GroupM, the media investment group of WPP, has announced that Dominic Proctor (pictured) is stepping down from his role as global president. Nonetheless, he will remain with WPP to work on strategic projects. Proctor was instrumental in the company’s growth and launched Mindshare around the world beginning in 1997. He was appointed the president of the company in 2012.
Simultaneously, GroupM has brought on board Kelly Clark as global CEO. Clark most recently served as the CEO of GroupM in North America from 2012 to 2015. Prior to that role, he was the worldwide CEO for Maxus between 2008 and 2012. He has also served as GroupM’s CEO for Europe from 2005 to 2008, and earlier to which he held CEO roles with Mindshare in the UK and in Asia Pacific. Clark began his WPP career at J. Walter Thompson New York in 1988.
“Clark has broad experience in North America, Asia and Europe and is focused intensely on delivering advantage to clients. I am looking forward to working with him to build on our momentum. Proctor helped make Mindshare and GroupM the successful global businesses they are today. It has been a great pleasure to work side by side with Dominic over many years and we all wish him the very best,” said Irwin Gotlieb GroupM’s global chairman.
Clark said: “GroupM is in a great position to help our clients win in an incredibly competitive marketplace. Our investments in data, technology and most importantly, our talented people will help us achieve that ambition. It will require a lot of change and a united focus, so I can’t wait to get started with Irwin and our leadership team.”