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[April 08, 2014]

Publicis Groupe Continues to Expand Its Presence in South Africa with Acquisition of OwenKessel

(Thomson Reuters ONE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) PUBLICIS GROUPE CONTINUES TO EXPAND ITS PRESENCE IN SOUTH AFRICA WITH ACQUISTION OF OWENKESSEL Publicis Groupe [Euronext Paris: FR0000130577] announced today the acquisition of leading South African creative agency, OwenKessel.


Founded in 2008 by Felix Kessel and Vaughan Owen, OwenKessel is based in Johannesburg with offices in Capetown. The agency employs 80 professionals and services an array of blue-chip clients such as, Amstel Lager and Tanqueray Gin (brandhouse), TOTAL, DStv (South Africa's leading Satellite TV network), Zodiac, Aspen pharmacare and also the Diageo Reserve Brands portfolio across sub-Saharan Africa.

The agency offers a full range of communications services, including consulting, creative, online marketing, social media and branded content. In 2013, OwenKessel was counted amongst the country's top creative agencies at Cannes Lions, D&AD, London International Awards and locally at the Loeries, was a finalist at the South African "Agency of the year" awards and won the 2013 Heineken global marketing award for the brand.

The agency will be merged with the multi-door Publicis Groupe Africa network.

CEO Felix Kessel will continue his current role in the new entity and report to Kevin Tromp, CEO of Sub-Saharan Africa for Publicis Worldwide.

Arthur Sadoun, CEO of Publicis Worldwide said "South Africa is a key market with a large potential for growth. We have embarked on a very exciting journey in South Africa to bring the best capabilities and talents to our clients. With OwenKessel, we are adding great creative firepower that will ultimately benefit our local and international clients." Felix Kessel, CEO of OwenKessel, added, "It's not often that you find two groups of people who actually share the same vision and objectives. The opportunity to drive this new agency to new creative heights is incredibly exciting to all of us. We are also looking forward to becoming part of Publicis Worldwide and play a significant role beyond South Africa." This acquisition follows that of Lighthouse Digital in February 2014, AML in January 2014 and Synergize in December 2013, evidencing Publicis Groupe's strong commitment to continued expansion across Africa. According to ZenithOptimedia, South Africa is the eighth fastest growing advertising market in the world between 2013 and 2016.

About Publicis Groupe Publicis Groupe [Euronext Paris FR0000130577, CAC 40] is one of the world's leading communications groups. The Groupe offers a full range of services and skills: digital (DigitasLBi, Razorfish, Rosetta, VivaKi), advertising (BBH, Leo Burnett, Publicis Worldwide, Saatchi & Saatchi), public affairs, corporate communications and events (MSLGROUP), media strategy, planning and buying (Starcom MediaVest Group and ZenithOptimedia), healthcare communications, with Publicis Healthcare Communications Group (PHCG), and finally, brand asset production with Prodigious. Present in 108 countries, the Groupe employs 62,000 professionals.

www.publicisgroupe.com | Twitter: @PublicisGroupe | Facebook: www.facebook.com/publicisgroupe | LinkedIn: Publicis Groupe | http://www.youtube.com/user/PublicisGroupe | Viva la Difference ! About Publicis Worldwide Present in over 80 countries with 11,000 employees, Publicis Worldwide's counts amongst some of its major clients Axa, BNP Paribas, Carrefour, Cartier, Citi, Coca-Cola, Haier, Hilton Honors, HP, l'Oréal, LG, Luxottica, Nestlé, Orange, P&G, Paypal, Pernod Ricard, RATP, Renault, Sanofi, Seb, Siemens, Telefonica, Total, and UBS.

Publicis Groupe Peggy Nahmany   Corporate Communications    + 33 (0)1 44 43 72 83 Martine Hue   Investor Relations    + 33 (0)1 44 43 65 00 Stéphanie Constand   Investor Relations    + 33 (0)1 44 43 74 44 Publicis Worldwide Loris Nold   CEO- APAC & Africa   loris.nold@publicisgroupe.com This announcement is distributed by GlobeNewswire on behalf of GlobeNewswire clients. The owner of this announcement warrants that: (i) the releases contained herein are protected by copyright and other applicable laws; and (ii) they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.

Source: Publicis Groupe via GlobeNewswire [HUG#1775333]

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