Kantar Media has given Andy Brown the role of Chief Executive Officer, replacing Jean-Michel Portier who retired earlier this year.
Since joining TGI as an Account Executive in 1989, Brown (pictured) has spent nearly 25 years working in various divisions of what is now Kantar Media. He managed TGI during its expansion internationally across Western Europe and Latin America and was a founder director of KMR Group, taking on responsibility for TGI and Software globally, before assuming the role of CEO of KMR in 2001.
Following the consolidation of Kantar and TNS's media operations to create Kantar Media, Brown became Chairman and supported Portier in a number of areas including digital development and global client accounts, as well as general management of associates such as IBOPE Media, TAM India and RSMB.
In his new role reporting to Kantar CEO Eric Salama, Brown takes overall charge of Kantar Media's portfolio of media and advertising measurement and analysis services. In addition, the senior management of Kantar Media's four divisions - Audiences, Ad Intelligence Media Intelligence and TGI - will all report to Brown.
Salama comments: 'I'm delighted that Andy is taking on this role. He has been a valued colleague for many years and knows where we need to evolve and where we need to revolutionise.'
Portier, who joined the group in 1987 after ten years at INSEE, served as Kantar Media CEO for nearly five years prior to his retirement. During his career with TNS, he held a number of senior roles including Global Head of TNS Media and of TNS Media Intelligence.
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