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Maurice Lévy Says Omnicom Merger Was 'Dream of My Life' Publicis Groupe boss acknowledges loss of face

Publicis Groupe CEO Maurice Lévy opened up today at a Salesforce.com conference in Paris about the dashed hopes he had for his company’s merger with Omnicom Group—a failed initiative that…

June 26, 2014, 2:17 PM EDT

Rapp Names a New Global CEO Alexei Orlov succeeds Bob Horvath

Rapp is getting a new global CEO. Volkswagen Group's Alexei Orlov will assume the role in July, reporting to Dale Adams, Chairman and CEO of Omnicom Group's Diversified Agency Services, the…

June 25, 2014, 1:19 PM EDT

Johnson & Johnson Shifts Media Buying Business to OMD Spending approaches $1 billion annually

In a significant shift, Johnson & Johnson’s U.S. media buying business is leaving a unit that Interpublic Group created for J&J seven years ago. Omnicom Group’s OMD is inheriting the assignment…

May 23, 2014, 12:27 PM EDT

IPG CEO Michael Roth Defends His Pay Says it's comparable or less than what competitors make

Interpublic Group CEO Michael Roth today defended his compensation as mid-tier compared to his competitors. Roth, speaking at IPG's annual shareholder meeting in New York, received $11.7 million in salary, stock,…

May 22, 2014, 1:18 PM EDT

Publicis Says Inequality Doomed the Company’s Union With Omnicom Maurice Lévy cites difficulties in a planned merger of equals

Omnicom Group thinks that cultural differences doomed plans for Omnicom and Publicis Groupe to merge, but Publicis Groupe believes inequality was the culprit. In an interview with CNBC today, Publicis Groupe…

May 9, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

Omnicom Says Cultural Differences With Publicis Were Significant John Wren acknowledges the complexities of combining big players

Omnicom Group CEO John Wren acknowledged this morning that the corporate differences between his company and Publicis Groupe were greater than he expected, as he explained to industry analysts why…

May 9, 2014, 10:32 AM EDT

Publicis and Omnicom Call Quits on Merger Widely expected in recent weeks

What were they thinking in the first place? Now that Publicis Groupe and Omnicom have called off their $35 billion merger, the differences between the two companies as they attempted to…

May 8, 2014, 8:05 PM EDT

TBWA Names a New Creative Chief for L.A. Insider Stephen Butler succeeds John Norman

After first looking outside, TBWA\Chiat\Day has filled the top creative role in its Playa del Rey, Calif. office with insider Stephen Butler. The chief creative officer position had been vacant since…

April 28, 2014, 9:29 PM EDT

Publicis Groupe Posts 3% Organic Growth in Q1 In interview, CEO Lévy shrugs off talk of merger troubles

Revenue at Publicis Groupe, driven largely by digital operations, rose more than 3 percent organically in the first quarter, a “marked improvement” from the fourth quarter when it was flat,…

April 17, 2014, 9:34 AM EDT

Carisa Bianchi Leaves TBWA After 24 Years Agency veteran's exit follows Laurie Coots' last year

Another veteran of TBWA is exiting the agency. Carisa Bianchi, who has worked at the shop for 24 years, most recently as president of its largest office in Playa del Rey,…

April 10, 2014, 5:25 PM EDT

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