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Laura Desmond


Laura Desmond was named to the Board of Directors in 2017 and brings experience from a nearly 30-year career in marketing and media in a variety of senior leadership roles. In her last position, as Chief Revenue Officer of Publicis Groupe, she helped lead one of the largest marketing and communication companies in the world, with more than 77,000 employees in over 100 countries. Prior to that role, Ms. Desmond became one of the youngest CEOs to lead a global marketing services company when she was named to that role for Starcom MediaVest Group in 2008. In addition to overseeing a staff of over 6,000 members in more than 100 offices, she more than doubled the size of the Starcom MediaVest Group network while partnering on the marketing and communication strategies for a number of leading global brands. Previously, she served as CEO, Starcom MediaVest Group, Americas; CEO, MediaVest; and CEO, Starcom MediaVest Group, Latin America. Ms. Desmond started her career at advertising agency Leo Burnett. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Iowa.