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News Company News - Leadership Announcements2021-09-08

Essence welcomes Richard Hartell as new Global Chief Client Officer for Google

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Essence is thrilled to announce Richard Hartell has joined the agency as the new Global Chief Client Officer, overseeing the agency’s long-standing relationship with Google. He comes to Essence most recently serving as Chief Strategy Officer and Global President of Strategy & Transformation at Publicis Media. A proven integrator across disciplines and putting client’s growth at the heart of communications, media and digital experiences, Richard’s deep experience in media strategy makes him uniquely suited to lead Essence’s groundbreaking work with our Google partner.

"Richard has a long track record in our industry," said Essence Global CEO Kyoko Matsushita. "Google is a longtime partner of ours and we’re excited to have Richard lead this relationship with his innovative thinking. He understands our data-driven approach to marketing and will help Essence continue to lead the industry by delivering better media experiences."

"To lead digital media for a company like Google, at such a progressive agency as Essence, within the world's largest and most creative holding company, was an opportunity too exciting to pass up," said Hartell. "This account should be the home for the best talent in the business and lead the way on how modern marketing can make brands work better for everyone."

Richard has 20 years' experience in media agencies across two continents in a range of roles, from strategy to client leadership and general management across multiple clients and categories. He has led major new business wins and led teams across strategy, planning, content, research, and data; developed global agency products and approaches; won numerous industry awards and helped create profitable growth in every role he has had. Throughout his career he has worked with a range of clients including  Samsung, Mondelez, Blackberry, Heineken, Honda and Citi. 

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