Lowden Quits TNS Helm as WPP Flexes Pecs

03 November 2008

LONDON: In the wake of Wednesday's seizure of  Taylor Nelson Sofres by WPP Group, when its £1.1bn takeover offer was declared wholly unconditional, TNS' highly respected chief executive David Lowden left the company at the weekend.

No sooner had Lowden walked the platinum plank than his seat was filled by Pedro Ros, TNS's former managing director of global clients and sectors. He reports directly to Eric Salama, ceo of WPP's research division Kantar Group.

Ros heads the board of TNS, now rebadged TNS Custom, along with three existing colleagues as regional chief executives: Judith Passingham (Europe), Jamie Hall (Asia/Latin America) and David Kieselstein (North America). The trio's individual responsibilities are unchanged.

Kantar has also retained other members of the fallen researcher's senior management team: Joseph Montserrat (ceo of Worldpanel), Jean-Michel Portier (ceo of TNS Media) and Elaine Riddell (ceo TNS Healthcare). All report to Salama. 

Says the latter: "We have long admired the quality of the people at TNS and one of our key rationales behind the decision to acquire the business was the talent.

"Pedro Ros has been a key part of the success of the company and with the other senior management remaining in place [we] have the right management in place to provide excellent on-going service."

Data sourced from BrandRepublic (UK); additional content by WARC staff