Valérie Henaff, General Manager of Publicis Conseil, has been appointed CEO of the agency, a part of the Publicis Worldwide network, succeeding Arthur Sadoun, who is CEO of Publicis Worldwide since October 2013.
Number one in France, Publicis Conseil is the flagship agency of the Groupe, founded by Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet in 1926. Its longstanding clients include worldwide brands such as Nestlé, Renault, L’Oréal and Dim.
Valérie Henaff joined Publicis Conseil in 2006. She has made brilliant contributions to the success of the agency, including the addition of a large number of clients such as, Axa, BNP PARIBAS, Capgemini, Carrefour, Orange, Castorama, GDF SUEZ, Total, Orange and Yoplait, among others.
Maurice Lévy, Chairman and CEO of Publicis Groupe, stated, "I'm delighted that Valérie has been chosen to set the course for Publicis Conseil, an agency that will always be a special one for the Groupe and for myself. Not just because it's the agency with which Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet began his marvelous adventure, but because it was also the starting point for many audacious initiatives and innovations in the advertising industry. Arthur Sadoun has managed to make it a guiding light once again in the French market, one that is so important to our Groupe. I'm sure Valérie Henaff will propel the agency to even greater heights."
Arthur Sadoun, CEO of Publicis Worldwide, added, "It is a great pleasure to announce that Valérie is stepping in as CEO of Publicis Conseil, the flagship agency of the network. Along with Maurice Lévy, we wanted this appointment first as an acknowledgement of the fantastic work she accomplished while General Manager. It's also a strong signal that more than ever before, we want to make strategy the agency's top priority. In doing so, so we will be able to better accompany our clients through the many ongoing challenges facing them."
Valérie Henaff said, “This nomination fills me with immense happiness and pride. It’s a responsibility that I take with great importance and I would like to address my sincerest thanks to Maurice Lévy and Arthur Sadoun for their trust in me. Publicis Conseil is without a doubt the largest agency, and for me, the most special as well. My goal is that it be recognized as the key reference for expertise, innovation and creativity.”