December 13, 2018 / 4:05 PM / a year ago

CORRECTED-WPP hires Publicis executive as chief marketing officer

(Corrects Ezekiel’s previous title and role)

LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - WPP said it had hired Laurent Ezekiel from its French rival Publicis to be its chief marketing and growth officer, tasked with helping new boss Mark Read steer the world’s biggest advertising group back to growth.

Ezekiel, who was co-president of Publicis agency Digitas, International, started his career at Saatchi & Saatchi, the London-based agency where WPP founder and former chief executive Martin Sorrell also started in advertising.

Reporting by Paul Sandle; editing by David Evans, Richard Balmforth

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