TBWA Announces Key Executive Appointments and New Regional Structure

- Move to Global Client Market Structure and New Regional Operating Groups
- Global Chief Strategy Officer and Digital Arts Network Leadership Announced
- Toronto's Juniper Park joins TBWA network with Jill Nykoliation as President
- Nils Andersson joins TBWA Greater China as President and CCO, joined by Joanne Lao as CEO

NEW YORK, March 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- TBWA\Worldwide President and CEO, Troy Ruhanen, today announced several key executive appointments among the global leadership team, restructuring around the strengths of the existing group.

Nick Barham, Chief Strategy Officer of TBWA's Los Angeles office, adds responsibilities as Global Chief Strategy Officer to his existing role. He will continue to lead the LA office's strategy department as part of its executive team, in addition to being charged with leading the TBWA network's Disruption® practice and planning function.

Perry Valkenburg becomes President, International – Global Operations. Perry will have oversight of TBWA\Digital Arts Network, TBWA\Worldhealth, Content & Production, Design and TBWA's Merger and Acquisition strategy.

James Vincent and Emmanuel Andre will also assume the title of President, International. James, who was a founding member and CEO of TBWA\Media Arts Lab, will lead the charge in developing new and innovative client models for global client business and building out new partnership models within the network. Emmanuel will be in charge of TBWA's network culture, training and development programs, with the goal of creating one of the most enviable talent development programs in the industry.

TBWA's Digital Arts Network gets new leadership, with Luke Eid, Global Innovation Director for TBWA\Worldwide, becoming President, TBWA\Digital Arts Network. Juuso Myllyrinne becomes VP and Head of Strategy for TBWA\Digital Arts Network.

Troy Ruhanen commented, "These appointments are a conscious move from a generalist model of operating to a more focused, less traditional model. We have a strong bench of talent to work with at TBWA and these moves are intended to build on the individual strengths of these people, allowing them to be more entrepreneurial and take ownership of the future of our company. These individuals are agents for change and will lead our agency to success in these areas."

The move to a more focused versus generalist model among global executives is reflective of a further change to the regional operating structure of the company away from a traditional regional setup.

TBWA is moving to a Global Client Market structure, reflecting the change in multi-national client structures and the nature of their businesses, away from a traditional, rigid regional structure. Fifteen core global markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Canada, U.K., France, Germany, the Netherlands, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Greater China, Singapore, Japan and global client business unit TBWA\Media Arts Lab (Apple), will all report directly to Troy Ruhanen, with Keith Smith supporting Ruhanen with these markets and key global clients, in the role of President, International – Global Markets.

Toronto-based Omnicom agency Juniper Park becomes part of the TBWA network with immediate effect. Led by Jill Nykoliation as President, Juniper Park will strengthen TBWA's footprint in the North American market as well as broadening their design capabilities.

The traditional regions will be reorganized outside of the global client markets. Europe, Middle East and Africa will be consolidated into two groups headed by Kris Govaerts and Cem Topcuoglu. Govaerts, CEO of TBWA Belgium, will in addition oversee operations inWestern Europe excluding the Global Client Markets. Topcuoglu, CEO of TBWA Istanbul, will also oversee Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Asia Pacific will be divided into three focused regions including Asia, Oceania and Greater China. Philip Brett will assume the role of President, Asia, with oversight of all three. TBWA's regional operations will relocate from Hong Kong to Singapore, in alignment with many of the region's key clients. Paul Bradbury continues to lead Oceania as CEO of Whybin\TBWA in Australia and New Zealand.

Two key appointments have been made in Greater China to strengthen the network's operations in that region. Nils Andersson joins TBWA from Y&R as President and Chief Creative Officer for TBWA\Greater China, making China the fifth office in the network to appoint a creative to the most senior leadership role. Joanne Lao, Managing Director of TBWA\Hong Kong, moves to the role of CEO for TBWA\Greater China to partner with Nils.

Ruhanen concluded, "We're adding some great talent to the network with the addition of Juniper Park in Canada and the appointment of Nils and Joanne in Greater China, strengthening our bench in two core markets. We are making a pledge to increase female leadership in our company with Project 2020, and having Jill and Joanne leading two of our key offices is testament to our belief in that initiative.

"Aligning our business with those of our global clients and moving away from a traditional regional structure will allow our leadership and markets to be more entrepreneurial because they are not operating in a traditional structure. Instead of being generalists, we'll be specialists with a critical area of focus."

Ruhanen was appointed President and CEO of TBWA Worldwide in July 2014.

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About TBWA Worldwide
TBWA Worldwide (www.tbwa.com) is a top ten ranked global advertising network that holds Disruption® at its core to develop business-changing ideas for the brands it works with. TBWA has 11,100 employees across 323 offices in 97 countries and also includes brands such as AUDITOIRE, BEING, Digital Arts Network (DAN), eg+ worldwide, The Integer Group®, TBWA\Media Arts Lab and TBWA\WorldHealth. TBWA's global clients include Accenture, adidas, Apple, Energizer, Gatorade, GSK, Henkel, McDonald's, Michelin, Nissan, Pernod Ricard, Pfizer, Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore Airlines, Sotheby's and Vichy. Follow TBWA on Twitterand Instagram and like us on Facebook.

About Omnicom Group Inc.
Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) (www.omnicomgroup.com) is a leading global marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom's branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, digital and interactive marketing, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries.

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