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Kelly Clark named GroupM global CEO


By Kyle O'Brien, Creative Works Editor

September 22, 2016 | 2 min read

Top global media company, GroupM, has named Kelly Clark to the position of global chief executive. Clark replaces Dominic Proctor as chief executive at GroupM.

Clark was previously chief executive of GroupM in North America before stepping down in November of last year. He was chief executive for Maxus from 2008 to 2012 and before that was GroupM’s chief executive for Europe. Earlier he held chief executive roles at Mindshare in the UK and Asia Pacific, and he began his WPP career at J. Walter Thompson in 1988.

“Kelly has demonstrated inspiring leadership at every turn in his career, and he has earned the respect of our clients and our people,” said GroupM’s global chairman Irwin Gotlieb. “He has broad experience in North America, Asia and Europe and is focused intensely on delivering advantage to our clients. I am looking forward to working with him to build on our momentum,” he said.

Clark responded to his appointment: “GroupM is in a great position to help our clients win in an incredibly competitive marketplace. Our investments in data, technology and most importantly, our talented people will help us achieve that ambition. It will require a lot of change and a united focus, so I can’t wait to get started with Irwin and our leadership team."

GroupM is the global media investment management arm of WPP and is the parent company to media agencies Mindshare, MediaCom, Maxus and MEC and Essence, as well as the programmatic digital media platform, Xaxis.

Mindshare was launched worldwide by Proctor, who it was announced is stepping down from his chief executive role but will continue to work with WPP, GroupM’s parent company, on strategic projects.

“Dominic helped make Mindshare and GroupM the successful global businesses they are today. It has been a great pleasure to work side by side with Dominic over many years and we all wish him the very best,” said Gotlieb.

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