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INTERPUBLIC GROUP OF COMPANIES, INC. filed this Form 8-K on 06/30/2017
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Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): June 30, 2017



The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)




Delaware   1-6686   13-1024020

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)


(Commission File



(IRS Employer

Identification No.)


909 Third Avenue, New York, New York   10022
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: 212-704-1200

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)



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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

(d) On June 30, 2017, The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. (the “Company”) appointed E. Lee Wyatt Jr., as an independent member of the Company’s Board of Directors, effective July 1, 2017. Mr. Wyatt has also been appointed to each of the Company’s Audit and Corporate Governance committees. With the appointment of Mr. Wyatt, the Company’s Board consists of ten directors.

Mr. Wyatt’s compensation for his service as a director will be consistent with that of the Company’s other non-management directors, as described in the Company’s proxy statement, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 13, 2017, under “Non-Management Director Compensation.”

A copy of the Company’s press release relating to this director appointment is being furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K. Exhibit 99.1 shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the Exchange Act) or otherwise subject to the liabilities under that Section and shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference into any filing of the Registrant under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Exchange Act.


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

The following exhibit is furnished as part of this Current Report on Form 8-K:

(d) Exhibits 99.1 Press release of the Registrant, dated June 30, 2017.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.



Date: June 30, 2017


/s/ Andrew Bonzani





Andrew Bonzani

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary


Exhibit 99.1




E. Lee Wyatt Jr. Joins Interpublic Board of Directors

New York, NY – June 30, 2017 – The Board of Directors of Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG) today announced the appointment of E. Lee Wyatt Jr., as an independent director of IPG, effective July 1, 2017. Mr. Wyatt is the current Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Fortune Brands Home & Security, having served in that role since 2011. As previously announced by Fortune Brands, Mr. Wyatt will step down as CFO on July 1, 2017 and will serve as an Executive Vice President at Fortune Brands until his retirement from the company at the end of the year.

Mr. Wyatt’s appointment expands IPG’s Board to ten directors, nine of whom are independent. Mr. Wyatt will serve on the Audit and Corporate Governance committees.

“Lee is an accomplished business leader with deep financial expertise, having served as Chief Financial Officer of several publicly traded companies for many years,” said Michael Roth, Chairman and CEO of IPG. “As a well-respected leader, Lee has overseen complex businesses at major global marketers and we’re confident he will add great value to both our Board and IPG,” Mr. Roth concluded.

In addition to his role as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Fortune Brands, Mr. Wyatt served in various leadership roles throughout his career, including as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Hanesbrands Inc. (formerly, Sara Lee Branded Apparel) from 2005 to 2011, and prior to that role, as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Sonic Automotive Inc. from 2003 to 2005.

About Interpublic

Interpublic is one of the world’s leading organizations of advertising agencies and marketing services companies. Major global brands include Craft, FCB (Foote, Cone & Belding), FutureBrand, Golin, Huge, Initiative, Jack Morton Worldwide, MAGNA, McCann, Momentum, MRM//McCann, MullenLowe Group, Octagon, R/GA, UM and Weber Shandwick. Other leading brands include Avrett Free Ginsberg, Campbell Ewald, Carmichael Lynch, Deutsch, Hill Holliday, ID Media and The Martin Agency. For more information, please visit www.interpublic.com.

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Contact Information

Tom Cunningham


(212) 704-1326

Jerry Leshne

(Analysts, Investors)

(212) 704-1439


Interpublic Group    909 Third Avenue    New York, NY 10022    212-704-1200 tel    212-704-1201 fax