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Changes announced to TNS management line-up

10 May, 2011

LONDON — Kantar has today announced that Eric Salama will take on an additional role as CEO of TNS, effective immediately. He remains Chairman and CEO of Kantar, and there are no changes to the previously articulated Kantar strategy.

Current TNS CEO Pedro Ros will become Non-Executive Chairman, taking over from Jamie Hall who will transition out of the business as planned during the remainder of 2011. Ros will be focused on developing relationships with specific clients, partnerships with other Kantar and WPP companies and working with local management teams to ensure that capabilities are in place to deliver successfully for clients.

Salama said of TNS: “It is a great business that I am proud of. We deliver good work to many clients in many markets. The ingredients are all there and the potential is even greater - to deliver outstanding work consistently and to all clients. In the areas that TNS focuses on, our aim is to make the business a magnet for talent and a must-have partner for clients. I intend to help the business get there faster before eventually announcing a successor.

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank Pedro for steering TNS and Research International through a difficult period of integration during 2009, a period which is now well behind us, and for doing it with considerable skill and a commitment second-to-none. I am delighted that TNS will continue to benefit from his abilities. And I would like to thank Jamie Hall for a magnificent long career which has spanned time with NFO, TNS and now Kantar. His abilities, approach and humour will be missed.”

For further information, please contact Mandy Pooler on +44 (0)207 656 5705 or Lindsay McMurdo on +44 (0)7768 591977.

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TNS is the global leader in custom market research delivering actionable insights and research-based business advice to clients around the globe so they can make more effective business decisions. TNS offers comprehensive industry knowledge within the Consumer, Technology, Finance, Automotive and Political & Social sectors, supported by a unique product offering that stretches across the entire range of marketing and business issues, specializing in product development & innovation, brand & communication, stakeholder management, retail & shopper, and qualitative research. Delivering best-in-class service across more than 80 countries, TNS is dedicated to discovering growth opportunities for its clients in an ever-changing world. Through its pioneering and innovative culture, TNS understands the latest marketing challenges and research techniques, being the first to discover and solve new marketing issues for clients. TNS is part of Kantar, one of the world's largest insight, information and consultancy networks.

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