Starcom names Nadine Young as CEO

Campaign 10 Sep 2020 03:07

Starcom has promoted managing director Nadine Young to become UK chief executive of the Publicis Groupe media agency.

She replaces Mark Howley, who had been running Starcom since 2018 in a dual role. Howley will now solely focus on being chief operating officer of Publicis Media UK, the umbrella group for agencies including Starcom, Zenith, Digitas, Spark Foundry and Performics.

Young had been seen as a frontrunner to succeed Howley, having been appointed managing director of the agency in 2019 in tandem with her existing role as managing director of PG One, Publicis Media’s specialist media buying division for Procter & Gamble, which she has led since 2016. 

She reports to Sue Frogley, chief executive of Publicis Media UK, and has been handed the task of leading the 400-person agency with an immediate focus to “build momentum and deliver meaningful growth for clients”. 

Frogley said: “Nadine has been a key part of our succession plans and I am thrilled to be able to promote her to CEO of Starcom. She has more than proven her brilliance in running the agency as MD, so this is testament to her dedication to our clients and our people alike.”

Richard Friar, who has joined from MediaCom, where he was managing partner – head of planning, has succeeded Young as managing director.

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