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Publicis Groupe UK announces Jo Coombs as COO among new leadership team


By Stephen Lepitak | -

October 2, 2018 | 2 min read

Publicis Groupe has announced the formation of its UK leadership team under chief executive Annette King, which reunites her with former Ogilvy UK colleague Jo Coombs who will become chief operating officer.

Jo Coombs

Jo Coombs become Publicis UK COO

The UK team will include Coombs, who worked with King as chief executive of OgilvyOne until earlier this year, chief growth officer Anna Campbell and head of talent, Paula Cunnington.

They join James Barnes-Austin, who will lead the finance team and started earlier in the summer.

As COO, Coombs will be tasked to drive the Groupe model in the UK, while also acting as an executive sponsor on key pitches in the UK. According to the announcement she will also help integrate specialist offerings with a focus on data, content and creativity.

Campbell was formerly managing director of business development at OMD, while Cunnington was chief people officer UK and Ireland for Dentsu Aegis Network.

King commented: “I am delighted to bring Jo, Anna, Paula and James together to create what I hope will be a truly game changing UK Country leadership team. They have such a diverse set of skills and experience which I am certain we can put to great use in service of our clients, our UK solutions hubs and agency leaders and our people.”

King joined as Publicis Groupe UK's chief executive from Ogilvy UK earlier this year, having resigned in September 2017.

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