MD Kim Douglas parts ways with Publicis Sapient after almost 9 years

Publicis Sapient VP managing director Kim Douglas (pictured) has parted ways with the agency after nearly nine years. Speaking to Marketing, a spokesperson said it was a "mutual agreement" and there are currently no plans to fill the role.

“We thank him for his leadership and service and above all wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours outside of the Groupe,” added the company in a statement. Marketing has reached out to Douglas for comment.

According to his LinkedIn, Douglas oversaw the agency's operations across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea in his role at the agency. He was helping clients with their digital transformation journeys through the agency's technological expertise in areas such as data and analytics, experience design, and artificial intelligence.

Douglas, who joined the Groupe in 2010 as the managing director of SapientNitro, was formerly the chief strategic officer at Mindshare for two years. Prior to that, he also held leadership positions at several major agencies such as Wunderman Thompson, Leo Burnett, and BBDO.

Publicis Sapient has seen many changes recently. In February, it unveiled a new global rebrand to focus on global digital business transformation opportunities, the ongoing delivery of “best-in-class” capabilities across strategy and consulting, experience, and engineering; as well as the attraction and development of industry talent.

Along with it, came a new "outside-in and holistic" approach to transformation that is different from the traditional ways that the consultancies have offered over the years. It looks to provide a unique view and approach of both the company and the customer for an end to end transformation across front stage, digital customer experience and back stage.

Additionally, it appointed Matt Gillings as its APAC marketing lead. He works closely with the leadership team, new business teams, and client leads to drive awareness of Publicis Sapient as a digital transformation partner within the Asia Pacific region. The move came after the agency elevated Nigel Vaz to helm the role of global CEO. He was previously CEO of Publicis Sapient International (EMEA and APAC).