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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 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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SXSW — A Look Back

Screen-Shot-2013-03-10-at-2.37.31-PMPublicis Kaplan Thaler attended SXSW Interactive for 5 days of immersion into the latest thinking and technology across the digital and interactive space, with impressive keynote speakers such as Nate Silver, Rachel Maddow, Al Gore and Elon Musk. The conference left us inspired – although the work we’re doing today is smart and innovative, the landscape is changing rapidly and it’s an exciting challenge to stay ahead of the curve. Although we could talk ad nauseam about the thought-provoking sessions, at the end of the day, we came home with 6 noteworthy themes.

Hardware as King: At a conference long-held up as a software and service launching ground, hardware innovations took more center stage. Instead of Google Glasses, 3D printing and motion-controlled technology from LEAP Motion took center stage, indicating that the future of technology application is all about how it comes to life in more tangible ways.

PKT_SXSW__March 2013_reduced sizeThe Arrival of CPGs: Big traditional brands such as Oreo, Doritos and GLAD didn’t just attend, they used the event as an opportunity to demonstrate innovation, create buzz, and launch new products. Their presence shows that every company is a digital company, and that brands can be leaders in this space.

The Collaborative Economy – aka the Sharing Economy. Crowd-sourcing and new ways of sharing are changing the way we discover and consume goods, disrupting industries, helping innovators spread their ideas, and creating value. Companies such as Airbnb, Uber, Etsy, and SideCar are revolutionizing their industries and are putting the power back in the hands of the consumer.

The Changing Pendulum of Social: People are becoming over-saturated by social platforms and apps. Moving forward, clear value exchanges will be the determining factor for adoption, use and engagement. And as for brands, change comes in the form of senior leadership. With some brands putting the power of community management in the hands of senior leadership, it flips the perception of social media on its head – in a good way.

1181367Location: From Social to Utility: The “small human actions” that fueled Google’s growth was the clicking of links, and Facebook was “likes.” Now, platforms like FourSquare are mining the aggregate value of small human actions to draw insights about the community, location, consumerism and sophisticated recommendations.

Search: From Links to Answers: Statistics + algorithms + natural language = finding the signals in the noise.  The next wave of search is here, moving from giving us content that we can pull answers from, to actually giving us smart answers.

 

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P&G Recognizes Top Performing Global Partners

Tells Top Strategic Business Partners that Winning is Top Priority

CINCINNATI (September 12, 2012) -The Procter & Gamble Company recognized its top performing external business partners during an awards ceremony last night at its annual External Business Partner Summit. The summit brings together leaders from P&G and about 400 of P&G’s most strategic external business partners for two days of planning and recognition. This year’s theme was Partnering to Win, and multiple P&G business leaders shared insights about P&G’s renewed focus on delivering the business to win in market.

“This summit came at the perfect time for us to clearly communicate our external business partners our growth strategy of “40-20-10” and the priorities we’re focusing on to fully bring it to life,” said Dimitri Panayotopoulos, P&G’s Vice Chairman, Global Business Units, referencing the Company’s emphasis on its top forty country/category business combinations, top twenty innovations and top ten most important emerging markets. “P&G has a renewed energy and it’s these business relationships that will help propel us to winning where it matters most.”

Among P&G’s more than 75,000 suppliers and agencies, eight received the highest honor of being named “Business Partner of the Year.”

“I congratulate all of our award winners, especially those who were recognized as ‘Business Partner of the Year,’” said Rick Hughes, Chief Purchasing Officer. “The entire P&G organization is focused on our top business priorities, and that includes our external business partners who help us innovate, operate more efficiently and win in market.”

In addition to the select few “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 was among the 73 external business partners receiving this distinction, awarded to only about 0.1% of P&G’s global suppliers.

Forty-four of this year’s Excellence Award winners were also winners in 2011, including Publicis Worldwide, winning for a third 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. “I’m always pleased to see repeat Excellence Award winners,” said Hughes. “That demonstrates that P&G and our top strategic business partners are collaborating and aligned on what’s most important for the business. That’s especially critical for the journey ahead.”

Over 400 companies from thirty-six different countries attended the event.

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.

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

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