UK – Kantar has appointed CFO Ian Griffiths as the newly created Vice Chairman of the Board. A successor to Eric Salama has yet to be hired.
Griffiths (pictured), Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at ITV, and joined Kantar earlier this year after the company was partially sold to Bain Capital, a private equity firm.
Griffiths will continue to serve as CFO, but his responsibilities will be expanded to include leading the executive committee in the day-to-day operations of Kantar until a new CEO is appointed.
The company said it created the role to ensure "continuity of leadership."
At the end of 2019, after WPP's sale of Kantar was completed, Eric Salama, longtime managing director of the company, announced his intention to step down after a successor was appointed. In February he left the role with immediate effect and was put on garden vacation until the end of June.
Following his resignation as chief executive, Salama should initially hold a position as non-executive director, but in a statement published on Twitter on Sunday (28)th June), he said he was no longer on the board.
Salama wrote: "June 30th will be my last official day with Kantar in any form and I will take a clean break from the business I have had in the past 18 years."
Salama has assumed the position of Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Comic Relief with effect from 1st July.
A permanent successor to Salama has yet to be appointed, and Kantar has no set timeframe for this.
Adam Crozier, former CEO of ITV, was appointed non-executive chairman of Kantar in February.
Crozier said: "The past few months have emphasized the importance of strong leadership and continuity for any company. The new role of deputy CEO will strengthen Kantar’s operational capabilities in the short term as we manage our own recovery from the economic crisis and in the long term. Term like us implement our transformation agenda.
"As we found when Ian joined the company in January, he has a wealth of experience, including similar roles at ITV and Emap, and an excellent track record of delivering transformations and strong returns, so it's a natural addition for this extension. " Leadership responsibility. "
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