Group M Creates Global COO Role

Rupert Day Reports to CEO Irwin Gotlieb

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Group M, WPP Group's parent unit of four media networks, has promoted Rupert Day to global chief operating officer, reporting to Group M CEO Irwin Gotlieb.
Rupert Day
Rupert Day

"Rupert has been the de facto COO of Group M for quite some time now while also carrying the heavy responsibilities of chief financial officer, but it's simply too much of a load for one person," Mr. Gotlieb said in a statement. "This move recognizes the great work he's been doing for us as well as the need for a deeper management structure at Group M."

Mr. Day's duties will be strategic, administrative and operational, all involving Group M operating agencies. He'll also work with WPP to explore and develop new business opportunities, acquisitions and joint ventures worldwide.

The position, based in New York, is a new one at Group M, which houses MindShare, Mediaedge:cia, MediaCom and Maxus. Mr. Day has been chief financial officer for Group M since 2003 and prior to that worked in numerous WPP subsidiary companies. He was, for instance, one of a core group of executives who launched MindShare globally.
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