Will Mark Read Run WPP Any Differently Than Martin Sorrell?

WPP is set to knight its new CEO. Multiple publications Tuesday reported that as early as next week, the holding company is set to name Wunderman and WPP Digital CEO Mark Read the firm’s second-ever chief executive, following the departure of founder and longtime leader Martin Sorrell in April. WPP has not confirmed the appointment.Continue reading »

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When It Comes To Diversity, Lindsay Pattison Walks The Talk

Lindsay Pattison isn’t messing around about increasing diversity in WPP’s top ranks. The former global CEO of GroupM agency Maxus was promoted to chief transformation officer of WPP last year. While the job’s purpose is largely about enabling transformation across WPP’s services and working models, Pattison has made sure diversity and inclusion were front andContinue reading »

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WPP Homes In On A CEO; Telcos Prep Ad-Blocking VPNs

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. Read Favored To Run WPP Speculation has swirled for months about who will succeed Martin Sorrell as CEO of WPP, and we may finally have an answer. Mark Read, CEO of Wunderman and co-COO at WPP since Sorrell’s departure, has emerged as the topContinue reading »

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WPP Assess WPP China; BuzzFeed Rebrands

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. WPP In A China Shop WPP is exploring selling 20% of WPP China, its agency subsidiary in the market, to the Chinese media triumvirate of Tencent, Alibaba and China Media Capital Holdings, reports Sky News. The discussions are in the early stages, but WPPContinue reading »

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The Big Story Podcast: IPG Buys Acxiom Marketing Solutions, LiveRamp’s Future And Sir Martin Wins Against WPP

This is a new podcast from AdExchanger. It will be available wherever you subscribe to podcasts.  The Big Story is a breezy new podcast featuring a roundtable of AdExchanger editors talking about, well, the biggest stories that broke over the past week. In our inaugural episode, Managing Editor Ryan Joe and staff writers Alison WeissbrotContinue reading »

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Facebook Defies Gravity; WPP Vs. Martin Sorrell

Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. The Zuck Abides Readers might be forgiven for thinking this has been a brutal year for Facebook, given the long string of scandals and investigations the company has faced. But in some important ways, Facebook is humming along as smoothly as ever, according toContinue reading »

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Post GDPR Ad Spend Recovers; WPP Faces Short Sellers

 Here’s today’s AdExchanger.com news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. The GDPR Pipe Cleaner Programmatic ad spend has rebounded a bit in Europe after contracting a month ago when GDPR came into effect. Clients cut programmatic by as much as 50% in the days following enforcement, since many publishers lacked consent technology and advertisersContinue reading »

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WPP’s Mark Read Is Serious About “Getting On With The Business”

It’s been a heck of a couple of months for Mark Read. The Wunderman CEO was promoted to co-chief operating officer of WPP in April after then-CEO Martin Sorrell stepped down amid an investigation into misuse of company funds. Read shares his role with Andrew Scott, WPP’s COO for EMEA, who focuses on the commercialContinue reading »

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Cannes 2018: The Media Agency Ground Game

Last year, when Publicis Groupe said it would pull out of the Cannes Lions festival and awards show and reinvest the funds in an artificial intelligence platform, it sparked other holding companies to rethink their presences. Many had become concerned that the festival, which takes place every June along the beach in the south ofContinue reading »

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