MediaCom Worldwide appoint Helen Brown as Worldwide Chief Talent Director

7 April, 2009


MediaCom Worldwide have appointed former iris Group Talent Director, Helen Brown, as their first ever Worldwide Chief Talent Director.

Brown’s remit is to align the business and people strategies to facilitate an increase in the potential and performance of MediaCom talent around the world. She will be working alongside Stephen Allan and the Worldwide ExCo of MediaCom from the London office to help with the identification and development of best practice programs.

In line with the company’s People First ethos, Helen will also be improving learning and development programmes with a focus on leadership to further enhance the career progression of MediaCom employees. Helen will be working with regional management teams to identify emerging talent and develop attraction and retention plans by market.

Helen’s 20 years of experience of international advertising and marketing agencies sets her apart from the usual HR Director. Most recently Helen spent 4 years at integrated agency iris, where she worked alongside the founding partners to grow the agency from 60 to 600 people and was instrumental in the launch of the people strategy across 11 offices globally. Unusually, Helen began her career as a creative, moving into the commercial arena some 10 years later to become Managing Director of digital agency I-D Media and Managing Partner of Draft before joining iris.

Helen says of the appointment “The role at MediaCom is a fabulous opportunity. My passion is people, and with MediaCom I have found a company who truly believe in this too. To work alongside people such as Stephen Allan who has such a clear vision and excitement for growing MediaCom globally and for developing the very best talent around the world is, I believe, a unique position for a media agency”.

Stephen Allan, CEO MediaCom Worldwide, comments “We are exceptionally excited to have Helen working with us as Worldwide Chief Talent Director. We are confident that with her experience MediaCom will guarantee that all employees across the globe are given every opportunity to maximise their potential and thereby enjoy a long and fulfilling career within the group.”


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Polly Carden at MediaCom +44 (0)20 7158 5622
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About MediaCom
MediaCom is one of the world’s largest Media Communication Specialists, with billings exceeding US$13 billion and 106 offices in 81 countries around the globe. The MediaCom family of companies includes such leaders in their fields as: Media.Com our digital division, interactive marketing agency; Direct MediaCom, direct response agency; SponsorCom, communication sponsorship specialists; MediaCom Entertainment, branded entertainment agency; MediaCom Career, our recruitment specialist division and CultureCom, the specialist team for ethnic planning and buying. MediaCom Worldwide is a member of WPP, one of the world's largest marketing communications companies, and is a part of Group M, WPP’s media agency group which is the largest worldwide. For further information, visit www.mediacom.com  

About GroupM
GroupM, the world’s leading full service media investment management operation, was created by WPP Plc to oversee its assets in this sector. These assets include MediaCom, MindShare Worldwide, Mediaedge:cia Worldwide and MAXUS. The focus of GroupM is the intelligent application of volume and scale in trading, innovation and quality of services, in order to bring benefit to clients and the companies it operates. For further information, visit us www.groupm.com  

About WPP
WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY) is one of the world's leading communications services groups, providing national, multinational and global clients with advertising; media investment management; information, insight & consultancy; public relations & public affairs; branding & identity, healthcare and specialist communications. WPP's worldwide companies include J. Walter Thompson, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, Y&R Advertising, Red Cell, Bates Asia, Grey Global, MindShare, Mediaedge:cia, MediaCom, Millward Brown, Research International, Kantar Media Research, OgilvyOne Worldwide, Wunderman, 141 Worldwide, Hill & Knowlton, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, Burson-Marsteller, Cohn & Wolfe, CommonHealth, Sudler & Hennessey, Healthworld, Enterprise IG, Landor and Fitch among others.

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