GroupM names Christian Juhl as Global CEO
Juhl to succeed Kelly Clark; appointment to be effective from October
GroupM has announced that Christian Juhl will become the Global CEO on October 1, succeeding Kelly Clark.
Juhl will be responsible for the vision, strategy and operational excellence of WPP’s media-focused companies.
Mark Read, CEO of WPP, said: “Christian has the right combination of leadership, people and technology skills to build the modern media company, something he has demonstrated extraordinarily well at Essence. We have a great number of talented people across GroupM and its agencies, and I have every confidence in Christian’s ability to be an outstanding leader to them and an outstanding partner to our clients.”
Juhl is currently Global CEO of Essence and had joined in 2013. He led Essence’s acquisition by WPP in 2015.
“I’m truly honored and grateful for this opportunity to help deliver on Mark’s vision for WPP as a creative transformation company,” Juhl said. “Media frames the future for creativity, and GroupM's incredible agency brands, talent, client partnerships, and scale give us the unique opportunity to help reshape the industry and the way people think about advertising.”
On the appointment, Kelly said: “Today, we’re stronger and better-positioned to help our clients win in an intensely competitive business environment. I know Christian will work well with our leadership team to build further and faster on our ability to contribute to client growth. All of us in GroupM have an inspiring new leader.”
Read added: “Kelly has had a very successful three years as CEO of GroupM, reflected in its recent strong run of new business wins. I’d like to thank him for his dedication and leadership over many years with the company. I am delighted that he will support Christian during the transition and continue as a trusted senior advisor to the company.”
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