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 Tajerâs leadership
BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | March 10, 2015
Interpublic 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 Tajerâs leadership. Tajer, who was named Mediabrandsâ 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 groupâs Australian operations.
âIPG 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,â said Michael Roth, Chairman and CEO, Interpublic. He further said that the latest changes in Mediabrandsâ management team acknowledged Seiler and Tajerâs contributions to the agencyâs 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, âIn his role as Chairman for the balance of this year, weâll look to Matt to continue providing a broad strategic vision for the group, which is something thatâs made us a leader in digital and data-enabled marketing.â He further said, âHenry is a great media executive, who is valued by our people, clients and media partners. Heâs 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.â
Commenting on the development, Seiler said, âIn executing on a strategic vision thatâs 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 weâve 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.â
Tajer added here, âMattâs 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 worldâs 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.â