Kantar announces key management changes at Millward Brown
11 April, 2007
Today, Eric Salama, Chief Executive Officer of Kantar, announces key management changes at Millward Brown. Effective immediately, current Millward Brown Chairman & CEO, Bob Meyers, will turn Chief Executive Officer duties over to Eileen Campbell. Meyers will remain Chairman for the balance of 2007. Mr. Meyers has lead Millward Brown for the past 10 years, during which the company has experienced tremendous success. Ms. Campbell currently serves as Millward Brown's President of Global Development. She joined the firm in 2000 as Chief Executive Officer of the company's North American business unit.
According to Salama, this announcement fills him with a mixture of both joy and sadness. About Ms. Campbell's appointment, he says, "I’m delighted that Eileen will be taking over as CEO of Millward Brown. She has a great track record in growing client relationships, developing talent and building new capabilities; she knows our industry inside out and knows the importance of each part of the jigsaw that goes to make up a great offer; and she has got a sense of what is special about Millward Brown and how the company needs to adapt for the future. Her energy, sense of direction and talent are huge and just what MB needs at this point in time."
But his enthusiasm about Campbell's appointment is tempered by sadness at Meyers’ departure as CEO. According to Salama, "Bob Meyers has been a superb CEO and as good a colleague as you could hope to find. Under his leadership MB has innovated and widened its offer, globalised and become a magnet for top talent. In many ways MB is the benchmark for our industry. As a colleague he has been totally dependable, open to change, and fair – everything you would want in a CEO."
The transition from Meyers to Campbell will begin now and be completed by Q3. Mr. Meyers will remain Chairman until year-end and is in active discussions with Mr. Salama about other roles within Kantar. According to Salama, "I very much hope that we will benefit from Bob’s talent for many years to come".