Foster Kenny takes up newly created global role at IPG Mediabrands

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by Charlie Spargo

The current Executive Chairman and CEO of Mediabrands UK&I, Caroline Foster Kenny, will take up a newly created role on IPG Mediabrands' global leadership team, that of Global President, Client Solutions.

She will continue her role at the helm of Mediabrands UK&I, adding to her remit the responsibility to lead the strategic development of new and innovative integrated solutions for clients, built around new models of data. The client head role was created by IPG Mediabrands CEO, Daryl Lee.

Lee has also created a new role for Andrea Suarez, who has been appointed Global President for Nestlé THRIVE – the custom unit IPG Mediabands has created for Nestlé.

Of the appointments, Daryl Lee said: “Never has client partnership been more important in the media business than today, as we build next generation marketing capabilities together.  Both Caroline and Andrea have delivered outstanding business results as leaders in our EMEA and LATAM regions, due to an unwavering commitment to clients and a clear focus on being strategic business partners to them. I’m proud to welcome these two new global presidents to the team and excited about what we can achieve together for our clients on a global scale.”

Foster Kenny said: “Our clients’ needs are changing faster than ever. To be an effective, trusted partner, we must continue to evolve, providing strategic, integrated and data-enhanced solutions that will help fuel their business growth.  We have an incredibly flexible and agile operating model that enables us to create new and innovative ways of working, so I’m extremely excited about this role and the opportunities we’re able to create for our clients together.”

Andrea Suarez said: “Over the past two years, the momentum we have achieved with Nestlé is incredible. I’m looking forward to developing our partnership further by bringing global consistency and alignment across the best of our capabilities and get to the very heart of what makes Nestlé - and its audiences - tick.”

Christian Johansen has been made CEO for the EMEA region, and Sergio Kessissian will be CEO for the LATAM region.