PARIS— Lou Capozzi will step down as chairman of the Public Relations & Corporate Communications unit of Publicis Groupe at the end of this year, continuing as chairman emeritus in 2007. Capozzi has been chairman of the PRCC group—parent to both Manning Selvage & Lee and Publicis Consultants, since its founding in April 2005. Prior to that, he was chairman and chief executive of Manning Selvage & Lee.
In his new role, Capozzi will remain a member of the PRCC executive committee, providing strategic advice and counsel. He will also remain active with key clients, and continue representing Publicis Groupe in the public relations industry—including his role as president of International Communications Consultancy Organization in 2007.
Says Maurice Levy, CEO of Publicis Groupe: “Throughout his career, Lou has been a passionate advocate for the value and importance of public relations. This passion helped drive the formation of PRCC and has contributed greatly to its success. He has been a leader in the industry, a teacher and mentor to his teams and a vital counselor to our clients.”
Capozzi joined MS&L in 1990 as director of creative and strategic development, became executive vice president in 1995 and assumed the role of chairman and CEO in 1997. Under his leadership, the firm tripled in size over a five-year period. Earlier, Capozzi held senior-level positions at Ayer Public Relations and Ketchum and was vice President of corporate communications for Aetna Life & Casualty.
“During my career I’ve seen the public relations industry transform, rise in stature and become recognized as integral component in business management,” says Capozzi. “The Groupe’s support of PRCC firms was a great asset to me during my time as chairman and creates the ideal framework for PRCC businesses to continue their growth and success.”