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Lindsay Weedon named Maxus UK CEO

10 July, 2009

Appointment of Highly-Regarded PHD Executive Signals Ambitious Growth Plan for GroupM Agency

LONDON — Lindsay Weedon has been named CEO of Maxus UK, a new position.

The announcement was made today by Maxus Worldwide CEO Kelly Clark, who said Weedon’s appointment illustrates the agency’s major commitment to the further development of Maxus in the UK. Maxus is one of four global WPP media agency networks within GroupM, along with MediaCom, Mediaedge:cia and Mindshare.

“This is an exciting day for Maxus,” Clark said, adding that Weedon will begin her new assignment in October. “Lindsay is a smart, passionate and ambitious leader. We’re thrilled to have someone with her talent and experience to help us drive Maxus to a new level, both here in the UK and as part of our global management team.”

Weedon joins Maxus from PHD, where she is currently Managing Partner and a member of the agency’s executive board. At PHD she is responsible for several of the Omnicom agency’s largest clients, including Sainsbury’s, the AA, Simple and Cadbury.

Prior to joining PHD in 2003, Weedon ran a design and marketing agency in New Zealand and also worked on the client side of the business as a marketing manager for Ericsson Consumer Products. At Ericsson, she was responsible for the marketer’s advertising, media, public relations, research and sports sponsorships in the UK. She started her career as a media planner for Young & Rubicam.

In her new Maxus role, Weedon will report to Clark and to Nick Theakstone, CEO of GroupM UK. Maxus UK joint Managing Directors Tim Irwin and James Jennings will report to Weedon.

According to Theakstone, Weedon’s track record of delivering integrated media solutions for marketers like Sainsbury’s and the AA was a major factor in her appointment. “Lindsay has proven she can deliver outstanding results for some of the most sophisticated clients in the UK,” he said. “And we know from competing against her that she can be a very potent force in new business.”

Weedon said: “I’m excited about the new Maxus proposition, and the opportunity to shape how we deliver it here in the UK. With the full support of GroupM, I’m confident we can take Maxus to the next level.”

Maxus is a global communications consultancy that helps marketers build profitable relationships between consumers and their brands. We combine the disciplines of communications planning and customer relationship marketing to deliver Relationship Media, a new model powered by creative media thinking and sophisticated, real-time customer data. Our services include communications strategy, digital marketing, direct response media, database management and media planning and buying. We have more than 1,000 people in 30 agencies worldwide, and we're part of GroupM, the world's largest media investment management group that serves as the parent company for all of WPP's media agencies. GroupM's scale creates access to the best media opportunities at the best prices.

GroupM is the leading global media investment management operation. It serves as the parent company to WPP media agencies including Maxus, MediaCom, Mediaedge:cia and Mindshare. Our primary purpose is to maximise the performance of WPP’s media communications agencies on behalf of our clients, our shareholders and our people by operating as a parent and collaborator in performance-enhancing activities such as trading, content creation, sports, digital, finance, proprietary tool development and other business-critical capabilities. The agencies that comprise GroupM are all global operations in their own right with leading market positions. The focus of GroupM is the intelligent application of physical and intellectual scale to benefit trading, innovation, and new communication services, to bring competitive advantage to our clients and our companies.

John Wolfe
Office: 212-297-7160
Cell: 914-659-8663

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