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CHAIRMAN & CEO
Arthur Sadoun, 46, is Chairman & CEO of Publicis Groupe.
At the age of 21, after graduating from the European Business School, Arthur left for Chili where he founded his own advertising agency, which he later sold to BBDO/ Chili.
Returning to France in 1997, he completed an MBA at INSEAD and joined the TBWA network (Omnicom Group) as International Director of Strategic Planning and then as Director of Development.
In 2000 he was appointed Executive Officer of TBWA/Paris, becoming CEO in 2003.
Under his management and for four consecutive years, TBWA/Paris received the ‘Agency of the Year’ award at the International Festival of Creativity in Cannes.
In December 2006, Arthur Sadoun was named CEO of Publicis Conseil, the flagship agency of Publicis Groupe founded by Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet and previously presided over by Maurice Lévy. His initial focus was on development winning key accounts: BNP Paribas, Capgemini, Intermarché, AXA, Yoplait, Luxottica, Orange, GDF SUEZ, Carrefour and Total.
In January 2009, Maurice Lévy appointed Arthur Sadoun CEO of the network Publicis France, employing 1,600 people, and bringing together fifteen entities including Publicis Conseil, Publicis Dialog, Marcel, Carré Noir as well as a market-leading regional networks across France. Under Arthur’s leadership, Publicis Conseil was crowned Agency of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and Publicis France was named Network of the Year consecutively from 2009-2012.
In April 2011, Arthur Sadoun was appointed Managing Director of Publicis Worldwide, the global network of Publicis creative agencies, before being named as the network’s Chief Executive Officer in October 2013.
In December 2015 he was named CEO of Publicis Communications, Publicis Groupe’s creative hub composed of the Leo Burnett, Saatchi & Saatchi, Publicis Worldwide, BBH, MSLGROUP and Prodigious networks and counting nearly 30,000 employees.
His appointment as Chairman & CEO of Publicis Groupe, succeeding Maurice Lévy, was announced in 2017. Arthur Sadoun officially takes on this role June 1, 2017, making him the 3rd leader of Publicis Groupe in its 91 years of existence after the founder Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet and Maurice Lévy, who took the Groupe to incredible heights throughout his 30 years of leadership.
Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Maurice Lévy is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Publicis Groupe, the leader in business, marketing and communications transformation. He joined Publicis in 1971 as Director of IT, and was appointed Chairman of Publicis Conseil, the Groupe's flagship agency, in 1984. He was named CEO of Publicis Groupe in 1987, a role that he fulfilled for 30 years until being named Chairman of the Supervisory Board as of June 1, 2017. Responsible for the Groupe's international expansion as early as 2000 with the acquisitions of Saatchi & Saatchi and Bcom3 (Leo Burnett, Starcom, Mediavest…), he also built the Groupe's pioneering strategic focus on digital as early as 2006 through the major acquisitions of Digitas, Performics, Razorfish, Rosetta and LBi. In 2014, he accelerated the transformation of Publicis Groupe by acquiring Sapient, which both opened new doors in marketing and business consulting and grew the Groupe to 80,000 talents across more than 100 countries. Widely recognized as a leading figure in the communications industry, Mr. Lévy also co-founded the French Institute for Brain and Spinal Cord disorders (ICM) in 2005, and serves as the Chairman of the board for several entities, including the International Board of Governors for the Peres Center for Peace. In October 2015, he was appointed President of the Pasteur-Weizmann Institute. Mr. Lévy has been honored with numerous distinctions and accolades for his contributions to media, business leadership, and tolerance.
Vice-Chair of the Supervisory Board
Daughter of Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet—the founder of Publicis—Ms. Badinter is a philosopher. The author of numerous books, she has taught at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris. She joined the Supervisory Board in 1987 and was its Chair from 1996 to 2017.
Member of the Advisory Board
Son of Élisabeth Badinter, Simon Badinter is a member of the Supervisory Board of Médiavision. He was on the Management Board of Médias & Régies Europe (MRE) from 1999 to 2013, and served as Director of International Development (in 1996) and Chairman (2003-2011) of MRE Europe, then as Chairman of MRE North America until 2013. Today, Mr. Badinter hosts a radio talk show in the U.S. called “The Rendezvous,” which airs in the 20 largest cities of the United States.
Member of the Supervisory Board
Claudine Bienaimé joined Publicis in 1966, working in the department of Technical Management. She subsequently became Financial Controller, then General Secretary of Publicis Conseil (1978) and President of the French media division (1995). Named General Secretary of Publicis Groupe in 2001, and a member of the Management Board from 2004, she oversaw the Groupe's human resources, legal and internal audit divisions through the end of 2007. Since June 2008, she has been a member of the Supervisory Board and sits on two of its committees.
McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Former Premier of Quebec; Member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada
A lawyer by training, Jean Charest was first elected to the House of Commons of Canada in 1984. At age 28, he became the youngest member of the cabinet in Canada's history when he was appointed Minister of State for Youth. He has also served as Environment Minister (leading Canada's delegation to the 1992 Rio Earth Summit), Industry Minister, and Deputy Prime Minister. He was Premier of Quebec from 2003 to 2012. He is currently a partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP and a member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada.
Michel Cicurel Conseil
Michel Cicurel has held numerous positions in the course of his career, notably at the French Finance Ministry (Treasury), at Compagnie Bancaire (founder of Cortal), and within the Danone and Cerus Groups. He was President of the Management Board of Compagnie Financière Edmond de Rothschild Banque. Member of several boards, including at Bouygues Télécom and at Société Générale, he is also Vice-President of Coe-Rexecode.
Of Supervisory Board
Granddaughter of Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet and niece of Elisabeth Badinter. After several years in the sector of Public Relations, Sophie Dulac, graduated in psychographology, pursued her career as the founder and managing director of a recruitment consultancy. Since 2001, she heads film exhibition company Les Ecrans de Paris.
She also manages film production and distribution companies Sophie Dulac Productions and Sophie Dulac Distribution.
Founder and Managing Partner
Tom Glocer, born in 1959, American citizen, is the founder and managing partner of Angelic Ventures, LP, a family office focusing on early stage investments in financial technology, cyber defense and healthcare. Tom Glocer was named CEO of Reuters in 2001 and then from April 2008 through December 2011, Chief Executive Officer of Thomson Reuters Corp., the leading news and professional information provider formed upon the acquisition of Reuters by Thomson.
Prior to joining Reuters in 1993, Tom Glocer was a mergers and acquisitions lawyer at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, Paris and Tokyo. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1984, the Bar of the United States Supreme Court in 2010, and the American Law Institute in 2011.
Tom Glocer is a member of several boards including Merck & Co., Inc., Morgan Stanley, the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also, among other positions, member of the President ’s Council on International Activities at Yale University, the European Business Leaders Council, the Columbia Global Center (Paris) Advisory Board and the International Advisory Group of Linklaters LLP.
He is a former member of several committees and councils including International Advisory Board of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, the Tsinghua University Advisory Board, the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, the New York City Partnership, Business in the Community (London), the Columbia College Board of Visitors, the Advisory Board of the Judge Institute of Management at Cambridge University.
Tom Glocer holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia University (1981) and a J.D. from Yale Law School (1984). He is married with two children and lives in New York City.
Marie-Josée Kravis is an economist specialized in public policy analysis and strategic planning. She is a member of several boards, including LVMH and the Sloan Kettering Institute. She is also President of the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA).
Chairman and CEO
Born in 1960, Swiss citizen, André Kudelski is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Kudelski Group, a leading technology company listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange. Kudelski Group is a global leader in digital security and convergent media solutions for the delivery of digital and interactive content, enabling the implementation of high added value services.
André Kudelski started his career in 1984 as a Research and Development engineer at Kudelski S.A. In 1989, he became Managing Director of Nagravision, the pay-TV division of Kudelski. In 1991, he succeeded his father to the position of Chairman and CEO.
André Kudelski is member of several boards including HSBC Private Banking Holdings (Switzerland). He is also Vice- Chairman of both the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce and of Aéroport International de Genève; member of the Strategic Advisory Board and Board of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and of the Swiss Economy Committee.
He also sits on the Board of Directors of Nestlé, Dassault Systèmes and Edipresse SA.
Throughout his career, André Kudelski has received numerous awards including the title of “Global Leader for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum in 1995 and an Emmy® Award from the US National Academy of Arts and Sciences for achievements in the area of pay TV conditional access and scrambling systems.
André Kudelski is a physics engineer graduated from the Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne, renowned expert in electronic security and encryption systems for pay-TV.
Global Client Leader for the L'Oréal Group
Marie-Claude Mayer began her career at Publicis Conseil in 1972. She was named as Director of clients and then Senior Vice President of Publicis Conseil. In 1998, she was named Worldwide Account Director for the L’Oréal Group, supervising L’Oréal brands assigned to Publicis in more than 70 countries. Since 2009, she is Member of the Board at Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society.
After serving as a Finance Inspector in the French civil service, Véronique Morali joined Fimalac in 1990. Today, she is Chair of Webedia, President of Fimalac Développement, Vice-Chair of Fitch Group and member of the board of the Compagnie Financière Edmond de Rothschild, Coca-Cola Entreprises and SNCF Mobilités.She is founder of the ‘Force Femmes’ association and co-founder of Women Corporate.
Senior Art Director
Alan J. Herrick
Alan J. Herrick is Chairman of Publicis.Sapient and a member of the Publicis Groupe "Directoire+". Alan is responsible for overall leadership of Publicis.Sapient, the world's largest platform focused exclusively on digital transformation and the dynamics of an always-on world. The platform encompasses the global leaders in digital—SapientNitro, Razorfish Global, Rosetta and DigitasLBi—and the deep industry expertise of Sapient Global Markets and Sapient Government Services.
Prior to Publicis Groupe's acquisition of Sapient in February of 2015, Alan served as Sapient's President and CEO since 2006, as well as Co-Chairman of its Board. Since joining Sapient in 1995, Alan has led various business units, including a role as Executive Vice President in charge of Sapient North America and Europe, and has been instrumental in setting strategy, fostering a culture of innovation, and driving top- and bottom-line growth for the business.
Once the youngest Managing Director of a UK media company, Steve is now one of the most experienced global network leaders. In 2000, Zenith became part of Publicis Groupe and Steve was part of the management team that oversaw the successful merger with the Publicis owned Optimedia network. In 2001 he became CEO of ZenithOptimedia EMEA. In 2004, when the long standing Chairman of Zenith, and subsequently ZenithOptimedia, John Perriss, retired, Steve became Global CEO of ZenithOptimedia. Steve held this position until the start of 2016, when he was promoted to CEO of the newly formed Publicis Media, overseeing all media operations within Publicis Groupe. He has served on the P12, the management executive team of Publicis Groupe, since 2004. He was one of the architects of VivaKi within Publicis Groupe, which created a dynamic and unique operation housing the key media and digital assets of Publicis Groupe - representing ZenithOptimedia, Starcom Mediavest Group and Digitas. In 2012, he was appointed to the Board of BBH. In 2014, he was appointed to the Directoire+ of Publicis Groupe. Steve is a regular presenter on industry trends and is frequently interviewed for his views on global media issues.
Executive Vice President, CFO
Jean-Michel Etienne joined Publicis Groupe as Chief Financial Officer in September 2000 and in September 2006 he was appointed Executive Vice-President – Chief Financial Officer. He is member of the Management Board (Directoire) since July 2010 . He was closely involved in the Saatchi & Saatchi, Bcom3, Digitas, Razorfish, Rosetta, LBi and Sapient acquisitions that placed Publicis Groupe as a global leader in marketing, communication and digital transformation.
Jean-Michel Etienne holds a Master's degree in economics and advanced accounting qualifications. He began his career as an auditor with Price Waterhouse from 1975 to 1980.
He then joined the finance department of Renault where he held a number of responsibilities, in particular for the group's financial planning. He was appointed Accounting Director at Générale Occidentale in 1986 and held the same position at Valeo from 1998 to 1990 before moving on to the Pinault group as Director of Planning and Control.
Beginning in 1991, he worked at CarnaudMetalbox, where he was first appointed Group Vice President and Group Financial Controller. Here, he oversaw the merger with Crown Cork and Seal, leading to the creation of the world's number-one business in metal and plastic packaging, today listed in New York. He continued there to fulfill several functions in which he focused on M&A integration, and was then nominated Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Europe.
Anne-Gabrielle Heilbronner is a Member of the Directoire (Management Board) and Secretary General of Publicis Groupe. She oversees legal affairs, human resources, procurement, governance, compliance, internal audit, risk management as well as CSR and The Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society. A former member of the Inspection Générale des Finances and an alumna of the Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA), she is also a graduate of Paris business school ESCP and of Sciences Po and holds a postgraduate degree in Law. After holding positions at the French Treasury and in a number of ministerial cabinets, including at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she worked at Euris/Rallye, at the SNCF and as a Senior Banker at Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking.
As CEO of Publicis Media, Steve King oversees the media hub of Publicis Groupe.
King is responsible for media Brands—Starcom, Zenith, Mediavest | Spark, Blue 449, and Performics—brought to life through 17,500 employees in over 100 countries.
Additionally, King has responsibilities on the management Board of Publicis Groupe and serves on Publicis Groupe’s Directoire.
Prior to this, King was CEO of ZenithOptimedia worldwide and was one of the founding employees of the ground-breaking media agency, Zenith Media, in 1988.
King, a regular presenter on industry trends and frequently interviewed for his views on global media issues, was named to Adweek’s 2016 Power List.
CHAIRMAN & CEO
Chief Strategy Officer
Digital Business Transformation Lead
CEO EMEA & APAC
Chief Talent Officer
EVP Business Development Publicis Groupe
Executive Chairman, Publicis Health & COO,
Publicis Communications North America
Executive Vice President, CFO
CEO North America
CEO Publicis Groupe APAC & COO Publicis Communications APAC
CHAIRMAN & CEO
Chief Strategy Officer
Chief Growth Officer
Digital Business Transformation Lead
CEO EMEA & APAC
Alexandra Von Plato
Chief Executive Officer
Four specialized committees (nominations, remuneration, audit and risk and strategies committee) assist the Board in fulfilling its missions.
Strategy & Risk Committee