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GroupM launches new consulting division

7 March, 2013


Unit Will Be Led by Former OMD Executive Ernie Simon

NEW YORK — GroupM announced today the launch of GroupM Consulting Services, a new division designed to help clients achieve significant and lasting improvements to their marketing effectiveness and business results.

The announcement was made by GroupM North America CEO Kelly Clark, who said the new unit would be led by Ernie Simon, a media agency executive with more than 25 years of experience. Simon was most recently Chief Strategy Officer at OMD. He also spent 10 years at GroupM agency Mindshare.

GroupM is the parent company to WPP media agencies Maxus, MEC, MediaCom, and Mindshare. It is the leading global media investment management operation with 2011 global billings of $90.7 billion (Source: RECMA).

Clark said Simon, whose new role is effective immediately, was the ideal candidate to lead the new division.

“Ernie’s credentials speak for themselves,” Clark said. “He’s a total professional with a great mix of strategic and analytical skills. He also has extensive experience in a wide range of product and service categories, and we are delighted to welcome him back.”

Simon will serve as President of the new division and will lead a team of analysts and consultants. The group will work with its clients to leverage capabilities and resources from across GroupM and its holding company WPP. The group’s services will include the following:

· Marketing and media analytics
· Portfolio management
· Marketing budget allocation and optimization
· Target prioritization and optimization
· Business forecasting
· Return on media/marketing investment

Simon worked at Mindshare from 1998 until 2009 where his roles included Chief Strategist and President of Strategic Planning, among others, most of them related to client leadership. At one point he served as Worldwide Strategic Planning Director on the Gillette account encompassing 50 brands in over 100 countries. He also managed the Bristol Myers-Squibb US account, as well as the Warner-Lambert/Pfizer business. He joined Mindshare when it was founded in 1999; he previously worked in the media department of WPP sister agency JWT.

A photo of Ernie Simon is available on request.

GroupM is the leading global media investment management operation. It serves as the parent company to WPP media agencies including Maxus, MEC, MediaCom, and Mindshare. Our primary purpose is to maximize the performance of WPP’s media communications agencies on behalf of our clients, our stakeholders 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.

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