Development in the Groupe

Because only people deliver value, we focus on our people and what they care about.

Our Groupe is home to the most tech-savvy, creative, passionate, value-creating people in the industry.

We provide them with an environment based on accountability, merit and trust that enables the brightest, most creative, highly dedicated people to do best work of their lives.
It’s people that have built the adventure of this company over the past 90 years. And wherever they are in the network, we value them, we invest in them, and we empower them. Because it’s their energy, their creativity and their dedication that give us our strength.
Driven by a strong sense of purpose and the desire to get it right, we give creativity a free reign every day, in every corner of our business, to add value for our clients - and therefore, our people.
We want to be admired as a hotbed of learning and development for the most ambitious and talented people in the creative industries.

When asked, our clients say that what they value in their relationships with us is:

  • Expert and senior talent on the front line
  • Flexibility
  • A genuine holistic approach
  • Solid data and analytics that reveal opportunities and elevate work
  • Fresh and surprising creative ideas
  • Creativity applied in the broadest possible sense - across strategy, data analysis, media, and creative execution

And beyond what our clients say they value, we're committed to creating and delivering extra value for them: we invest in what our clients care about and need most.

Key figures

  • 71%

    of employees were trained

  • + 1.2M

    Hours of training in 2015

  • 5900

    Training programs

Championing Talent with Tools to Succeed

Executive Development Programme

Championing Talent with Tools to Succeed

Publicis Groupe’s Executive Development Program (EDP) provides our talents with a unique opportunity to interact with their peers and hone skills needed to drive an agency or network on an international scale.

Launched in 2007 under the guidance of the Groupe’s Director General, the EDP had one clear objective: to enable directors and future leaders to realize their potential by exposing them to greater responsibilities and ways of working. To achieve this, participants are invited to take part in a week-long of intensive training. Through simulated management experiences they are able to familiarize themselves with various methods, different approaches and tools they can immediately apply to their work functions.
The EDP is unique in that it encourages the development of key skills, including:

  • Entrepreneurial spirit and how to think like a business leader and understand the principles of ownership and cash-flow
  • Leadership and collaboration, and how to constantly search for new sources of innovation
  • Driving change and change management
Held three times a year – in Europe, USA and Asia - the EDP encourages talents to forge new relationships with colleagues from different countries, with different nationalities and functions. Networking is a major part of the program. Between 120 and 150 of our talents are invited to take part in the EDP every year.

Lou Delapena

CEO of Publicis Singapore

Lou DelaPena, is Singapore’s youngest CEO of a communications network agency and an EDP alumni. She was appointed CEO of Publicis Singapore, in 2014
Lou Delapena

Lou Delapena

CEO of Publicis Singapore

I was honored to be selected for the Executive Development Program, which brought together an eclectic mix of colleagues, with outstanding leadership qualities. The program was impressive, well structured and gave me amazing insight into the Publicis Groupe. Before the EDP, I had been more individualistic in my work approach and the program transformed the way I view and shape growth. It was crucial in proving how collaboration is the true driver of today’s business growth and it exceeded my expectations in every way. It revealed the growth potential both for myself within the Groupe, as well as how we can collectively grow, as part of the network. For me it was a no brainer, knowing I can reach out to colleagues all over the world and benefit from our synergies.

Tim Haarmaan

Executive Vice President , DigitasLBi

An EDP alumni, Tim Haarmaan, has worked for DigitasLBi in Boston, for 14 years, and was recently appointed EVP
Tim Haarmaan

Tim Haarmaan

Executive Vice President , DigitasLBi

The Executive Development Program is renowned for providing a real opportunity to learn how the Publicis Groupe operates, and to meet like-minded colleagues with the same challenges. Through the simulation exercise, you realize the balancing act between growth and acquisition, plus the complexities of managing people internationally. It was eye opening to see how management transforms from agency through to Groupe. The EDP made me look at business performance in a different way. It was fascinating to realize we are building a company that defines the future of our industry. It was definitely time well spent. Through collaboration with a Saatchi colleague, who I met on the program, we have been able to transform business with our client, Goodyear, taking it from a US-based account, to a global account, by branching out to Brussels. That probably wouldn’t have happened without the EDP.

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