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By John Glenday | Reporter

April 8, 2022 | 2 min read

Publicis Groupe chief executive officer Arthur Sadoun has gone public with his cancer recovery in a reassuring video addressed to employees and stakeholders.

In a personal statement addressed to Publicis’s entire global staff, Sadoun revealed that he has undergone surgery to remove a ”small” cancerous tumor in his neck and will remain in Paris until June while undergoing follow-on treatment.

Stressing transparency and openness, the personal message aimed to nix any rumors about his health by confronting the issue head-on. In the video, Sadoun said: ”A couple of weeks ago I had surgery to remove a very small tumor that turned out to be cancer.

”This is something that is pretty tough to hear but can be overcome, and in my case we went through surgery immediately and removed all of the cancerous cells.

”Today I can tell you that there is absolutely no reason to worry – the only thing I could say is the doctor could have made the scar a bit more discreet.”

A spokesperson for Publicis Groupe told The Drum: ”The surgery went extremely well and he will undertake a preventive follow-up treatment, as is usual in these situations, that will keep him in Paris during May and June.”

The chief executive said that he would curtail his regular traveling schedule until the summer. He joked: ”I am not sure that is great news for the French team to see me so much and so often, but I have promised that I won’t bother anyone.”

He will present the group’s Q1 2022 financial results next Thursday.

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