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Maurice Levy    

Chairman & Former CEO Publicis Groupe

Maurice Lévy is the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Publicis Groupe, the world's third-largest communications group. He also served as the Groupe's CEO from 1987 to 2017.

He joined Publicis in 1971 as Director of IT and was appointed Chairman of Publicis Conseil, the Groupe's flagship agency, in 1984. He was named CEO of Publicis Groupe in 1987, a role that he fulfilled for 30 years until being named Chairman of the Supervisory Board as of June 1, 2017. Responsible for the Groupe's international expansion as early as 2000 with the acquisitions of Saatchi & Saatchi and Bcom3, he also built the Groupe's pioneering strategic focus on digital as early as 2006 through the major acquisitions of Digitas, Performics, Razorfish, Rosetta, and LBi.

In 2014, he accelerated the transformation of Publicis Groupe by acquiring Sapient, which both opened new doors in marketing and business consulting and grew the Groupe to 80,000 talents across more than 100 countries. Widely recognized as a leading figure in the communications industry, Lévy also co-founded the French Institute for Brain and Spinal Cord disorders (ICM) in 2005 and serves as the Chairman of the board for several entities, including the International Board of Governors for the Peres Center for Peace.

In October 2015, he was appointed President of the Pasteur-Weizmann Institute. Lévy has been honored with numerous distinctions and accolades for his contributions to media, business leadership, and tolerance.

In November of 2019, it was announced that Lévy would be serving as the interim chief marketing officer (CMO) for embattled startup WeWork.


Publicis CEO Maurice Levy Clarifies Comments on Diversity in the Ad Industry

Publicis Chief Executive Maurice Levy sent a memo to employees Tuesday seeking to clarify remarks he made last week that seemed to dismiss the idea that sexism and racism are issues in the advertising industry, instead relegated to a recent isolated event.

WeWork Turns to Maurice Lévy for Help Rebuilding Brand - WSJ

Beleaguered office-space startup WeWork has tapped well-known ad man Maurice Lévy to be interim chief marketing officer, as the company faces an uphill  ...

WeWork Names Publicis' Maurice Levy as Interim CMO – Adweek

In an all-staff meeting today, WeWork announced that former Publicis CEO Maurice Lévy will be joining the beleaguered real-estate company as interim chief ...

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