Group M’s global leader Rob Norman to retire from WPP

Norman has been with WPP for almost three decades. His last designation was Chief Digital Officer and North American chairman of GroupM

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Nov 21, 2017 9:00 AM

Advertising veteran Rob Norman is set to retire from the business after devoting more than three decades of his life to the same. Norman has been associated with WPP media agency network GroupM and CIA, a media buying shop that WPP acquired in 2001 for the last 31 years.

Though he will leave full time job with Group M, he will continue to work with the agency’s clients as a consultant with “lessened workload allowing him more time for pursuit of his many personal interests,” read the company’s statement.

The statement further read, “GroupM, WPP and before that CIA have been my work, my life and almost always my pleasure.” Norman further stated, “My friends in the business know that I’ve become very attached to a rural life and understand that after 31 years, it’s time to do other things. It’s a curiosity of our business that few people get to step back, yet stay involved; I’m honored that GroupM is allowing me to do exactly that.”
GroupM, which owns media buying shops Mindshare, Mediacom and Essence, said it isn’t replacing Norman, state media reports.

Norman further added, “My relationships with clients and senior partners at the Googles and Facebooks have never been better than they are now in some respects,” he said. “I’d rather do this now, and move on to the next act while I’m at the top of my game, rather than build relationships based on who I used to be.”

“Happily, this is not goodbye,” said Kelly Clark, global CEO, Group M in the statement. “We still take this opportunity to thank Rob for his loyal service and for continuing to share his passion and vision for this business as GroupM and the industry continue to evolve.”

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