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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 Groupe Appoints Arthur Sadoun CEO, Publicis Worldwide

PARIS, FRANCE (October 7, 2013) – Publicis Groupe announced today that it has named Arthur Sadoun as new CEO of Publicis Worldwide.

He will be joining the P-12, Executive Committee of Publicis Groupe, and will report to Maurice Lévy, Chairman and CEO of Publicis Groupe.

Portrait of Mr Arthur Sadoum“This appointment comes as a natural step in Arthur’s career path within our Groupe. He joined us as Chairman of Publicis Conseil, which he modernized while sustaining its growth and improving its creative work. Arthur also applied his vision and talents to Publicis Worldwide’s activities in France. Arthur will pursue the work begun by Jean-Yves Naouri aiming to make Publicis Worldwide the Groupe’s most performing network, while reinforcing the positioning “Lead The Change” which he initiated ” declared Maurice Lévy

“It is a great honor to be the CEO of the network which carries the name of the Groupe and which was the starting point of Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet. I would like to thank Maurice Lévy for his confidence. Publicis has built its success on three core values: innovation, client obsession and entrepreneurship. It is my task, in a world of radical change, to ensure that these values are lived stronger than ever and that we meet the challenge of leading change in our industry for our client.” said Arthur Sadoun.

LION_clearBackgroundArthur Sadoun has spent half of his career at Publicis Groupe, and the other half at Omnicom Group. He has been President of TBWA Paris, elected under his direction Agency of the Year four years in a row at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. He joined Publicis Conseil in 2006 as Chief Executive Officer. In 2009, he was named Chief Executive Officer of Publicis France, and in 2011, Managing Director of Publicis Worldwide, alongside Jean-Yves Naouri, Executive Chairman, Publicis Worldwide. Publicis France was recognized Communications Group of the Year in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.

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.

Click here for a downloadable PDF of this press release.

About Publicis Groupe
Publicis-Groupe-logo-300x278Publicis 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.

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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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Aflac Duck & Publicis Kaplan Thaler Honored for Work by Forbes Fortune 500 Social Media Stars

forbes logoCOLUMBUS, GA (May 13, 2013) –  Sometimes being the loudest voice in the room, means being the most memorable voice in the room. No, we are not referring to the “Aflaaaac!” shriek of the Aflac Duck. We are referring to the enormously successful use of social media, making Aflac one of the most recognizable names in insurance and landing it on Forbes’ FORTUNE 500 Social Media List ranking #118. As early adopters of the new technology, Aflac and their agency Publicis Kaplan Thaler began building a massive amount of content behind the flagship TV duck.

AflacDuckTwitterAs the brand champions storytelling, Aflac’s posts on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube revolve around the people their insurance helps and the forever evolving life of the Aflac Duck. In case you hadn’t heard, he has been recovering from debilitating injuries using the insurance provided to him by Aflac.

Results have been stellar. The Aflac company mascot has a verified Twitter account (over 20,000 followers) and more than 380,000 Facebook fans, an impressive number considering “Health insurance isn’t something people want to think about at all,” says Michael Zuna, chief marketing officer for Aflac. “The Duck allows us to give Aflac a voice. He’s very relevant and timely and engaged in America.”

With numbers like these CNN Money rated the Aflac and the Duck as one of nine “Social Media Stars” in the FORTUNE 500. The honor puts Aflac amongst classic brands like General Motors, Coca-Cola and AT&T; quite a feat for an insurance brand.

The Aflac-PKT model has spurred a wave of competitors in the category to follow suit, but they are hard pressed to match the success of Aflac’s brand.

About Aflac
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When a policyholder gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fast. For nearly six decades, Aflac insurance policies have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. In the United States, Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance. In Japan, Aflac is the number one life insurance company in terms of individual policies in force. Aflac individual and group insurance products provide protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. For seven consecutive years, Aflac has been recognized by Ethisphere magazine as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. In 2013, FORTUNE magazine recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the 15th consecutive year. Also, in 2013, FORTUNE magazine included Aflac on its list of Most Admired Companies for the 12th time, ranking the company number one in the life and health insurance category. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac, visit aflac.com or espanol.aflac.com.

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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