Now Karen Buchanan departs ever-changing Publicis

One of the more unremarked aspects of Publicis Groupe boss Arthur Sadoun’s ‘Power of One’ mantra – or POO – is it makes delayering the organisation (otherwise known as getting rid of expensive executives) somewhat easier.

Now Karen Buchanan (below), one-time CEO of Publicis London and latterly chairman and “chief client development officer” is on her way, leaving the agency in the hands of former Poke boss Nick Farnhill and group CEO Guy Wieynk. Former Saatchi & Saatchi global CEO Robert Senior had a role spanning Publicis’ agencies in the UK (Publicis, Fallon, Leo Burnett and Saatchi) but he departed as Toyota moved its European business into The&Partnership.

Buchanan says: “I am very proud of what Publicis London has achieved in delivering world-class creativity and connected experiences for our clients. Seven years on the agency is in great shape, future fit and I wish them every success, but I’m now keen for a new challenge.”

Buchanan joined from The Red Brick Road where she handled Tesco. Publicis then won Morrisons, which it still holds.

Publicis Groupe’s new country manager is Annette King, formerly the group boss of WPP’s Ogilvy in Britain. King, unless she’s still confined to her garden, will presumably be behind any fundamntal changes to the French-owned company in the UK.

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