French ad holding company Publicis Groupe is losing its top digital media M&A and investment exec: Tim Hanlon. Hanlon serves as EVP and managing director of VivaKi Ventures, Publicis’ new media VC arm; Mediapost reports that he’s leaving the company at the end of the month. The news comes just a day after Publicis finalized its deal to acquire digital agency Razorfish from *Microsoft*.
Hanlon holds both “advisory and directorial” positions with over three dozen early-stage companies as a result of VivaKi Ventures’ investments; he’s been a prominent figure at ad industry conferences and events — often evangelizing the need for holding companies to “break the silos” within their digital and traditional units.
Before heading up VivaKi Ventures, he helped launch Publicis’ emerging media division Denuo, which includes mobile, gaming and branded entertainment arms. An insider tells Mediapost that Publicis execs were “surprised” by news of his departure, though the split seems amicable. No word yet on where Hanlon is headed.