I would like to let you know that I will be stepping down as Group CEO with immediate effect. Alan Newman will take over as CEO on an interim basis. Alan joined Ebiquity in January 2019 having previously been CFO of YouGov, the data analytics and market research group. He is also a non-executive director of Future plc, the digital publisher and media group and has spent most of his career working in the media sector, including as a consulting partner with EY and KPMG. Alan and I have worked side-by-side during the year to lead the business, and I am confident you will give him your full support. I will remain with the business until the end of the year, working directly with Alan to ensure a smooth transition.
I am incredibly proud of what Ebiquity has accomplished over the last four years. Ebiquity has undergone a radical transformation and is now a much more focused and simpler business centred around independence, data, digital, analytics and unrivalled media expertise. Leading industry figures increasingly refer to Ebiquity as the trusted voice of truth in a complex and fast-moving media and marketing industry. This is a unique position to build upon.
Several key foundations for growth are now in place:
- A clear vision and a defensible core
- A universally recognised and well-respected brand
- An enhanced value proposition in digital, data, and analytics
- A strong balance sheet and streamlined business
- Differentiated tools which will drive value over time
The recent move of our global headquarters to a new home which embodies our values and vision is a key milestone and represents a pivotal moment for the business.
I am very confident about Ebiquity’s future and the amazing talent in the business. It has been a true privilege and honour to be part of the company’s journey.