- NEW YORK
Nick Law, Publicis Groupe chief creative officer and president of Publicis Communications, will be leaving that dual role he’s held for the past year and half to take a post at Apple in September. The move was confirmed by Law and Arthur Sadoun, chairman and CEO of Publicis Groupe, in internal staff memos.
Law wrote, “This was a very hard decision for me. Not only have I enjoyed my time at Publicis, I’ve been energized by the ambition and relentless transformation of the Groupe. Publicis has the right plan, right model and the right people to solve the big challenges clients are facing. I wish I could continue to be a part of the journey--but the once in a lifetime opportunity to work with a brand I’ve admired my whole life was too good to ignore.
“I hope our world-class creative community has benefited from my time at Publicis. I’ll spend the next few months meeting with many of you, helping in any way I can--but confident of your future success. I’ve no doubt I’ll maintain the countless deep relationships I’ve developed at the Groupe.
“I’d like to thank,” concluded Law, “the amazing executive team for your support, the peerless talent for your inspiration, and our fearless leader, Arthur, for his trust.”
In his memo, Sadoun related, “Since Nick’s arrival, we have accomplished a lot. We have considerably strengthened our creative and strategic bench. We have considerably strengthened our creative bench and our global creative brands, Saatchi & Saatchi, Publicis, Leo Burnett, BBH and Marcel.”
Sadoun thanked Law for “all of that, and just as importantly, for bringing to the entire management team and the Groupe creative community a vision and an ambition for modern creativity.
“We will make sure that this vision continues to be at the core of the Groupe,” affirmed Sadoun. “That is why with the appointment of Liz Taylor, (CCO Leo Burnett and CCO Publicis Communications NA) and John Maeda (chief experience officer, Publicis Sapient), and Ben Mooge (chief creative officer, Publicis Groupe UK) we continue to build a creative collective, based on the belief that the future of creativity needs a broad spectrum of thinkers and makers to deliver the kind of groundbreaking ideas and products that our clients deserve. Together with our creative leaders around the world, they will be responsible for spearheading the world’s best storytelling, experiences and innovation.”
Law joined Publicis in May 2018 after a lengthy tenure at R/GA, last serving as its VP and global chief creative officer.