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Ellen T. Johnson
Ellen T. Johnson is Senior Vice President of Finance and Treasurer of IPG. Ellen has direct responsibility for Treasury, Corporate Development and Financial Planning and Analysis. Ellen is responsible for managing the Company’s liquidity and capital structure, as well as handling its relationships with banks and rating agencies. She also oversees the mergers and acquisition function as well as the short and long-term budgeting, forecasting and worldwide financial planning. In 2018, Ellen added the role of CFO of IPG Mediabrands, where she is responsible for all areas of global finance, accounting, technology, legal and compliance.
Under Ellen’s leadership, IPG has transformed its balance sheet and has increased the strength of its financial position. Her work has contributed significantly to IPG achieving investment-grade credit ratings. She has worked on initiating IPG’s return of capital programs, which have been a large source of value creation for our shareholders.
Starting in 2009, Ellen overhauled the process for approaching mergers and acquisitions, including the integration and review process. IPG’s mergers and acquisitions have been successful in strengthening IPG’s existing offerings as well as enhancing IPG’s capabilities in digital advertising and high growth geographies and marketing services.
Ellen joined Interpublic in 2000 as Assistant Treasurer, International. In May 2004, Ellen was appointed Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of The Partnership, a division of Interpublic that included Lowe Worldwide and Draft, where she oversaw all financial aspects of the agencies.
Prior to joining Interpublic, Ellen held various corporate finance roles at Revlon, ultimately as Assistant Treasurer, International. In that capacity, she had responsibility for all treasury functions in Europe. Ellen also played a key role in negotiating Revlon's credit facilities and in the financing and re-financing activities that helped re-capitalize the company in the late 1990's.
Preceding her work at Revlon, Ellen was a Senior Accountant at Coopers & Lybrand. She is a CPA who holds an Executive MBA in Finance from New York University Stern School of Business, and a Bachelor's Degree from the State University at Albany.