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Nick Byrd becomes Global Chief Financial Officer

17 March 2016

We're very pleased to share that our very own Nick Byrd was elevated to Global Chief Financial Officer. Nick previously served as Global Financial Director, a position he was promoted to less than one year after being hired as North America CFO in November 2013 .

Over the past two years, Byrd has successfully spearheaded the global reorganization of the Finance team, established key business principles and best practices, and played an integral role in shepherding the deal that led to WPP buying a majority stake in the agency at the end of 2015. Prior to Essence, Byrd spent eight years at Razorfish, moving from Director of Finance, to North America Director of Client Finance, and finally Vice President of US Client Finance at the time of his departure. In his new role, Byrd will now oversee the Finance, Information Technology and Facilities teams globally.

"Essence's combination of values, culture and technology is unique to the advertising marketplace," said Byrd. "With GroupM's support and scale, we can push the industry norm to drive remarkable results for our clients and our people. I'm excited to be a part of this transformational time and to keep challenging the industry with our approach."

"Nick has been instrumental in Essence’s steadfast growth,” said Christian Juhl, global CEO of Essence. “Now that we’re under the GroupM umbrella, there is an even higher demand for our continued expansion. The leadership of someone like Nick is fundamental to the ultimate success of our agency and I’m pleased he’s the one getting the job done."

Read more about Nick's promotion here.