Iain Jacob

Director, Advisor, Investor

Iain Jacob

Director, Advisor, Investor

Iain’s career spans work in creative agencies, such as BBH, the co-founding of a media agency,CEO leadership at a domestic and international level, Board level advisory work and tech start-up angel investing.

Iain led the creation of Publicis Media EMEA as CEO in 2016, bringing together two successful media groups; Zenith Optimedia and Starcom Mediavest, creating a new European powerhouse of 6,500 people that went on to win clients such as Fiat Chrysler, Lidl and Procter & Gamble, and that also developed new practice areas such as eCommerce and tech start-up engagement for clients. Iain stood down from the CEO position in July 2018 and left Publicis.

Prior to this Iain was CEO of Starcom Mediavest Group EMEA, CEO of Starcom UK and UK CEO of the agency he co-founded and successfully sold to Leo Burnett, Motive Communications.

Amongst other advisory/board positions, Iain currently sits on the Digital Advisory Board of Save the Children UK and the Facebook EMEA Client Council.

Iain is an active start-up ‘angel’ investor and also acts as an advisor to a number of these companies.

He is married to Kathryn Jacob OBE, mad on cycling, tries to bring up a couple of children and currently has one dog.

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