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Martin Sorrell and the sunset of the superstar chief executives image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 29th of April 2017 03:00:02 PM
....At 72, even with a new baby to deal with, Sorrell’s health and indefatigable work ethic seem to make the issue of age irrelevant. Indeed, gerontocracies are common in medialand: Rupert Murdoch is 86, Barry Diller is 75, as is Sorrell’s erstwhile adversary Maurice Lévy, who this summer will step down as chief executive of Publicis, the world’s third-largest advertising company. ...
Growth in unpaid full-time internships raises fears for social mobility image
.... Unpaid internships are part of a growing trend that, according to critics, gives people from wealthy families an unfair leg-up in their careers. Fashion house Paul Smith and global advertising group Publicis are among other firms offering unpaid internships. ...
Google braces for questions as more big-name firms pull adverts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 19th of March 2017 03:24:45 PM
....Leading advertising agencies have been quick to react, with French marketing firm Havas, whose clients include O2 and Royal Mail, pulling its adverts late last week. Publicis, the world’s third-largest advertising firm, said it was reviewing its relationship with Google and YouTube. ...
WPP warns on 'tepid' economic growth as profits jump image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 3rd of March 2017 09:25:26 AM
.... These should fade by the second half of this year, which may in part be a reason for the caution," he said. The world's four biggest advertising groups - WPP, Omnicom, Publicis and IPG - tend to track wider economic trends and WPP's 2% growth forecast was below analysts' expectations. ...
Former Saatchi boss returns after sexism row with new chair role image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of January 2017 03:41:04 PM
....Kevin Roberts, the former chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi who resigned after a sexism row, has taken a role chairing a UK communications group that says 70% of its leadership team are women. In August, Roberts was put on leave and subsequently resigned from Publicis Groupe, the parent company of Saatchi & Saatchi, after provoking fury with his comments about women in an interview with Business Insider. ...
Facebook 'overestimated' video viewing time image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 23rd of September 2016 11:39:43 AM
....The statement also said the video-viewing metric was one among many that ad firms use to work out if their content is being watched. The Wall Street Journal quoted ad-buying firm Publicis as saying that Facebook's misreporting was "unacceptable". ...

Saatchi boss resigns in a blaze of management-speak amid row over sexism in the advertising industry
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....The chairman of Saatchi and Saatchi has resigned in a blaze of management-speak after provoking a row about sexism. Kevin Roberts stepped down nearly a week after Publicis, the parent company of Saatchi & Saatchi, placed him "on leave of absence". ...
Saatchi boss Kevin Roberts resigns image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 10:28:20 AM
....Embattled Saatchi and Saatchi executive director Kevin Roberts has resigned following a gender diversity row. In a brief statement, the company's parent group, Publicis, said he would leave in September. ...
Saatchi boss row: Women want top jobs, says female executive image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 1st of August 2016 09:46:39 AM
....". Mr Roberts was placed on a period of leave by parent group Publicis, which said promoting gender equality "starts at the top" and it would not tolerate anyone "who does not value the importance of inclusion". ...

Saatchi boss put on 'immediate leave of absence' after claiming gender equality debate is 'all over'
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....The chairman of Saatchi and Saatchi has been put on immediate leave of absence after suggesting that the debate about gender bias in the advertising industry is “all over”. Kevin Roberts, who is head coach at the advertising agency’s parent company Publicis Groupe, said he did not think the lack of women in leadership roles “is a problem”. ...
Saatchi boss Kevin Roberts disciplined over gender comments image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 31st of July 2016 07:49:02 AM
....British-born Kevin Roberts told Business Insider he did not think the lack of women in leadership roles "is a problem" in the advertising industry. The head of the company's parent group, Publicis, said it would not tolerate anyone who did not value inclusion. ...
WPP's UK growth slows but global sales rise image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 26th of October 2015 08:37:27 AM
....1%, Interpublic at 7. 1% and struggling Publicis at 0. ...
Forget payday lenders – there’s a much better way to borrow image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 24th of October 2015 06:00:12 AM
....Angela Quarm, 49, chair of Stonegrove community group in Edgware. Publicises credit unions to people on her estate as lots of doorstep lenders were coming in. ...
Source : Independent [Read Article] Saturday 15th of August 2015 01:16:37 AM
....I started the week in Austria at an event hosted by Nestlé as part of the Salzburg Festival. Maurice Lévy, the chief executive of French advertising group Publicis, was there, arguing in a panel discussion about the “huge problem” of global imbalances in data. ...
Questor share tip: Buy WPP's technological edge  image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 25th of April 2015 03:38:00 PM
....3 points this year. He is confident that WPP is holding its own against its big rivals Publicis and Omnicom, which report their growth differently. ...
Economic troubles threaten to derail global advertising spend image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 30th of March 2015 06:56:05 PM
.... . Globally, ZenithOptimedia, which is owned by Publicis, estimates that the online video market - the fastest growing advertising category - expanded by a third last year to $10. ...
Poacher Bolloré tests his mettle as gamekeeper image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 28th of March 2015 04:54:42 PM
.... His reputation was cemented in 2004 when he began aggressively stakebuilding in advertising giant Havas, eventually ousting the chairman and board. Then, just a year later, the Frenchman started amassing shares in British advertising giant Aegis, derailing a bid attempt by Maurice Levy, the boss of rival French firm Publicis. ...
Cracks emerge in deal to create world's largest cement company image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 21st of March 2015 03:41:42 PM
.... . A month after Lafarge and Holcim announced their combination last April, another giant tie-up - between the advertising giants Omnicom and Publicis - collapsed, blamed on an eruption of egos and insurmountable tax issues. ...
CRH suffers as cracks appear in Lafarge-Holcim mega merger image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 16th of March 2015 09:01:51 PM
.... . The nervousness around the deal has brought up comparisons to the mammoth deal between advertising giants Publicis and Omnicom, also presented as a merger of equals, which imploded after an ego clash and tax concerns. ...
WPP profits break £1.5billion barrier image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of March 2015 08:25:00 AM
....The group - owner of the JET and Ogilvy & Mather agencies which counts the likes of Ford, Unilever and Microsoft among its clients - shrugged off slower growth in emerging markets such as Latin America and Asia Pacific as its UK and North American markets performed well. It also benefited from clients jumping ship from rivals Omnicom and Publicis, whose proposed £23billion merger was aborted last year. ...
Week ahead in business and economics: March 9 - 13 image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 8th of March 2015 05:46:37 PM
.... . On top of that, it is seen as one of the strongest performers among its peers, having poached major clients last year, some after the collapsed merger of Publicis and Omnicom. ...
Publicis agrees £2.3bn takeover of Sapient after botched Omnicom merger image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of November 2014 12:16:11 AM
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Publicis buys SapientNitro for $3.7 billion image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Monday 3rd of November 2014 12:38:22 PM
. Saatchi & Saatchi owner Publicis Groupe has splashed out  $3. ...
Publicis agrees $3.7bn Sapient takeover image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 3rd of November 2014 08:28:41 AM
. French advertising giant Publicis has agreed to buy US-based Sapient for $3. ...
Source : Independent [Read Article] Friday 31st of October 2014 10:59:20 PM
....WPP, whose agencies include Ogilvy & Mather and J Walter Thompson, led the industry with client wins, picking up £1bn worth of new billing in the last quarter, including Burger King and Tiffany. While WPP and rival Publicis saw a slowdown in the last quarter, America’s Omnicom and Interpublic accelerated. ...
Sir Martin Sorrell: I have never known a time of so many risks to the global economy image
.... . Sir Martin said WPP had also managed to poach "tonnes" of clients in the wake of the collapsed $35bn merger between Publicis and Omnicom, including telecoms giant Vodafone from Omnicom and brewer AB InBev from Publicis. ...
Advertising supremo Sir Martin Sorrell warns ISIS and Ebola 'grinding down' ad business image
....WPP, whose agencies include Ogilvy & Mather and J Walter Thompson, led the industry with client wins, picking up £1 billion worth of new billing in the last quarter, including Burger King and Tiffany. Although WPP and rival Publicis saw a slowdown in the last quarter, America’s Omnicom and Interpublic  accelerated. ...
Matomy brings in media giant Publicis as its biggest investor image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 13th of October 2014 08:01:09 AM
.... Matomy, the advertising company that recently floated on the London stock market, has agreed to sell up to 24. 9pc of itself to the French media conglomerate Publicis. ...
Rainmaker: Giants cement new partnership and building towards industrial revolution image
.... . However, just one month after the Lafarge-Holcim deal was announced in April, another French group, Publicis, watched its merger of equals with Omnicom implode after a clash of egos and tax doubts. ...
.... . While rivals Omnicom and Publicis trotted up to the altar only for it all to collapse earlier this year as rows took the place of vows, WPP opened its arms to disaffected family members, picking up both high-profile clients and the creative people needed to keep them on board. ...
Global unrest a threat to profits, says WPP's Sorrell image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 27th of August 2014 12:01:00 AM
.... . Sorrell was bullish about WPP’s prospects going forward and believed WPP had benefited from the failed marriage of rivals Omnicom and Publicis. ...
The collapse in pay shows banking has changed image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 26th of August 2014 09:07:40 PM
.... Two of his decisions in particular have proved spot on: his focus on emerging markets and his embrace of the digital revolution. The collapse of the Publicis-Omnicom merger, which would have created a powerful rival, also helped. ...
WPP’s Sir Martin Sorrell warns over Ukraine tensions image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Tuesday 26th of August 2014 12:40:54 PM
....WPP, which has agencies including Ogilvy Group and JWT, lowered its margin guidance for the 2014 year in February due to competition in the industry. It has, however, gained extra work in recent months from rivals Omnicom and Publicis, as they were engaged in merger talks which broke down. ...
WPP ravaged by strong pound image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 26th of August 2014 06:43:10 AM
.... . WPP said it had outperformed its rivals, such as Publicis and Omnicom, who themselves failed to seal a merger in May, thanks to its greater strength in the faster growing emerging markets and in digital advertising, to which brands are increasingly diverting spending. ...
WPP profits expected to increase image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 26th of August 2014 12:46:00 AM
.... . WPP, led by chief executive Sir Martin Sorrell remains world number one in the sector after the planned £20billion merger between Omnicom of the US and Publicis of France collapsed earlier this year. ...
Week ahead in business and economics: August 26-29 image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 25th of August 2014 09:10:07 PM
....6pc, stripping out acquisitions and currency effects. The company is expected to report more big client wins this time round, potentially as a result of continuing fallout from the failed and damaging merger attempt by Omnicom and Publicis. ...
Monitise backer invests in start-up image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 9th of August 2014 07:07:51 PM
.... . Mr Chu said the deal would mean First Eastern introducing advertising groups such as WPP and Publicis to the British company, and that the Chinese market presented a major opportunity. ...
Clash of the egos: When boardroom bust-ups derail deals image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 9th of August 2014 02:37:12 PM
Freud's back in a flurry of activity image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Tuesday 5th of August 2014 01:49:43 PM
.... . His agency has previously been owned by Omicom and Publicis and has flirted with other major groups. ...
'Mergers aren't always marriages made in heaven' image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 2nd of August 2014 07:17:32 PM
. Aborted public company mergers are becoming something of a trend: AstraZeneca and Pfizer; Omnicom and Publicis; and then, as of 7am last Thursday morning, Carillion and Balfour Beatty. ...
Balfour, AstraZeneca, Omnicom - why are so many deals collapsing? image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 31st of July 2014 07:43:43 PM
.... . The deal scrapheap includes the $35bn (£21bn) “marriage of equals” between advertising giants Omnicom and Publicis, and Pfizer’s attempted £69bn takeover of its UK pharma rival AstraZeneca. ...
....But consummating such transactions is harder than it looks. The merger of advertising firms Publicis and Omnicom collapsed and Pfizer fell short in its takeover of AstraZeneca. ...
Furious investors attack WPP and RBS over excessive bonuses and pay image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 25th of June 2014 07:11:05 PM
....WPP paid £240m around the world in corporation tax last year, according to finance director Paul Richardson, and over £150m in the UK in various taxes. Following the collapse of a merger between American rival Omnicom and France's Publicis, WPP remains by some margin the largest marketing group in the world, accounting for at least a quarter of global media spend. ...
WPP shareholders revolt over plan that gave Martin Sorrell £30m windfall image
....WPP paid £240m around the world in corporation tax last year, according to finance director Paul Richardson, and over £150m in the UK in various taxes. Following the collapse of a merger between American rival Omnicom and France's Publicis, WPP remains by some margin the largest marketing group in the world, accounting for at least a quarter of global media spend. ...
Source : Independent [Read Article] Friday 20th of June 2014 11:43:12 PM
....“It’s a really a good story,” declares Mr Buhlmann at the Cannes Lions advertising festival in the French Riviera, where Dentsu Aegis Network has rented a large beachside restaurant site – although it is modest compared to Google’s giant site a few spaces away. The apparently smooth integration of Aegis into Dentsu looks more notable given the failed attempt by France’s Publicis and America’s Omnicom to unite in what would have been an £23bn mega-merger. ...
The secret of business success? It really all comes down to personal chemistry... image
....So even – or maybe especially – in a world where clinical decisions on matters of facts and figures have to be made, it boils down to flesh and blood. Take the recent failed "merger" between the two media giants, Omnicom and Publicis, who were hoping to create a mega-company. ...
The danger that lurks in the M&A boom image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of May 2014 06:59:13 PM
.... And, given the increasingly tough political and regulatory environment, it is taking even longer for the ink to dry on deals being signed off. To drive the point home, the recent “conscious uncoupling” between advertising giants Omnicom and Publicis goes to show M&A bankers can’t count their fees until a deal is truly in the bag. ...
Comment: How two major deals turned sour in the brave new world of advertising  image
. Nine months after unveiling their proposed £20billion merger with champagne toasts by the Arc de Triomphe Maurice Lévy, the boss of French group Publicis, and his counterpart at US firm Omnicom, John Wren, were left with the bitter taste of a deal turned sour. ...
Omnicom deal with the Publicis Group fails image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Saturday 10th of May 2014 12:01:00 AM
....A dispute over who would lead the combined company contributed to the deal unravelling. Publicis boss Maurice Levy denounced Omnicom chief executive John Wren’s plans to fill key chief financial officer and general council roles with its staff. ...
Source : Independent [Read Article] Friday 9th of May 2014 11:00:00 PM
....There is a theory that all opposition will fall silent when Mr Read unfurls his serious offer for AstraZeneca before the 26 May deadline. But as the collapse of the advertising industry merger between Publicis and Omnicom has shown, it takes more than the will of corporate titans and shareholder support to get the trickiest of deals over the line. ...
Source : Independent [Read Article] Friday 9th of May 2014 11:00:00 PM
. Sir Martin Sorrell's WPP is celebrating after the dramatic collapse of the merger between Publicis and Omnicom that had threatened to usurp the British company's status as the world's biggest advertising group. ...
WPP targets Samsung after Publicis-Omnicom deal collapses image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 9th of May 2014 02:30:31 PM
. WPP is aiming to pile misery on its rivals Omnicom and Publicis following the collapse of their transatlantic merger by poaching Samsung, which has the world’s largest advertising budget, as a client. ...
Why did Omnicom Publicis $35bn merger collapse? image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 9th of May 2014 11:30:38 AM
.... The $35 billion ((£22. 75bn) deal to combine Publicis Groupe and Omnicom collapsed due to differences over how to implement a "merger of equals" in creating the world's biggest advertising firm, the CEO of the French company said Friday. ...
Omnicom Publicis Groupe mega merger collapses image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Friday 9th of May 2014 07:22:27 AM
. The bosses of Omnicom and Publicis Groupe SA, Maurice Levy and John Wren, came under scrutiny today after the $35 billion advertising merger collapsed citing "complex" issues. ...
Publicis-Omnicom $35bn merger deal called off image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 9th of May 2014 07:03:12 AM
. Publicis and Omnicom, two of the world's biggest advertising firms, have scrapped their planned merger. ...
Failed marriage between Publicis and Omnicom has cost both dear despite quick divorce  image
. When Publicis and Omnicom toasted their $35bn merger last summer, Sir Martin Sorrell found himself in an unfamiliar position. ...
Source : Independent [Read Article] Friday 9th of May 2014 12:29:52 AM
. The planned $35 billion merger of Omnicom Group of the United States and Publicis Groupe of France to create the world’s biggest advertising group ahead of WPP is said to have been called off. ...
American companies target the UK for tax image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 3rd of May 2014 08:00:07 PM
.... However, as global economic certainty has improved and deal financing has become cheaper, creating an uptick in M&A, more and more inversions are taking place and spreading into non-pharmaceutical sectors. Advertising giants Omnicom and Publicis are attempting to reincorporate into a tax-favourable Dutch holding company, California chip-maker Applied Materials has used its merger with a Japanese rival to incorporate in a Dutch entity and power management company Eaton Corporation’s acquisition has inverted into Ireland’s Cooper Industries. ...
EE chief downplays Orange brand phase-out amid 4G growth image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 28th of April 2014 10:30:01 AM
.... BSkyB revamps set-top box to head off Apple . WPP benefits from Publicis merger uncertainty . ...
UK advertising market buoyed by mobile boom image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Monday 28th of April 2014 07:58:26 AM
....Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive of WPP, the world’s biggest advertising group, has reported a 7% rise in worldwide revenues in the first quarter and pointed to the decision by several major advertisers including Vodafone and Marks & Spencer to sign new media-buying deals in the last month as a sign of increased activity. “There’s a lot on the move,” he said, noting the delayed mega-merger of rivals Publicis and Omnicom was prompting clients to review deals. ...
WPP benefits from Publicis-Omnicom merger uncertainty image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 25th of April 2014 02:03:13 PM
. The advertising conglomerate WPP said it was benefitting from concerns about the merger of its rivals Omnicom and Publicis as it reported better than expected first quarter results. ...
Source : Independent [Read Article] Thursday 24th of April 2014 11:27:40 PM
.... . The French media group Publicis, owner of such agencies as Saatchi & Saatchi and Starcom MediaVest, said last July that it was planning to tie up with US rival Omnicom, the parent company of Abbott Mead Vickers and Adam & Eve/DDB, in a £23bn deal that would overtake Britain’s WPP in size and complete smoothly by March this year. ...
Lafarge Holcim deal cements role of boutique M&A advisor image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 7th of April 2014 07:06:13 PM
.... . M&A boutique Moelis, set up by UBS alumnus Ken Moelis, was a lead advisor on the blockbuster deal between advertising giants Omnicom and Publicis. ...
Lafarge Holcim deal cements role of boutique M&A advisor image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 7th of April 2014 02:30:51 PM
.... . M&A boutique Moelis, set up by UBS alumnus Ken Moelis, was a lead advisor on the blockbuster deal between advertising giants Omnicom and Publicis. ...

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