GroupM this month announced that Christian Juhl will become global CEO on October 1, 2019, succeeding Kelly Clark. Christian will be responsible for the vision, strategy, and operations.
GroupM is the world’s largest media investment organization with 35,000 people and $48B in annual client media billings.
“Christian has the right combination of leadership, people and technology skills to build the modern media company, something he has demonstratedextraordinarily well at Essence. We have a great number of talented people across GroupM and its agencies, and I have every confidence in Christian’s ability to be an outstanding leader to them and an outstanding partner to our clients,” said Mark Read, CEO of WPP.
Christian is currently globalCEO of Essence that he joined in 2013. He led Essence’s acquisition by WPP in 2015.
“I’m truly honored and grateful for this opportunity to help deliver on Mark’s vision for WPP as a creative transformation company,” said Christian. “Media frames the future for creativity, and GroupM’s incredible agency brands, talent, client partnerships, and scale give us the unique opportunity to help reshape the industry and the way people think about advertising.”