Clare Donald appointed new Chief Production Officer at Publicis Groupe UK

Business, Creativity, People

Publicis Groupe UK has hired Clare Donald, as its Chief Production officer. With 25+ years’ experience in production and film, Donald will lead both Prodigious and Publicis Groupe UK’s cross-discipline production offering to further drive the Publicis Power of One country model.

The Heads of Production of individual Publicis Groupe UK agencies – including Saatchi & Saatchi, Leo Burnett and Publicis.Poke – will have a reporting line to Donald as well as to their respective agency creative leads.

In her new role, Donald will oversee production and delivery of best-in-class marketing for all UK clients. She will work closely with Ben Mooge, CCO of Publicis Groupe UK, to raise the level of craft and creativity across Publicis Groupe UK agencies.

Donald joins from Unreasonable Studios where she was Global Managing Director. In this role, she ran full service studio offerings across 7 offices in 6 countries worldwide, developing cross-company collaboration to enhance both craft and efficiency.

Prior to Unreasonable Studios Donald joined Ogilvy London in 2016 as its Chief Production Officer, where she worked closely with Annette King and her leadership team, helping drive the agency to the top of the new business rankings and become shortlisted for Agency of the Year.

Before joining Ogilvy, Donald led the multi-award winning Google Creative Lab EMEA for 3.5 years as Head of Operations, managing a talented team of producers, coders, creatives and designers.

Donald has also worked at agencies (including Havas Worldwide, Mother and JWT), in production companies (including Stink, Gorgeous and Partizan), and in feature film production.

This year, she was appointed Co-Chair of the British Arrows as recognition of her breadth of expertise within the Production industry.

Annette King, Publicis Groupe UK CEO, said:

We understand the unique and varied challenges facing our clients and having Clare join us reflects the importance of production as a multi-discipline capability for our clients. I’m delighted to be working with Clare again and know that she will bring an impressive heritage of finding new paths to growth through our connected and agile operating model.

Commenting in her new role Clare Donald, added:

As deliverables and platforms multiply, the role of production is ever more critical to success for any client. I am excited about taking my production company, agency and client experience to create a truly future facing solution.

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