LONDON, August 13 /CNW/ - Bob Meyers will take over as Global CEO of
Research International from Mark Cranmer who is leaving the business. Meyers
moves from being CEO of Millward Brown. He will be based in Chicago and will
take over his new role on 1st October with the transition from Mark to be
completed by the end of the year.
Commenting on the appointment, Eric Salama, CEO of Kantar (parent company
to both Millward Brown and Research International) said:
"Research International has changed for the better over the past 18
months and for that we are grateful to Mark. It is more client-centric, more
entrepreneurial and delivers more consistently to its clients. Now we are
going to accelerate the process of change.
Having a suite of compelling products which can be used by clients
globally, databases which clients can benchmark their performance against,
operational and process excellence, delivering insights in compelling and
engaging ways, helping clients translate great insights into sales are all
things which RI aspires to for all of its clients everywhere. Bob has
demonstrated his leadership skills and ability in all of these areas as he
steered Millward Brown to being one of the most successful companies in the
industry and has the added benefit of being based in the US where RI's
business and brand are not as strong as they deserve to be.
RI's heritage and skills are different to MB's. They will continue to
occupy different spaces in the marketplace, have different cultures, add value
to clients in different ways. But we want all of the Kantar businesses to
share certain characteristics - client-centric, value adding to clients,
operationally excellent, places where talent can thrive and be successful. And
with that in mind Bob is in a unique position to continue the good work which
Mark has started and to accelerate the changes which we have been making.
I'm delighted for us and for Bob and wish Mark every success in whatever
Bob Meyers said "I am delighted to become a part of one of the world's
great research brands and look forward to working with a superb team to the
benefit of RI clients."
Note to editors: On 12 April 2007, Kantar announced the appointment of
Eileen Campbell as the incoming CEO of Millward Brown. She will assume sole
charge of Millward Brown on 1 October.
Research International is the world leader in custom market research. We
partner with clients the world over, giving them the knowledge to make
decisions about businesses and brands, understand people and anticipate and
shape their future. Research International is an operating company of the
Kantar Group - the information, insight and consultancy division of WPP, one
of the world's leading marketing and communications services companies.
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decisions through a deeper understanding of their markets, their brands and
their customers. Kantar brings together a diverse group of outstanding
marketing insight and consulting companies - each an expert in their field who
can work together seamlessly to help clients address business issues in an
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Companies include: Added Value Group, AMRB, BMRB, BPRI, Cannondale
Associates, Center Partners, Glendinning Management Consultants, Henley Centre
HeadlightVision, IMRB, Japan Kantar Research, Kantar Operations, KMR Group,
Lightspeed Research, MVI, Mattson Jack Group, Millward Brown, Research
International, RMS and Ziment Group. The Group operates in 160 countries
across 60 markets worldwide.
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