NEW CEO NAMED FOR ZENITH OPTIMEDIA

Steve King to Replace Departing John Perriss

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Publicis Groupe named a successor to Zenith Optimedia Group CEO John Perriss, who is leaving the company.

Steve King, CEO of ZenithOptimedia for Europe,

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Middle East and Africa, will replace Mr. Perriss. Mr. King was a founder of Zenith Media, helping set up the company's U.S. operations.

In a statement released this morning, Publicis Groupe's chairman-CEO, Maurice Levy, said, "With his solid experience and strong commitment to the brand, Steve is the best candidate to lead one of our two powerful global media brands."

The French holding company's other media network is Starcom MediaVest Group.

Mr. King was chief operating officer of Zenith Media's U.S. operations in 1996. He was appointed to his current position in October 2001.

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