline. Founded in 2001, the Midas Awards panel of judges includes client and agency leaders from the creative and marketing disciplines, as well as internationally recognized experts in financial policy and communications. These judges offer their perspectives not only on how well a message is delivered, but how it is received.

A list of all the Midas Award nominees can be found here.

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.

About New York Festivals
f52f4697ce7dbd329b1caca795bbba28New York Festivals organizes advertising and programming competitions for the following brands:
AME Awards World’s Most Effective Advertising™
Midas Awards World’s Best Work in Financial Marketing & Advertising™
The Global Awards World’s Best Healthcare Advertising™
New York Festivals World’s Best Advertising™
New York Festivals World’s Best Radio Programs™
New York Festivals World’s Best Television & Films™
Entries to each of the competitions are judged around the world by panels of peers in their respective industries. For more information, go to www.newyorkfestivals.com.

About Citi
Citi-Logo-JPEGCiti, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

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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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Publicis Kaplan Thaler & Citi Top Finalists at 2013 Midas Awards

17038NEW YORK CITY, NY (December 9, 2013) – Publicis Kaplan Thaler and their client, Citi received four nominations at this year’s annual Midas Awards.

Specifically, Publicis Kaplan Thaler has been recognized for the following:
· Citibank Snow Globe – Outdoor/Transit/OOH – Events – Corporate Image
· Citibank – CitiBike App – Interactive
· Citibank – Citibank Kindle Holiday Helper – Interactive
· Citibank – Private Pass – Advertising: TV & Cinema

Midas AwardMidas Awards is the only international competition to recognize excellence in financial marketing & advertising on a global scale. Midas Awards honors the World’s Best Financial Marketing & Advertising™. The competition extends over regional, national and continental boundaries to provide a true worldview of advertising and corporate communications in the international financial community. Honoring advertising in banking, brokerage, insurance, mutual fund, credit card, real estate, accounting and consulting, Midas Awards® focuses on four distinct areas: Products & Services, Craft, Use of Medium and Use of Discipline. Founded in 2001, the Midas Awards panel of judges includes client and agency leaders from the creative and marketing disciplines, as well as internationally recognized experts in financial policy and communications. These judges offer their perspectives not only on how well a message is delivered, but how it is received.

Rob Feakins“While industry recognition is important in award shows, I always like to dominate our client’s industry shows,” added Rob Feakins, Publicis Kaplan Thaler Chief Creative Officer. “Doing the best work in our client’s category, is always our number one priority. The Midas Awards recognizes the best financial services work in the world. What I’m most proud of, is how many finalists Citi had in a tough, international show. In fact we had more finalists than Goodby, The Martin agency and RGA NY. Both Citi and the Publicis One Team should feel extremely proud.”

CREDITS

CitiSnowGlobe

Citibank Snow Globe
Agency – Publicis Kaplan Thaler
Chief Creative Officer – Rob Feakins
Executive Creative Directors – Tom Drymalski/Perry Essig
Creative Director – Jim Kotulka
Copywriter – Brian Bellanca
Art Director –  Christopher Smith/Jennifer Stopka
User Experience – Rob Philbert
Agency Producers – Joanne Silberg/Joseph Murphy

CitiBikeApp

CitiBike App
Agency – Publicis Kaplan Thaler
Chief Creative Officer – Rob Feakins
Executive Creative Director – Jim Kotulka
ACD/Art Director – Chris Smith
ACD/Copywriter – Brian Bellanca
Art Director – Nadia Kamran/Rodrigo Romariz
User Experience – Rob Philbert
Executive Producer – Ann Neilsen
Associate Tech Director – Robert Christ
Developers – Carlos Dunn/Ralph Tavarez

Citi Holiday Helper

Citibank Kindle Holiday Helper
Agency – Publicis Kaplan Thaler
Chief Creative Officer – Rob Feakins
Executive Creative Directors – Tom Drymalski/Perry Essig
Creative Director – Jim Kotulka
Art Director
– JP Cannucciari
Copywriter – Neisha Tweed
User Experience – Rob Philbert

CitiPrivatePass

Citibank Private Pass
Agency – Publicis Kaplan Thaler
Chief Creative Officer – Rob Feakins
Executive Creative Directors – Tom Drymalski/Perry Essig
Creative Directors – Dennis Greeley/Julian Newman
Art Director – Chris Smith
Agency Producers – Jon Rosenberg/Kayla Graffam

A list of all the Midas Award nominees can be found here. Final award winners will be announced on December 18, 2013.

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.

About New York Festivals
f52f4697ce7dbd329b1caca795bbba28New York Festivals organizes advertising and programming competitions for the following brands:
AME Awards World’s Most Effective Advertising™
Midas Awards World’s Best Work in Financial Marketing & Advertising™
The Global Awards World’s Best Healthcare Advertising™
New York Festivals World’s Best Advertising™
New York Festivals World’s Best Radio Programs™
New York Festivals World’s Best Television & Films™
Entries to each of the competitions are judged around the world by panels of peers in their respective industries. For more information, go to www.newyorkfestivals.com.

About Citi
Citi-Logo-JPEGCiti, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

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Publicis Worldwide Top 5 Networks at 2013 Epica Awards

Publicis Kaplan Thaler wins Silver Epica for ZZZQuil Campaign

NEW YORK CITY, NY (December 1, 2013) –  Publicis Worldwide ranked the 5th Network at the 2013 Epica Awards, winning 22 awards overall.

EpicaIndividually, Publicis Kaplan Thaler received a silver award for their 1-855-ZZZ-QUIL campaign.

The Epica awards were created in 1987. Having originally focused on the Europe, Middle East and Africa region exclusively, the awards became global in 2012. Epica’s aim is to reward outstanding creativity and help communication agencies, film production companies, media consultancies, photographers and design studios to develop their reputations beyond their national borders. The awards are judged by journalists representing the trade press; 41 specialist titles and websites from 34 countries will be represented on the jury this year. This unique jury guarantees objectivity and widespread coverage of the results. The best work is also published in the annual Epica Book.

The awards encompass all main communications disciplines: TV, Press, Outdoor, Radio, Direct, Media, Business-to-Business, Medical, Corporate Image, Mobile, Interactive, Public Relations, Film Craft, Print Craft, Branded Entertainment, Social Networks, Design, Packaging, Photography, Promotions and Integrated Campaigns.

Joe JohnsonJoe Johnson, Executive Creative Director on the campaign added, “Epica is one of those shows that we have always followed from afar and we couldn’t be happier to finally be a part of it. The whole team is incredibly honored by this award, and in our technology obsessed times, its oddly gratifying to win an award using a telephone.”

CREDITS

ZZZQuil Call Line1-855-ZZZ-QUIL
Agency – Publicis Kaplan Thaler
Chief Creative Officer – Rob Feakins
Executive Creative Directors – Joe Johnson
Copywriter – Liz Rosenthal
Agency Producer – Lauren Schneidmuller
Production Company – Phantom Audio, NY
Production Company Producer – Mary Ruth

A list of all 2013 Epica Award winners can be found here.

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.

About The Epica International Creative Awards
Epica_awards_logoHaving Originally created in 1987 focusing on the Europe, Middle East and Africa region exclusively, The Epica awards became global in 2012. Epica’s aim is to reward outstanding creativity and help communication agencies, film production companies, media consultancies, photographers and design studios to develop their reputations beyond their national borders. The best work is also published in the annual Epica Book. The awards encompass all main communications disciplines: TV, Press, Outdoor, Radio, Direct, Media, Business-to-Business, Medical, Corporate Image, Mobile, Interactive, Public Relations, Film Craft, Print Craft, Branded Entertainment, Social Networks, Design, Packaging, Photography, Promotions and Integrated Campaigns.

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Publicis Kaplan Thaler Nabs 2 Mashies Awards for Citi Bike App

NEW YORK CITY, NY (October 11, 2013) – Advertising executives, brand marketers and press recently gathered at New York’s Altman building to celebrate the winners of Mashable’s inaugural Mashies awards, honoring the best and most creative work in digital marketing. Publicis Kaplan Thaler received two Mashies, Best Branded App and Best New Brand for their work with Citi Bike, New York City’s bike share program.

Mashies4Todd Wasserman, Mashable’s business editor noted in a recent post, “The rising prominence of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and others has led to a more complex array of media choices, but has also rebooted our traditional view of marketing. This is no longer a one-way conversation with consumers. It is a real-time dialogue in which brands can be upended by an ill-conceived tweet or a rogue YouTube posting. In such an environment, we think marketers deserve kudos for making the right calls and applying creative solutions. That’s why we’ve created The Mashies, which are designed to recognize the very best marketing in social media. The Mashies will highlight thought leadership in such categories as Best Real-Time Marketing, Best Use of Twitter, Best Branded Vine and Best Use of Facebook, among others.”

Mashies Award WinnersGuest judges combed through hundreds of submissions to select the best. Winners were selected by Mashable’s editorial team and an outside panel of industry leaders.

“The fact that Publicis Kaplan Thaler won in the best branded app category against some of the best digital agencies in the country says everything about how far this agency has come and our emerging digital expertise,” said Rob Feakins, Publicis Kaplan Thaler’s Chief Creative Officer and President.

CitiBikeAppNew York City fundamentally changed when over 300 stations and 5,000 bikes were introduced. Since New Yorkers don’t always react well to change, the entire program had to be easy to use, or Citi Bike would never truly be embraced. Publicis Kaplan Thaler created a simple way for riders to locate available bikes wherever they were in the city — The Citi Bike mobile app. At a glance, riders are able to locate nearby stations and the ratio of bikes to empty docks. The app also offers full station details, riding tips, turn-by-turn directions to anywhere in the city and a timer to help riders avoid late fees. The app also utilized a partnership with The New York Times to help riders unlock the city and discover parts of the city they’ve never seen before. Riders can also notify friends where they are headed on Citi Bike.

The highly successful app has reached over 130,000 downloads, garnered positive attention from media outlets like The Huffington Post, The New York Times and Daily News and has allowed riders to travel over 5 million miles.

Credits:
Publicis Kaplan Thaler
Chief Creative Officer – Rob Feakins
Executive Creative Officer – Jim Kotulka
ACD/Art Director – Chris Smith
ACD/Copywriter – Brian Bellanca
Art Director – Nadia Kamran
Art Director – Rodrigo Romariz
User Experience – Rob Philibert
Strategy – Mike Taylor
Project Management – Ann Neilsen
Project Management – Jeff Lipson
Project Management – Joseph Murphey

A list of all Mashies Award winners can be found here.

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.

About Mashable
MashiesMashable is a leading source for news, information & resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable’s 20 million monthly unique visitors and 6 million social media followers have become one of the most engaged online news communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

About Citi Bike
unnamedCiti Bike is New York City’s bike sharing system. Intended to provide New Yorkers and visitors with an additional transportation option for getting around the city, bike sharing is fun, efficient and convenient. A bike sharing system consists of a fleet of specially designed, sturdy, very durable bikes that are locked into a network of docking stations sited at regular intervals around a city. The bikes can be rented from and then returned to any station in the system, creating an efficient network with many possible points and combinations of departure and arrival. With thousands of bikes at hundreds of stations, Citi Bike will be available for use 24 hours a day, all year ’round. The station network will provide twice as many docking points as bicycles, assuring that an available dock to return your bike is always nearby. Citi Bike will be operated by NYC Bike Share LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alta Bicycle Share. Alta is a unique company focused solely on operating large-scale bike share systems. System equipment is provided by Public Bike System Company (PBSC), which created the first solar-powered bike share system in the world, and has close to 20,000 bikes on the street globally. Bike systems in the Alta/PBSC family include London, Washington, D.C./Arlington, VA; Boston, MA; Minneapolis, MN; Melbourne, Australia; Chattanooga, Tennessee, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal, Canada with Chicago and San Francisco geared to launch.

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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 Kaplan Thaler Wins 2 National Silver ADDYs

NEW YORK CITY, NY (June 8, 2013) – Publicis Kaplan Thaler received two Silver National ADDYs at the 2013 American Advertising Federation National ADDY Awards — For Street Soccer USA in the Public Service – Integrated Campaign category and for Bounty in the Television – Regional/National – Single Spot category. The ADDY Awards represent the true spirit of creative excellence by recognizing all forms of advertising from media of all types, creative by all sizes and entrants of all levels from anywhere in the world.

Street Soccer USA — I PLAY FOR Patches

SoccerAddyHow do you help get homeless people off the streets? Turns out one way is to put them on a soccer pitch. Street Soccer USA organizes homeless people into soccer teams that compete in rec leagues around the country, as well as the Homeless World Cup. Playing provides structure, support and a chance to be a part of something positive, which is why 75% of participants are off the streets within a year.

IPlayForPublicis Kaplan Thaler was tasked with creating a single patch Street Soccer could sell as a fundraiser. In order to create an emotional connection, they realized they needed to go deeper and wider than just one patch. They ended up designing an entire league identity from scratch — from naming the teams to designing team crests and kits. The crests themselves were based on classic soccer iconography, creative a sense of pride in the teams sporting them. The I PLAY FOR brand, created by Publicis Kaplan Thaler, draws attention to the emotional reasons for playing. It was featured on the NBC Nightly News and seen by thousands of spectators at the events. IPLAYFOR.org became a hub for players and fans everywhere. Players could connect with other homeless athletes across the nation, and communities could show their support for the teams. Within a week, IPLAYFOR.org reached 68,000 people across seven countries.

IPlayFor2For Street Soccer’s biggest event to date, the Street Soccer National Cup in New York City, IPLAYFOR hit the streets. We flooded the city with wild postings, interactive chalk art, benches, and even a Times Square billboard. As a result, over 72,000 people stopped by to show their support. IPLAYFOR made headlines around the world. And, when word of the campaign spread, Kappa donated team jerseys and Slate gave us a free homepage takeover.

The entire run of jerseys featuring the team patches sold out, creative a healthy revenue stream for the cash-strapped charity. But, most importantly, IPLAYFOR helped Street Soccer get 75% of its players off the street this year.

Credits:
Publicis Kaplan Thaler
Chief Creative OfficerRob Feakins
Executive Creative Officer – Tom Drymalski
Executive Creative Officer – Perry Essig
Executive Creative Officer – Jim Kotulka
Copywriter – Jennifer Stopka
Copywriter – Alexis Garber
Copywriter – Brad Mislow
Copywriter – Brian Bellanca
Art Director – Christopher C. Smith
Art Director – Julie Eyerman-Allard
Art Director – Kay Saoyen
Project Manager – Sharon Malcolm
Photographer – Ian Young

P&G — Bounty

BountyAddyKids who love sports rarely check their enthusiasm at the front door. Especially when excited by events such as the Olympics, inspired kids end up transforming their homes into athletic training grounds. They sprint, leap, dive or throw — on sofas, down hallways, in kitchens and all around the house. It takes brave parents to allow that behavior (given all the messes that could result) — and Bounty paper towels wanted to acknowledge those parents that don’t let the fear of a little mess stand in the way of their children’s big dreams. After all, that’s Bounty’s role in life: To help people live uninhibited by fear of messes.

The story of the Bounty Olympics “Anthem” is one of perseverance by every member of the team. Every P&G brand is afforded the opportunity to submit work to be produced for the Olympics. While the Bounty clients loved the idea for a spot pitched by Publicis Kaplan Thaler’s Bertrand Garbassi and Kat Keeley, it was not within their budget. So, while on a shoot for another initiative, the team captured extra footage of the kids performing “stunts.” They cut the footage together and shared it with the Bounty team, who loved both the spot and their initiative. The President of Family Care cited this as another example of how the agency “brings us what we need, not what we ask for.”

It was then shown to CMO of P&G, Marc Pritchard, and he loved it so much he reallocated one of the two TV slots for the opening ceremonies to Bounty (a slot that would have been reserved for the P&G Mom’s campaign). It’s an amazing tale of the courage, stamina and passion on the part of both the agency and the client family care team.

Credits:
P&G — BOUNTY
Publicis Kaplan Thaler
Chief Creative Officer
– Rob Feakins
Executive Creative Officer – David Corr
Creative Director – Bertrand Garbassi
Creative Director – Kat Keeley
Agency Producer – Alisa Cohen
Production Company – 2Films
Director – Bram Van Riet
Producer – Marc Stemmer
Editing House – Cosmo Street
Editor – Steve Bell

A list of all AAF 2013 ADDY Award winners can be found here.

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.

About Street Soccer USA
Street Soccer USA logoStreet Soccer USA (SSUSA) (www.streetsoccerusa.org) is sport for development program of HELP USA, which believes ending homelessness is a team sport. Through a systematic approach, SSUSA Builds community and trust through sport with participants and volunteers, transforming the context within which they live from one of isolation, abuse, and marginalization, to one of community, purpose, and achievement, requires participants to set 3, 6, and 12-month life goals, and empowers participants by providing access to services and educational/employment opportunities through our Jobs Academy. The Lady Salamander women’s initiative has formed women’s only teams at shelters across the U.S. as well.  The program in San Francisco is operated in partnership with the St. Vincent de Paul MSC shelter and the SF Conservation Corps.

About Procter & Gamble
P&G serves approximately 4.6 billion people around the world with its brands. The Company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Pampers®, Tide®, Ariel®, Always®, Whisper®, Pantene®, Mach3®, Bounty®, Dawn®, Fairy®, Gain®, Charmin®, Downy®, Lenor®, Iams®, Crest®, Oral-B®, Duracell®, Olay®, Head & Shoulders®, Wella®, Gillette®, Braun®, Fusion®, Ace®, Febreze®, Ambi Pur®, SK-II®, and Vicks®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 75 countries worldwide. Please visit P&G for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

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Publicis Kaplan Thaler Wins Big At Radio Mercury Awards — zzzQuil Sleep Line Wakes Judges

NEW YORK CITY, NY (June 5, 2013) – Publicis Kaplan Thaler received the prestigious Radio Mercury Prize for the zzzQuil “Sleep Line” radio campaign at the 22nd annual awards at New York City’s Highline Ballroom. Years ago, many media experts predicted the death of radio broadcasting. They claimed the MP3 and CD player would far surpass talk radio and top-40 stations in a matter of years. They were wrong.

Radio Mercury AwardToday, radio is still one of the most expensive mediums to advertise on in some major urban markets.  Droves of commuting listeners are still glued to their car radios during rush hour and several radio-only award shows still recognize the best in audio advertising.

The Radio Mercury Awards were established in 1992 to recognize and reward the radio commercials and PSA’s that embody the essence of what radio does best – connect with listeners.  Today, the Radio Mercury Awards is the premiere creative competition for radio.

RadioMercuryAwardPublicis Kaplan Thaler flexed some muscle at this year’s show. Three campaigns, including Vick’s zzzQuil “Sleep Line,” Scope mouthwash “Good Breath is a Good Move” and the non-profit Boostup.org “Pomp and Circumstance,” all made the final cut. zzzQuil’s “Sleep Line” took home an award for its highly entertaining call-in service, which provided curious customers with a variety of boring content to put them to sleep. The awards were enthusiastically accepted by Liz Rosenthal and Lauren Schneidmuller.

Congratulations to all of the PKT teams who worked diligently on these innovative campaigns, but as is normally the case in advertising: on to the next one.

A list of all Radio Mercury Award finalists can be found here and winners can be found here.

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.

About the Radio Mercury Awards
Portland-Maine-Great-Radio-Commercial-Mercury-Award
The Radio Mercury Awards, the only competition exclusively devoted to radio, was established in 1992 to encourage and reward the development of effective and creative radio commercials. The annual Radio Mercury Awards competition draws entries from advertising agencies, production houses, radio stations, and educational institutions across the country. Approximately 17,500 commercials have competed for over $3 million in prizes. The Radio Creative Fund (RCF), a non-profit corporation funded by the radio industry, governs the Radio Mercury Awards. The Radio Advertising Bureau produces the Radio Mercury Awards.

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