Publicis Groupe's chief creative officer Nick Law is leaving his post at the holding company after just 18 months. He's set to join Apple for what he's called a "once in a lifetime" opportunity.
The move was confirmed by Publicis' chairman and chief executive Arthur Sadoun in a memo sent to staff. Nick also confirmed the news in his own message.
"This was a very hard decision for me," he said. "Not only have I enjoyed my time at Publicis, I’ve been energized by the ambition and relentless transformation of the Groupe. Publicis has the right plan, right model and the right people to solve the big challenges clients are facing. I wish I could continue to be a part of the journey – but the once in a lifetime opportunity to work with a brand I’ve admired my whole life was too good to ignore."
Nick, who spent 17 years at IPG's R/GA prior to joining Publicis, was brought into the holiding company as what Arthur saw as "a game-changer in our journey to lead the change in our industry". In his memo, Arthur described Nick's departure as "bittersweet". See both his and and Nick's memos below.
It's not yet known the role that Nick will hold at Apple.
I wanted to share with you all some bittersweet news, which many of you have probably already heard.
In September, Nick Law will leaving the Groupe to join Apple.
It’s ‘sweet’ news, because of course you only ever want what is best for your friends, and Nick sees this as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” for him.
But of course, we would have loved to have Nick with us forever.
Since Nick’s arrival, we have accomplished a lot. We have considerably strengthened our creative and strategic bench. We have considerably strengthened our creative bench and our global creative brands, Saatchi & Saatchi, Publicis, Leo Burnett, BBH and Marcel. Thanks to our incredible leaders, at the global and local level like Kate, Bruno, Andy, Pelle, Anne, Marco, Taras, Britt, Chaka and Jason to name just a few, we’ve established strong centers of creative excellence across the world.
I want to take this moment to thank Nick for all of that, and just as importantly, for bringing to the entire management team and the Groupe creative community a vision and an ambition for modern creativity.
We will make sure that this vision continues to be at the core of the Groupe. That is why with the appointment of Liz Taylor, (CCO Leo Burnett and CCO Publicis Communications NA) and John Maeda (Chief Experience Officer Publicis Sapient), and Ben Mooge (Chief Creative Officer, Publicis Groupe UK) we continue to build a creative collective, based on the belief that the future of creativity needs a broad spectrum of thinkers and makers to deliver the kind of groundbreaking ideas and products that our clients deserve. Together with our creative leaders around the world, they will be responsible for spearheading the world’s best storytelling, experiences and innovation.
Voilà, I’m sure you will join me in wishing Nick the best on his new journey.
Merci Nick et bon vent!
As you just heard from Arthur, I’m leaving the agency world to join Apple,
This was a very hard decision for me. Not only have I enjoyed my time at Publicis, I’ve been energized by the ambition and relentless transformation of the Groupe. Publicis has the right plan, right model and the right people to solve the big challenges clients are facing. I wish I could continue to be a part of the journey – but the once in a lifetime opportunity to work with a brand I’ve admired my whole life was too good to ignore.
I hope our world-class creative community has benefited from my time at Publicis. I’ll spend the next few months meeting with many of you, helping in any way I can - but confident of your future success. I’ve no doubt I’ll maintain the countless deep relationships I’ve developed at the Groupe.