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Publicis Communications Announces Leadership Change To Propel Transformation

JANUARY 27, 2016 -- Arthur Sadoun, CEO of Publicis Communications, announced
today an important leadership transition at Leo Burnett Worldwide.

Effective February 1, 2016, Rich Stoddart, 52, will take over as CEO of Leo
Burnett Worldwide. Rich's current role is CEO of Leo Burnett North America
and he will continue in that post. Tom Bernardin, 62, currently Chairman and
CEO, will remain Chairman through June 2017. Both Bernardin and Stoddart also
serve on the Publicis Communications ComEx and Stoddart is one of the U.S.
country leads for the new organization led by Sadoun.

"Leo Burnett is a leading force within Publicis Communications. We want to
make sure that this brand and its unique culture are stronger than ever as we
pursue our ultimate goal - to be the indispensable creative partner to our
clients," Sadoun said."
Maurice Lévy and I are both confident that Rich is the best person to
incarnate Leo Burnett on this new journey and lead the teams to great
successes for our clients and our agencies. And we know we can count on Tom
and his wealth of experience to actively help the Publicis Communications
ComEx achieve its objectives."

Bernardin joined Leo Burnett Worldwide as CEO in 2004 and the following year
hired Stoddart back to the agency to run Leo Burnett Chicago. Under
Stoddart's leadership, Leo Burnett North America has seen significant growth
and client acquisition, strong integration and collaboration across business
units including Arc, Lapiz and Rokkan while delivering some of the most
effective and integrated campaigns for clients including Allstate, GM,
Kellogg's, McDonald's, P&G and Samsung.

"Rich Stoddart is an incredibly talented business leader, a tremendous
for creativity and talent and my obvious successor,"
said Bernardin. "I'm very proud, after 11 years, to have been the longest
serving Chairman and
CEO of Leo Burnett Worldwide since Leo Burnett the man. After 40 years in the
business, it is the perfect time to pass the reins to Rich. As Chairman of
Leo Burnett, I will assist both Rich and Arthur in the continued success of
Leo Burnett and of the new Publicis Communications

"I'm so energized by the opportunity to lead this global company and the
amazing talent within it during a time of unprecedented change, opportunity
and reinvention
," Stoddart said. "In partnership with Arthur and Tom, we will deliver upon
the promise and
potential of Leo Burnett - 'the best in the world bar none.' To me this means
the very best talent, the very best work and the very best business results
for our clients.

Stoddart will remain based in Chicago, the global headquarters of Leo Burnett.

About Leo Burnett Worldwide

Leo Burnett Worldwide believes in using creativity to drive dynamic business
change for its clients. Through a HumanKind approach to marketing, the agency
puts a brand's purpose at the center of communications to transform human
behavior. Part of Publicis Communications and the Publicis Groupe, Leo
Burnett Worldwide works with some of the world's most valued brands including
Coca-Cola, Fiat, Kellogg's, Kraft, McDonald's, Nintendo, P&G and Samsung,
among others. For the past six years, Leo Burnett has been ranked #1 in "New
World Thinking" by The Gunn Report and was named an Agency to Watch on
Advertising Age's 2015 A-List. To learn more about Leo Burnett Worldwide and
its rich, 80-year history of creating iconic brands, visit our site, Facebook
page and follow us via @leoburnett.

About Publicis Communications

Publicis Communications is one of the four solutions hubs of Publicis Groupe,
alongside Publicis Media, Publicis.Sapient and Publicis Healthcare. Led by
Arthur Sadoun, CEO, Publicis Communications unites the Groupe's creative
offering : Publicis Worldwide, Leo Burnett, Saatchi&Saatchi, BBH, as well as,
Prodigious, a global production leader, and MSLGROUP, specialized in
strategic communications.

Present in over 100 countries, Publicis Communications aims to deliver
transformative work to its clients and to attract the best talents in the
industry. Publicis Communications draws upon the expertise of over 35,000


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VP, Director of Communications, Publicis Groupe

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EVP, Reputation&Communications, Leo Burnett

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Biography - Rich Stoddart

CEO of Leo Burnett Worldwide


Rich Stoddart is a proven marketing leader who drives growth and innovation
for one of the world's most effective and most awarded communication
companies, Leo Burnett.

Under his leadership the last 11 years, Leo Burnett North America has
experienced significant growth and the acquisition of new accounts and top
talent, while delivering some of the most effective, integrated and
talked-about campaigns for blue-chip clients, including Allstate, Esurance,
GM, Kellogg's McDonald's, Purina, Samsung and P&G, among others.

As CEO, Rich is recognized for his leadership in the development and the
integration of shopper, digital, social and mobile capabilities that make
these campaigns successful. Most notably, he has aligned Leo Burnett and
sister shopper marketing services agency Arc, enabling the delivery of
seamless, cross-platform ideas. Uniting the complementary strengths of
Burnett and Arc together, as Leo Burnett himself said, "helps clients build a
quality reputation for the long haul and generate sales for the immediate
present." Rich has also helped engineer new business units within the Leo
Burnett Group - from innovation arm Farmhouse to the agency's robust design

Chief among his personal success drivers is an unwavering focus on talent,
which has helped the agency consistently win "Best Place to Work" accolades
fromThe Chicago Tribune

Rich began his career at Leo Burnett in 1985 working on the Hewlett-Packard
account as a media buyer/planner. He then transitioned to account management,
quickly rising through the ranks over the next 10 years to become account

He left Chicago in 1995 to join Fallon, a sister Publicis Groupe agency, as a
member of its Minneapolis management team. During his time there, Fallon
earned "Agency of the Year" honors from bothAdweek
andAdvertising Age

Six years later in 2001, Rich joined Ford Motor Co. as manager of marketing
communications. He successfully led all of Ford's agency relationships, CRM,
web efforts, multi-cultural efforts and stewarded an annual budget of over
$800 million. While at Ford, Rich was a recipient of the prestigious American
Advertising Federation "Hall of Fame" Achievement Award, recognizing ad
professionals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated outstanding career
Rich returned to Leo Burnett in 2005 as president of Leo Burnett Chicago and
was named Leo Burnett Worldwide CEO in January 2016. He is also part of
Publicis Communications's ComEx and has served on Leo Burnett's global
leadership team for the past five years.

Outside the office, Rich lends his time and talents to the boards of The Off
the Street Club, Carbon Media Group and Hasbro. In 2013, he was honored as
the American Advertising Federation Multicultural Career Achiever Award
recipient. He was chairman of the American Advertising Federation from

Rich is a Dartmouth College graduate who, along with his wife and two
daughters, is proud to call Chicago home.


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Source: Publicis Groupe via Globenewswire


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