OMD UK Group announces today the appointment of Martin McDonald as Head of SEO. This follows the promotion of Mark Mitchell to Head of Search at Omnicom Media Group, UK.

Martin joins from Seatwave, the fan to fan ticket exchange, where he headed up SEO, PPC and social media across Europe. He also founded seoforums.org, one of the most visited SEO sites in the UK with over 10,000 members. He is a regular speaker on the SEO conference circuit and will be speaking at SMX Advanced in London in May and MozCon in Seattle in July.

Martin will take charge of the SEO offering across OMD UK and Manning Gottlieb OMD which has seen phenomenal growth over the last two years winning, most recently, EuropCar Group and Remington Group respectively.

He will report to Mark Mitchell, Head of Search, Omnicom Media Group, UK.

Mark says: “Martin has a fantastic reputation in the SEO community and his knowledge and technical expertise are second to none. Our clients, which include some of the largest multinationals worldwide, will reap the benefit of Martin’s experience as he leads our growing SEO team in OMD.”

Martin says: “Working with the teams at OMD and Manning Gottlieb OMD is certainly an exciting prospect. The existing SEO offering is world class and I look forward to driving continued growth for the business. The challenges that are brought about by having large multinational clients are very specific, but I am confident that we will continue to provide the most respected centre of excellence for large scale organic search marketing.”

For more information contact:
Mark Mitchell, Head of Search, Omnicom Media Group, UK on 020 3037 8412 / 07584 682905 or email mark.mitchell@omnicommediagroup.com

Note to Editors:

• OMD UK Group comprises OMD UK, Manning Gottlieb OMD and OMD International. Part of OMD Worldwide, a global network operating in 140 offices in over 80 countries, OMD has been named ‘Most Creative Agency in the World’ by the Gunn Report for Media for an unprecedented five years running. OMD Worldwide is a unit of Omnicom Media Group, the media services division of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC).

• 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: 2:34PM on 16th May 2011