Omnicom has announced that Serge Dumont, who holds the titles of vice chairman of Omnicom Group, and chairman of Omnicom Asia Pacific, is leaving the company.
Dumont joined Omnicom in 2006 as senior vice president and president of Asia Pacific. He was later appointed to his current position in June 2011.
In a release, Dumont said he was planning to increase his focus on philanthropic and investment activities. “I am leaving Omnicom after a full 12-year cycle, knowing that the firm is in a much better position to compete and win in Asia and with Asian clients globally," Dumont said. "With its ability to service all marketing communications sectors, the leadership team is positioned to take on the challenges of an increasingly Asia-centric world. I can now focus on my core interest of impactful philanthropy and investment.”
Dumont has been a key figure in the Chinese public relations industry, well known for strategic communications and work around Chinese global expansion and M&A activities.
“During his tenure, Omnicom experienced a period of significant growth in the Asia-Pacific region. In particular, his deep knowledge of China has contributed to our success there," said Omnicom Group Chairman and CEO John Wren in making the announcement. Through his expertise, he has made a major contribution to building our agencies’ capabilities and reach.”
Dumont's philanthropic activities have included public health and education initiatives, including being a United Nations Special Representative for UNAIDS. On his departure, Dumont thanked Omnicom for its training and education initiatives in Asia and said he has been privileged to be involved with Omnicom’s diversity and inclusion initiatives such as Omniwomen and Open Pride.
“We thank Serge for his contributions to laying out a solid foundation on which we will build our next phase of growth and wish him well in his future endeavors,” Wren concluded.