Publicis Groupe Chairman and CEO Arthur Sadoun has appointed Emmanuel André to the newly created position of Chief Talent Officer (CTO), with effect from September 18, 2017. Mr André will be in charge of talent management and recruitment, working directly with the Solutions CEOs and their respective CTOs , who will be functionally reporting to him. He will also be in charge of all Groupe learning, development programs and group culture. New York based, he will join the Management Committee and report directly to Mr Sadoun.
Mr André is currently President International of TBWA\Worldwide and has in his existing remit the management of the company’s collective “people” strategy, covering the key areas of learning, career development, top talent recruitment and the culture at large. He is a French citizen who started his career in advertising in 1993 and has worked in Paris, Hong Kong and New York where he now lives. He began at TBWA Paris as an account executive, moved to new business, led global accounts and joined the Asia-Pacific leadership for the network before becoming COO of USbased TBWA\Worldwide in 2008. He was nominated to his current President role in March 2015.
“Emmanuel’s appointement is an important step in our ambition to become the market leader in marketing and business transformation. Bringing a CTO at the top level of our organisation was critical at a moment when our people need to embark on our transformation journey. With Maurice Lévy, we strongly believed it was essential to entrust this role to someone who knows our business inside out and understands the challenges our people are facing every day. Talent is the Groupe’s top priority and biggest asset. Emmanuel will have an important role to play in all the initiatives that are building our Groupe culture while attracting, rewarding, retaining and training the best and most collaborative team in the industry to serve our clients even better than before,” said Mr Sadoun.
“Publicis Groupe clearly has the vision, the right business model and the energy to write an exciting new chapter for our industry, and they’ve placed talent and culture at the top of their priorities. I’ve spent my whole career witnessing how these things make all the difference in our business and I’m honored to join the team,” added Mr André.