Publicis Communications Rejiggers Creative Leadership Team

Arthur Sadoun, CEO, Publicis Communications, continues to put his stamp on the newly minted group with the creation of new executive roles that affect many of the biggest agencies in the unit.

The Group is promoting Carla Serrano and Bill Kanarick to co-chief strategy officers, extending their existing responsibilities as CEO, Publicis New York and chief strategy officer, Publicis.Sapient, respectively.

According to the company, “they will work together to leverage the unique fusion of Publicis Communications and Publicis.Sapient.” The Groupe gauges its performance using a new standard: client service, no matter the discipline or the country. Whenever possible, the dedicated teams are gathered under one roof.



At Saatchi & Saatchi, led by CEO Robert Senior, Kate Stanners will add the title of global chairwoman to her current role as global chief creative officer, Saatchi & Saatchi. 

At Leo Burnett, Judy John -- current CEO & CCO Leo Burnett Canada -- will now oversee all of North America while retaining her Canadian role. Brent Nelsen, who works with John in Canada as EVP, chief strategy officer, will take on the role of chief strategic officer, Leo Burnett, North America. They join the leadership team formed by Rich Stoddart, global CEO, Leo Burnett and Mark Tutssel, global chief creative officer, Leo Burnett and creative chairman of Publicis Communications.

Andrew Bruce is named CEO, Publicis Communications North America. Kurt Ritter will serve as the region’s chairman and Suellen Ravanas is promoted to the role of chief finance officer, Publicis Communications NA.

Loris Nold and Justin Billingsley are appointed chief operating officers, Publicis Communications. Nold will focus on operations in Asia and MEA, while Billingsley will be responsible for Latin America and Europe.

At Publicis Worldwide, Valérie Henaff will become global president in addition to her role as CEO of Publicis Conseil. She will work alongside Bruno Bertelli, global chief creative officer, Publicis Worldwide, and Arthur Sadoun, who continues to fulfill the role of CEO of Publicis Worldwide while handling the broader Communications group CEO chores. He is also considered a leading candidate to succeed Maurice Levy as CEO of Publicis Groupe next year. 

All of the executives taking on new and expanded duties will continue to be based in their current offices. These changes reflect the broader reorganization of the French-based network. 

In January, Publicis Groupe reorganized itself into four hubs comprised of Publicis Communications, Publicis Media, Publicis Sapient, and Publicis Healthcare.

Publicis Communications includes all the group's creative networks: MSLGroup, Publicis Worldwide, Nurun, Saatchi & Saatchi, Leo Burnett, BBH and Marcel as well as the production hub Prodigious.

This newly organized unit has won several major accounts this year, including P&G Dish Care, GSK, Walmart and Hewlett Packard Enterprises.

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