Fries is replacing Claudine Biename, who is retiring in 2007. Jean-Michel Etienne has been promoted to executive vice-president and chief financial officer. Etienne joined Publicis Groupe as its chief financial officer in September 2000 and was involved in the Saatchi & Saatchi and Bcom3 acquisitions. Finally, Jean-Yves Naori has been named executive vice-president of operations. He was previously executive vice-president. Naori joined in 1993 as a founding partner of Publicis Consultants, the strategic and corporate communication consultant.
Publicis Groupe has strengthened its management team with several appointments. Fabrice Fries joins as the general secretary.