Publicis Groupe: New Co-Investment Plan for 200 Key Executives
PARIS -- April 17, 2013
Publicis Groupe [Euronext Paris FR0000130577, CAC 40] has invited 200 key
executives, employees and corporate officers of the Groupe from across the
world to participate in a co-investment program, whose ambitious objective is
the continued outperformance of its main competitors.
This program is consistent with the decisions taken at the Shareholders’
Meeting of June 7, 2011, and is based on the personal investment of these key
executives in Publicis shares, reflecting the commitment of the Groupe’s key
executives. The shares are purchased on the market through a dedicated
company. This investment is coupled with a mechanism to promote retention and
Groupe performance based on two essential criteria: growth and margin.
The executive-investors will receive, subject to the fulfillment of a
three-year (France) or four-year (international) continued employment
condition in the Groupe, a grant of free shares, in accordance with the 22^nd
resolution adopted by the Shareholder’s Meeting of June 7, 2011. In addition,
subject not only to the continued employment condition but also a performance
condition based on a comparison of Publicis Groupe to its peers in terms of
organic growth and operating margin, the executive-investors may also benefit
from stock options, to purchase newly-issue shares, granted under the 24^th
resolution adopted by the Shareholders’ Meeting of June 1, 2010.
With regards to the Management Board, the free shares will only be granted
subject to the condition of performance of the Groupe, under the same
conditions as applicable to the granting of stock options. Pursuant to Maurice
Lévy’s decision to no longer benefit from performance shares or stock options,
he will not be participating in this plan.
“The Management Board and Supervisory Board wanted to continue the
co-investment program offered to the Groupe’s key executives after the
resounding success of the 2009 program. Given the increasing competitiveness
of talent in the global market, it is crucial for the Groupe’s executives to
be directly involved in the Groupe’s successes. Co-investment in the Groupe is
the expression of its executives’ strong commitment as it requires taking a
real risk with personal funds. Furthermore, it contributes to the Groupe’s
growth and profit objectives and to the pursuit of the Groupe’s development
strategy in digital technology and in emerging countries,” states Maurice
Lévy, Chairman and CEO of Publicis Groupe.
In 2009, a co-investment plan was subscribed to by 136 key executives of the
Groupe allowing them to subscribe to an investment program in Publicis shares.
This program, which was subject to a three or four-year continued employment
condition according to each country’s legislation, has been completed and has
proven to be successful with regards to talent retention and to the Groupe’s
performance. The Management Board and the Supervisory Board wanted to renew
this initiative that consolidates the key assets of our Groupe: motivation and
long-term talent investment within the Groupe.
About Publicis Groupe
Publicis Groupe [Euronext Paris FR0000130577, CAC 40] is one of the world’s
leading communications groups. We offer the full range of services and skills:
digital (DigitasLBi, Razorfish, Rosetta, VivaKi), creative services (BBH, Leo
Burnett, Publicis Worldwide, Saatchi & Saatchi), public affairs, corporate
communications and events (MSLGROUP), media strategy, planning and buying
(Starcom MediaVest Group and ZenithOptimedia) and healthcare communications,
with Publicis Healthcare Communications Group (PHCG). Present in 108
countries, the Groupe employs 58,000 professionals.
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