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Matt Seiler named IPG Mediabrands Chairman; Henry Tajer promoted to CEO

Effective May 1, Seiler will step down as Global CEO of IPG Mediabrands and will remain as Chairman through 2015 to ensure smooth transition to Tajer’s leadership

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | March 10, 2015

IPG-logoInterpublic Group has put in motion its succession process at its Mediabrands unit. Effective May 1, Matt Seiler will step down as Global CEO of IPG Mediabrands and will remain as Chairman of the group through 2015 to ensure smooth transition to Henry Tajer’s leadership. Tajer, who was named Mediabrands’ Global COO in January of 2014, will be re-locating full-time to New York from Sydney, where he currently spends a portion of his time in his role as CEO of the group’s Australian operations.

“IPG Mediabrands has consistently shown itself to be on the vanguard of the industry in terms of thought leadership, digital capabilities and new operating models, as well as bringing a high degree of accountability to its client engagements,” said Michael Roth, Chairman and CEO, Interpublic. He further said that the latest changes in Mediabrands’ management team acknowledged Seiler and Tajer’s contributions to the agency’s achievements and positioned them to focus on specific areas in which they could both continue to make key contributions to Mediabrands and IPG going forward.

Roth added, “In his role as Chairman for the balance of this year, we’ll look to Matt to continue providing a broad strategic vision for the group, which is something that’s made us a leader in digital and data-enabled marketing.” He further said, “Henry is a great media executive, who is valued by our people, clients and media partners. He’s made Australia one of the growth engines for our network, with a vibrant and collaborative work environment in which new capabilities continue to come to the fore.”

Commenting on the development, Seiler said, “In executing on a strategic vision that’s led us to embrace automation, pay-for-performance and a truly innovative mindset, our leadership team has laid a solid foundation for long-term success. The fact that we’ve delivered such outstanding results for our clients and for IPG is a testament to our entire senior management team and I look forward to guiding them further during this transitional period. Our people and our clients are in terrific hands with them and with Henry at the helm.”

Tajer added here, “Matt’s leadership has challenged us to stretch the definition of what a media agency can be and we are thankful to him, as well as to Interpublic for their support in that endeavour. Our clients are among the world’s most progressive marketers and I look forward to engaging with them and our teams around the world, as we lead Mediabrands into its next phase of growth and development.”

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