Omnicom Media Group, UK announces today the appointment of Mark Mitchell as Head of Search. This appointment reflects the increasing contribution being made by the teams of search specialists across the Group operating companies OMD UK, Manning Gottlieb OMD, M2M, PHD, PHD North and Rocket.

Mark moves from his role as Head of Search at OMD UK Group, a role he has held for over two years and where he has helped to build one of the largest search offerings within the UK. Mark led the teams that brought in the PPC business from Shop Direct Group (Littlewoods, Very, Isme), a top 5 search client within Google, and the international SEO contract from EuropCar Group (Alamo Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental) which was won in a hotly contested pitch earlier this year. This is the first SEO only client within the Group and adds to the 30+ SEO clients managed across Omnicom Media Group companies.

Prior to joining OMD, Mark spent six years at The Search Works where he held a number of roles from Head of Strategy to Interim Head of Operations.

Mark will take charge of growing Omnicom Media Group’s search offering which accounts for over £60m in billings and has a team of 85 specialists working across the Group companies.

He will report to Philippa Brown, CEO, Omnicom Media Group, UK.

Philippa says: “Mark is a brilliant search expert and has a proven track record of delivery and best practice. I’m looking forward to him applying his skills and experience across the Group to help drive our already flourishing Search business to even greater success.”

Mark says: “I’m very excited to take on this new role. For me, I want our teams across the Omnicom Media Group to deliver beyond best-in-class search, provide full clarity in SEO and create true end to end solutions in areas of content optimisation. To win search only clients within our business is a real statement to the market of our standalone credentials in this specialism and we will continue to challenge ourselves to create an even better, integrated service for our clients.”

For more information contact:
Philippa Brown, CEO, Omnicom Media Group, UK on 020 3037 7021 or email philippa.brown@omnicommediagroup.com

Note to Editors:
• Omnicom Media Group (OMG) is the media division of Omnicom Group Inc. Its businesses include leading media service companies OMD Worldwide, PHD Network and M2M, as well as a number of specialised companies in areas including search engine marketing, sports and entertainment marketing, econometric modelling, branded content production, corporate asset barter and ethnic marketing.

• Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) is a leading global marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom's branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, media, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries.

Published on: 2:33PM on 16th May 2011