The decision was taken at the Board of Directors meeting at Dentsu’s Head Office in Tokyo. Buhlmann, who takes up his new position on July 1 2013 as Executive Officer, is the second non-Japanese Executive Officer in Dentsu’s history. The role is concurrent with his roles as CEO of the global operating unit Dentsu Aegis Network, established in March after Dentsu completed its acquisition of Aegis Group plc, and CEO of the Aegis Media entity under the Dentsu Aegis Network umbrella.
After the acquisition of Aegis Group, the overseas ratio of Dentsu’s consolidated gross profit rose from 18 per cent to 44 per cent. As an Executive Officer, Buhlmann is expected to contribute to Dentsu Group’s overseas business strategy and help drive further growth in this arena. In this role, he continues to report to Tim Andree, Director and Executive Vice President of Dentsu Inc.
Commenting on the appointment, Tadashi Ishii, CEO of Dentsu Inc. said, “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Jerry Buhlmann as an Executive Officer of Dentsu Inc. His vision and strong leadership have been the backbone to delivering Aegis Media’s growth and I am certain that he will contribute to the success of our business outside Japan. I have deep faith and respect for him and I am excited about the journey ahead together.”
Jerry Buhlmann, CEO of the Dentsu Aegis Network and Aegis Media, added, “I am very pleased to be appointed as an Executive Officer at Dentsu Inc. Since the completion of the merger with Dentsu at the end of March 2013, the commonality of vision and strategy we share has enabled us to bring our companies closer together at speed and it is already enabling us to deliver truly global solutions for our clients. I look forward to working more closely with my colleagues at Dentsu Inc. to realise our global communications ambitions.”