Batey joins Grey Group Singapore

3 April, 2009


SINGAPORE – Grey Group today announced a strategic alignment with WPP sister company, Batey. Operating as an independent entity, Batey will be housed within Grey Group Singapore, alongside Grey (brand advertising), G2 (activation marketing) and Grey Healthcare (healthcare communications).

The integration will boost Grey Group’s presence in Singapore and extend the group’s total
communications offering, strengthening its advertising, branding and design, and direct
marketing capabilities.

Founded in 1972, Batey is highly acclaimed as the mastermind behind the iconic Singapore
Girl, an instantly recognisable symbol for Singapore Airlines. As Singapore’s leading homegrown agency, Batey has become one of the most awarded agencies in Asian advertising history, and over time, has built global brands for its portfolio of distinguished local clients including Singapore Airlines, Singapore Tourism Board, Starhub, Tiger Beer, OCBC Bank and Raffles Hotel.

Nirvik Singh, Chairman & CEO of Grey Group Asia Pacific, said, "Batey is renowned for its
rich heritage and reputation for creative excellence. We will retain the essence of the
legendary Batey brand which has been integral to the agency’s success throughout the
years. Batey will be able to tap into the expertise of our global network of 432 offices in 96
countries when it enters the fold. This new structure will create business efficiencies and
synergies that will benefit both our clients and staff.”

Subbaraju Alluri, CEO of Grey Group Singapore, said, “We’re proud to have the Batey
legacy continue at Grey Group Singapore. With our combined capabilities in creativity and
thought leadership, I am confident that Grey Group Singapore's performance will be
accelerated to the next level. Batey serves as the perfect fit for the group and together, I
firmly believe we are better positioned to provide our clients with the highest level of service
and support across all communication touchpoints.”

“In today’s competitive environment, it is critical that a creative agency has a breadth of
resource which meets the needs of a changing marketplace”, said Alan Fairnington, Batey’s
CEO. “Being part of the Grey Group gives Batey direct access to these resources and
enhances our brand building capabilities.”

Batey will strengthen the group’s client portfolio including Qatar Airways’ global business,
Mitsubishi Motors and Metro Department Store.


About Grey Group
Grey Group ranks among the largest global marketing communications companies. Its
parent company is WPP. Grey Group is represented in 96 countries, with 432 offices
operating in 154 cities. Dedicated to delivering big ideas that accelerate brand potential,
Grey Group’s total offering includes Grey (brand advertising) and G2 (activation marketing).
In the Asia Pacific region, Grey Group covers 29 cities in 17 countries and has a combined
staff strength of over 2,000. More information about Grey Group Asia Pacific is available at
www.greygroupasiapacific.com.  

Media Contact
Melissa Loh
Corporate Communications
Direct Line: +65 6511 7611
Email: melissa.loh@grey.com

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