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Maurice Lévy

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Published on Apr 21, 2010

Maurice Lévy is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Publicis Groupe, the third largest
advertising and communications organizations in the world. Under his stewardship, Publicis
Groupe has been transformed into a global powerhouse of top creative advertising and marketing
agencies and is today a pioneer in digital and online communications.
Mr. Lévy is widely recognized as one of the leading figures in the industry, having successfully
managed a program of sustained international expansion that today gives Publicis Groupes
multinational clients a complete range of advertising and communications services in 104
countries. Under Mr. Lévy, the Publicis Groupe family has grown to include three of the worlds top
advertising networks (Saatchi & Saatchi, Leo Burnett and Publicis), two leading global media
buying and consulting groups (Starcom MediaVest Group and ZenithOptimedia) and a host of
world-class marketing services companies. A major strategic link with Japans Dentsu was also
announced in 2002. In early 2007, Mr. Lévy engineered the friendly acquisition of Digitas, which
has made Publicis Groupe the leading force in digital advertising. In 2008, the Groupe launched
VivaKi to leverage the combined scale of the autonomous operations of Digitas, Starcom
MediaVest Group, Denuo and ZenithOptimedia to develop new services, tools, and next
generation digital platforms. In 2009, under Mr. Lévys leadership, Publicis Groupe bought
Microsoft Corp.s Razorfish online advertising and marketing agency to expand the Groups digital
position.
Maurice Lévy joined Publicis in 1971 and very quickly moved into the heart of the agencys
business---advertising and marketing services. Recognizing that top clients require a full range of
communications services, he began to build up a comprehensive group of both specialized and
general service agencies and subsidiaries in France and throughout Europe. Mr. Lévy took
personal responsibility for the international development of Publicis Conseil beginning in the
1980s, becoming Chairman in 1984. He was named Chairman and CEO of Publicis Groupe in
1987.
In early 2006, Maurice Lévy was asked by French Finance Minister Thierry Breton to co-chair the
Commission on Intangible Assets, which delivered its findings and recommendations in November
2006. In 2008, Maurice Lévy was invited by the United Nations Secretary General to assist the
U.N. in mounting a sustained advertising campaign about the dangers of global warming.
He is a member of the International Advisory Board of The Council on Foreign Relations in New
York and the World Economic Forum Foundation Board in Geneva. He has been a member of the
Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bank since June 2006. He is a member of the Board of the Musée
des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and was President of the Palais de Tokyo (most famous contemporary
arts center in Paris). He has been the Co-Chair of the French-American Business Council since
2002. He is a past President of the Jury of the Cannes Advertising Film Festival, and served on the
French Government Commission to Combat Drug Addiction as well as the Advisory Committee of
the Banque de France. In 2005, he co-founded ICM (Institute for Brain and Spinal Cords disorders)
and is personally involved in its development. In 2010, he has been elected President of the
French association, AFEP (French Association of Private Companies) that regroups the top French
listed companies.
Maurice Lévy holds the distinctions of Commandeur of the French Légion dHonneur and Grand
Officier of the Ordre National du Mérite. In 2004, he received the Scopus Award from the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem and in the same year the Benjamin Franklin Award from the French
American Foundation in New York, receiving the latter for the second time in June 09. Maurice
Lévy received the 2008 International Leadership Award from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for
his commitment to promoting tolerance and diversity. In 2008, he was named Communication
Man of the Year by the Delaney Report and the prestigious French awards show, Le Grand Prix
des Agences de LAnnée. And in 2009, Institutional Investor Magazine named him Europes Best
CEO in the media industry.
Born in 1942, Maurice Lévy is married and has three sons and six grandchildren. His interests
include modern and contemporary art, antiques, chess and skiing.

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