Oh God, Look What Running Publicis Groupe for Six Months Has Done to Arthur Sadoun

Suddenly decrepit CEO sends his holiday wishes

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To fall back on a phrase rendered meaningless by overuse this year, 2017 marked the end of an era for Publicis Groupe.

After 20 years atop the holding company, Maurice Lévy stepped down and handed the reins to the younger generation, as predicted, choosing crowd favorite Arthur Sadoun to succeed him as chairman and CEO.

Another changing of the guard concerns the Groupe’s traditional holiday video greeting to its employees globally. In years past, Lévy famously used the video to poke fun at both the absurdity of the ad industry and at himself as an aging, deeply European executive resistant to the tides of time.

But this year is Sadoun’s first time delivering the greeting.

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