Mumbai: GroupM, the media investment management company of WPP Group, has appointed Kelly Clark as its global chief executive officer (CEO).
Clark was the chief executive of GroupM in North America from 2012 to 2015, before which he was the worldwide CEO of Maxus from 2008 to 2012.
“Kelly has demonstrated inspiring leadership at every turn in his career, and he has earned the respect of our clients and our people,” Irwin Gotlieb, global chairman, GroupM, said in a statement on Thursday.
“He has broad experience in North America, Asia and Europe and is focused intensely on delivering advantage to our clients. I am looking forward to working with him to build on our momentum,” he added.
Clark served as GroupM’s chief executive for Europe from 2005 to 2008 and held CEO roles with Mindshare in the UK and in Asia Pacific. Clark began his WPP career at J. Walter Thompson in 1988 in New York.
“GroupM is in a great position to help our clients win in an incredibly competitive marketplace,” Clark said in a statement.
“Our investments in data, technology and most importantly, our talented people will help us achieve that ambition. It will require a lot of change and a united focus, so I can’t wait to get started with Irwin and our leadership team.”
In another announcement on Thursday, GroupM said Dominic Proctor was stepping down from his role as global president. Proctor would, however, remain with WPP to work on strategic projects. Proctor launched Mindshare around the world beginning 1997, and was named president of GroupM in 2012.
GroupM is the global media investment management company which is parent to WPP media agencies including Mindshare, MEC, MediaCom, Maxus, and Essence, as well as the programmatic digital media platform, Xaxis. Together GroupM and Kantar, WPP’s data investment management group, account for more than 50% of WPP’s group revenue of over $20 billion.