Saatchi’s Kate Stanners is the new Kevin Roberts

She may not fancy the soubriquet very much but she is.

Saatchi & Saatchi’s esteemed global CCO Kate Stanners (below) is now its new ‘chairwoman’ too, replacing the defenestrated Kevin Roberts, part of a veritable smorgasbord of new titles at Arthur Sadoun’s Publicis Communications. Former chairman Roberts had to resign when the said that some women didn’t want such lofty jobs. They’re all in MediaPost here.


Other gals on the way up at Publicis are Judy John, boss of Leo Burnett in Canada who takes over responsibility for all North America and Valérie Hénaff, boss of Publicis Conseil in France who becomes CEO of Publicis Worldwide.

Now these are clearly very capable people but you can’t help feeling there was a frantic call from Publicis HQ: “Find me a woman!”

Sadoun says these (and the numerous other appointments) have all been made in the cause of better client service. PR might have something to with it as well.

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