Ogilvy UK chief executive Annette King has departed the advertising group after 18 years to become CEO of Publicis UK. The group’s chairman and chief for EMEA Paul O’Donnell will take on the role while a replacement is found.
In an internal memo to staff, Publicis Groupe boss Arthur Sadounn said :
“In the role of CEO of Publicis Groupe UK, Annette will oversee all of our operations in the market, from Publicis Communications, to Publicis Media, Publicis.Sapient and Publicis Health. She will be responsible for ensuring that we bring to life our vison of being our clients’ indispensable partner in their transformation. To do this, Annette will work closely with all of our UK leaders to drive greater integration across our capabilities, transform our relationship with existing clients, win the trust of new ones and of course cultivate and attract the best talent across our agencies and disciplines. She will report directly to me and join the global Management Committee.”
“The single Groupe CEO model has already been implemented in France with Agathe Bousquet and is starting to produce some great results. I’m confident that under Annette’s leadership all of our Groupe agencies in the UK will climb to even greater heights.”
She will join the French holding company in 2018 after 12 months gardening leave.