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Millward Brown appoints Ronald D. Markham as Chief Information Officer

31 January, 2011

NEW YORK — Millward Brown, a global leader in brand, media and communications research, today announces the appointment of Ronald D. Markham as Chief Information Officer.

Ron will report to Global CEO Eileen Campbell and will join the global board. His remit will involve leading Millward Brown into the next frontier of the Internet, Web 3.0, mobile computing and the rapidly advancing social media landscape.

Commenting on his appointment, Ron Markham said “I am delighted to be joining Millward Brown at this time, helping to harness emerging technologies in a way that will fundamentally transform the effectiveness, velocity, and visual excitement of the insights generated for its clients across the globe.”

Global CEO Eileen Campbell said ”While Ron’s outstanding track record clearly demonstrates that he has the required technical skills for the CIO role, I am most enthusiastic about his mindset. He is a firm believer that our technology teams should be true partners to the business. His commitment to using technology to make our jobs more interesting and easier and our clients happier is inspiring and we are delighted to welcome him to our team.”

In his last role, Ron was the Senior VP and CIO for SPSS Inc, an IBM company, where he led the worldwide expansion and integration of SPSS. He was also responsible for the successful integration of SPSS’ systems, networks and processes with IBM’s global infrastructure following IBM’s acquisition of SPSS in 2009. Prior to that Ron held CIO positions at Comdisco and GE Capital Rail Service.

Ron will be based in the Lisle, Illinois office but will travel frequently to work with Millward Brown teams around the world.

Miquet Humphryes, Associate Director, Global Communications & Marketing
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About Millward Brown
Millward Brown is one of the world's leading research agencies and is expert in effective advertising, marketing communications, media and brand equity research. Through the use of an integrated suite of validated research solutions — both qualitative and quantitative — Millward Brown helps clients build strong brands and services. Millward Brown has more than 77 offices in 53 countries. Additional practices include Millward Brown's Global Media Practice (media effectiveness unit), The Neuroscience Practice (using neuroscience to enhance traditional research techniques), Millward Brown Optimor (focused on helping clients maximize the returns on their brand and marketing investments), Dynamic Logic (the world leader in digital marketing effectiveness) and Firefly Millward Brown (a global qualitative research business). Millward Brown is part of Kantar, WPP's insight, information and consultancy group.

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