By John Glenday, Reporter

December 13, 2016 | 2 min read

Publicis Groupe chairman Maurice Levy has fronted a New Year video tribute to his staff and clients for the eighth year running, taking the opportunity to poke fun at his own pending retirement in the process.

Levy is set to retire in May 2017 but it seems Publicis’s removal men are a little over-eager in their duties as Levy’s office disappears around him whilst an unruffled Levy delivers his monologue to camera.

In his New Year’s message Levy said: “Now we must more than ever act as one, think as one and work for our clients as one in order to win and succeed. The group needs you, clients need you and, as always, I’m counting on you. So what’s next?

“I’m extremely optimistic about the future of Publicis Groupe, we have built an incredibly strong foundation both in the culture and expertise thatruns deep through the foundation of the group.

"The founder of Publicis Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet, whom I admire enormously, once said ‘The trick to realizing your dreams is to remain a child your whole life'. I have applied this to my Publicis dreams and that is my wish for you this year.

"May 2017 bring you and your families happiness, health and plenty of dreams. Plenty!”

Tagged #What’sNext the 2017 wishes piece employs the Airbnb logo and concludes by advertising Levy’s stripped office for rent – ready for the next incumbent.

Airbnb are giving away a day in the office of Maurice Lévy as part of the Airbnb Night At program.

Publicis Groupe Advertising Maurice Levy

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