NEW YORK, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC)
today announced the appointment of Michael Birkin as President and Chief
Executive Officer of Omnicom Asia-Pacific, effective April 1, 2005. Mr.
Birkin will also hold the title of Vice-Chairman, Omnicom Group.
Mr. Birkin's position is new to Omnicom and reflects the increasing
activity in the rapidly growing Asian markets. Through its advertising
networks, BBDO, DDB and TBWA, the Omnicom Media Group and its Diversified
Agency Services network (DAS), Omnicom already serves many multinational
clients throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The appointment of Mr. Birkin is
to ensure that Omnicom is developing and aligning its capabilities in the
Asia-Pacific region to serve its clients' fast changing advertising and
marketing services needs.
In making the announcement, Omnicom Group President and CEO John Wren
said, "Given the growing portfolio of Omnicom companies in the Asia-Pacific
region, we feel it's time for a senior representative of the holding company
to be based in Asia and to further expand our services to meet the
expectations and requirements of our major clients. With Michael's
international perspective and senior operating experience, we feel very
confident that he is exactly the right person to take on this key strategic
Since 1999, Mr. Birkin, 46, has served as Worldwide President of DAS,
Omnicom's largest network. Prior to holding this position, Mr. Birkin served
as DAS International President from 1997 to 1999 and European Managing
Director from 1995 to 1997. From 1987 to 1995, he was the CEO of Interbrand,
the world's leading brand consultancy agency, which was acquired by DAS in
"I'm delighted to have the opportunity to lead Omnicom in the Asia-Pacific
region," said Mr. Birkin. "We are experiencing enormous growth in the demand
for our services in the region, and I look forward to working with our
agencies and networks there to broaden and deepen the scope of our work."
Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE-OMC) (http://www.omnicomgroup.com) is a leading global advertising, marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom's
branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic
media planning and buying, direct and promotional marketing, public relations
and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than
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