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2014-04-08

Publicis Groupe: Publicis Groupe Continues to Expand Its Presence in South Africa with Acquisition of OwenKessel

PUBLICIS GROUPE CONTINUES TO EXPAND ITS PRESENCE IN SOUTH AFRICA WITH
ACQUISTION OF OWENKESSEL

Publicis Groupe [Euronext Paris: FR0000130577] announced today the acquisition
of leading South African creative agency, OwenKessel.

Founded in 2008 by Felix Kessel and Vaughan Owen, OwenKessel is based in
Johannesburg with offices in Capetown. The agency employs 80 professionals
and services an array of blue-chip clients such as, Amstel Lager and
Tanqueray Gin (brandhouse), TOTAL, DStv (South Africa's leading Satellite TV
network), Zodiac, Aspen pharmacare and also the Diageo Reserve Brands
portfolio across sub-Saharan Africa.

The agency offers a full range of communications services, including
consulting, creative, online marketing, social media and branded content. In
2013, OwenKessel was counted amongst the country's top creative agencies at
Cannes Lions, D&AD, London International Awards and locally at the Loeries,
was a finalist at the South African "Agency of the year" awards and won the
2013 Heineken global marketing award for the brand.

The agency will be merged with the multi-door Publicis Groupe Africa network.
CEO Felix Kessel will continue his current role in the new entity and report
to Kevin Tromp, CEO of Sub-Saharan Africa for Publicis Worldwide.

Arthur Sadoun, CEO of Publicis Worldwide said "South Africa is a key market
with a large potential for growth. We have embarked on a very exciting
journey in South Africa to bring the best capabilities and talents to our
clients. With OwenKessel, we are adding great creative firepower that will
ultimately benefit our local and international clients."
Felix Kessel, CEO of OwenKessel, added, "It's not often that you find two
groups of people who actually share the same vision and objectives. The
opportunity to drive this new agency to new creative heights is incredibly
exciting to all of us. We are also looking forward to becoming part of
Publicis Worldwide and play a significant role beyond South Africa."

This acquisition follows that of Lighthouse Digital in February 2014, AML in
January 2014 and Synergize in December 2013, evidencing Publicis Groupe's
strong commitment to continued expansion across Africa. According to
ZenithOptimedia, South Africa is the eighth fastest growing advertising
market in the world between 2013 and 2016.

About Publicis Groupe
Publicis Groupe [Euronext Paris FR0000130577, CAC 40] is one of the world's
leading communications groups. The Groupe offers a full range of services and
skills: digital (DigitasLBi, Razorfish, Rosetta, VivaKi), advertising (BBH,
Leo Burnett, Publicis Worldwide, Saatchi&Saatchi), public affairs, corporate
communications and events (MSLGROUP), media strategy, planning and buying
(Starcom MediaVest Group and ZenithOptimedia), healthcare communications,
with Publicis Healthcare Communications Group (PHCG), and finally, brand
asset production with Prodigious. Present in 108 countries, the Groupe
employs 62,000 professionals.
www.publicisgroupe.com | Twitter: @PublicisGroupe |
Facebook:www.facebook.com/publicisgroupe| LinkedIn: Publicis Groupe |
http://www.youtube.com/user/PublicisGroupe |Viva la Difference !

About Publicis Worldwide
Present in over 80 countries with 11,000 employees, Publicis Worldwide's
counts amongst some of its major clients Axa, BNP Paribas, Carrefour,
Cartier, Citi, Coca-Cola, Haier, Hilton Honors, HP, l'Oréal, LG, Luxottica,
Nestlé, Orange, P&G, Paypal, Pernod Ricard, RATP, Renault, Sanofi, Seb,
Siemens, Telefonica, Total, and UBS.

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|Loris Nold CEO- APAC&Africa loris.nold@publicisgroupe.com |
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