(AOF) – JCDecaux SE, the world leader in outdoor advertising, today announces the appointment of Elina Valtia as Managing Director of JCDecaux Finland, effective April 1, 2023. She will report to Jean-François Decaux. With more than 20 years of experience in the media sector, she joined JCDecaux after having headed the advertising department of Warner Bros. for the past nine years. Discovery. Most recently, she also served as Director of Warner Bros. Discovery Finland, integrating the Scandinavian management team.
During his years at Warner Bros. Discovery, Elina led the Advertising Department of the discovery+ streaming service and several linear television channels, notably during the broadcast of the 2018 and 2022 Olympic Games. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) are values dear to Elina which, in addition to his other duties, was responsible for DEI for the Scandinavian zone during the merger of Warner Media with Discovery.
Elina is passionate about sales in the BtoB sector and before joining the television media, she worked for a long time within the commercial teams of Clear Channel then JCDecaux Finland where she was Commercial Director from 2007 to 2014.
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– World leader in outdoor advertising created in 1964;
– Inventor group of the street furniture concept (52.4% of sales), present in transport advertising (32%) and large format billboards (15.6%);
– Worldwide presence, with revenues of €2.74 billion, split between continental Europe for 49%, Asia-Pacific for 25% (including China, 1
group market), the United Kingdom for 9% and North America for 6%;
– Business model broken down into 3 advertising activities with street furniture (52.5%), land and airport transport networks (30%) and large-format billboards as supports, with diversification into bike-sharing ( No. 1 worldwide);
– Capital held at 64.67% by the holding company of the founding family, with a supervisory board of 12 members, the management board being co-chaired by Jean-François and Jean-Charles Decaux;
– Solid financial position with net debt of €977m at the end of June against €1.6bn in equity.
– Three-pronged strategy: internal growth through contract wins, strategic acquisitions and combined use of digital, data and programmatic;
– Innovation strategy integrated into the business model (portfolio of 1410 patents), open and focused on: a unique and proprietary solution for the management and distribution of digital campaigns / the use of innovative technologies for the development of platforms -Data Solutions , OOH Planner, OOH Measurement, VIOOH / secure cloud-based infrastructures; ;
– Proactive environmental strategy, activities in France being carbon neutral since 2021: electricity consumption 100% from renewable energies, eco-design and circular economy, LED electricity consumption and intelligent lighting by modulation according to presence humans;
– Strategic and capitalistic alliance, with Displayce (Demand Side Platform) leader in complete and combinable programmatic solutions with DOOH inventories;
– Long-term contracts (15 years on average) ensuring recurring revenue, independence from advertisers, the top 10 representing less than 13% of turnover and presence in 12 of the 15 cities most contributing to global GDP estimated 2030;
– Acceleration of digital growth (more than 1/3 of revenues) driven by the deployment of the VIOHH programmatic sales platform, connected to 36 DSP platforms.
– Resistance to continued lockdowns in major Chinese cities and the global economic downturn due to the Russia-Ukraine war;
– After the return of Street Furniture activities to pre-Covid levels, expectation of the full recovery of the Transport branch, still impacted by the confinements in China.
Sector analysis Communication and Advertising
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