Chief Integration Officer Leaving Publicis Groupe After Three Decades

By Erik Oster 

Lisa Donohue is leaving Publicis Groupe after over three decades with the holding company.

Donohue most recently served as chief integration officer for Publicis Groupe, a role she took up this August after over two years as CEO for Publicis data and analytics unit Publicis Spine.

“We thank Lisa for her years of contribution and leadership across her various roles with the Groupe, most recently her impact accelerating data transformation for our agencies and their clients,” Publicis Groupe said in a statement. “We wish her every success and happiness as she sets out in her next chapter.”


Donohue joined Publicis Groupe in 1987 as a media associate to evp, managing director at Starcom/Leo Burnett. She remained at Starcom around 17 years before joining MediaVest as president in 2004. After five years in that role she returned to Starcom as U.S. CEO in 2009, spending nearly seven years in the chief executive role before becoming global brand president.

She also spent over three years on 4A’s board of directors, beginning in 2013, and currently serves as board president for She Runs It.

Her exit is the latest in a string of executive departures for Publicis Groupe. This month also saw chief diversity officer Sandra Sims-Williams leave for Nielsen and Leo Burnett Chicago president, chief strategy officer Emma Montgomery resign from the agency.