Publicis Groupe: Press release 11/28/12

  Publicis Groupe: Press release 11/28/12

Business Wire

PARIS -- November 28, 2012

Regulatory News:

The Supervisory Board of Publicis Groupe [EURONEXT Paris: FR0000130577]
chaired by Elisabeth Badinter met on November 27, 2012. The Board examined the
Groupe's third quarter numbers (revenues were already published) as well as
October financial statements and found them satisfactory. The Board noted the
work underway for the closing of the year 2012, and that the 2013 budget was
still a work in progress.

The Supervisory Board also decided to submit to the Extraordinary General
Assembly of shareholders, which will take place in the first half of 2013, a
proposal to modify the bylaws, in order to reduce the duration of the mandates
of members of the Supervisory Board to four years. Shareholders will
additionally be consulted regarding the remuneration of the principal
directors, as previously done, to everyone's satisfaction, regarding the
deferred compensation of the CEO and Chair of the Management Board. The
Groupe's dividend policy will evolve progressively in order to gradually raise
over the coming years the pay-out ratio to a level closer to the industry
average of roughly 35%, with due regard to investment programs and the
economic and social situation.

Finally, the Board wished to express its unanimous and enthusiastic thanks to
Jack Klues, who has decided to end his service to the Groupe at the end of
2012, placing his mandates as a member of the Management Board and Chief
Executive Officer of VivaKi at the disposal of the Supervisory Board. The
Board accepted with regret his request to retire, and thanked him for his
strong commitment and contribution to the Groupe's success. Elisabeth Badinter
spoke warmly of Mr. Klues' personal and professional qualities and his
unsparing efforts to make the media and digital transformation of Publicis
Groupe a complete success.

Mr. Klues' departure from the Management Board will take effect on December
31, 2012. However, at the request of Maurice Lévy, Mr. Klues will remain
within the Groupe for the first half of 2013 in order to help the transition
of the re-organization of VivaKi and position it as a business unit open to
the market, as was announced in early November.

"Jack has been a driving force ever since he joined our Groupe, and we’re all
familiar with his success," said Maurice Lévy, Chairman and CEO of Publicis
Groupe. "I've been able to build a relationship of trust and friendship with
Jack, and together we have worked closely to develop VivaKi. Thanks to Jack's
vision of our profession and his tireless work, Publicis Groupe's media
offering and digital production have risen to the highest ranks in the world.
For 35 consecutive years, he has met multiple challenges and contributed to
many successes — first with Leo Burnett, then with Bcom3 and within Publicis
Groupe — and I am grateful to Jack for his contribution to the transformation
of our Groupe. I'd like to extend to him my warmest thanks. He's leaving us an
operation that is extremely well-organized, with effective tools and very
talented management teams."

About Publicis Groupe

Publicis Groupe [Euronext Paris FR0000130577, part of the CAC 40 index] is the
third largest communications group in the world, offering the full range of
services and skills: digital (Digitas, Razorfish, Rosetta, VivaKi),
traditional advertising (BBH, Leo Burnett, Publicis Worldwide, Saatchi &
Saatchi), public affairs and events (MSLGROUP), media buying (Starcom
MediaVest Group and ZenithOptimedia) and specialized communication with PHCG
(Publicis Healthcare Communications Group). Present in 104 countries, the
Groupe employs 56,000 professionals.

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Contact:

Publicis Groupe
Peggy Nahmany, + 33 (0)1 44 43 72 83
Corporate Communication
or
Martine Hue, + 33 (0)1 44 43 65 00
Investor Relations
or
Stéphanie Atellian, + 33 (0)1 44 43 74 44
Investor Relations
 
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