TNS completes African network through acquisition of majority stake in RMS
29 December, 2010
TNS enhances coverage of African continent with 1,000 staff across 17 offices LONDON
— TNS, the world's largest custom research company, today announced the acquisition of a majority stake in the Research and Marketing Services group of companies (RMS), the largest custom research agency in West and Central Africa. The acquisition of a majority stake in RMS follows on from an affiliation agreement signed in March 2010 with RMS and an investment by WPP in RMS in August 2010.
The acquisition of RMS will add Nigeria, Senegal, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Ghana to TNS' existing network covering South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Egypt and Morocco.
CEO, TNS Africa and Middle East, Kim Macllwaine said “Via the acquisition of RMS, TNS becomes the first market and social research company with a comprehensive African network able to service local, regional and global clients in all African markets. No other research company will have the depth of knowledge of the African consumer or the understanding of opportunities present in the rapid growth emerging markets of Africa.”
CEO of RMS Adeola Tejumola has been appointed to head the merged TNS RMS in West, East and Central West Africa. Tejumola, said “It is fitting that on the 30th anniversary of RMS, we will commence the next stage of our development as part of TNS, the world's largest custom research agency.”
Tejumola added, “TNS RMS will offer an unmatched combination of RMS' unique knowledge and understanding of the African market with TNS' global expertise in all facets of market and social research including growth areas such as Technology and Digital.”
TNS RMS will have a West African hub based in Lagos, Nigeria with East Africa being operated from Nairobi, Kenya. Aggrey Maposa, currently COO at RMS has been appointed as CEO of West Africa while Melissa Baker, TNS CEO in East Africa will head the merged East African business. The new group will be called TNS RMS.
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RMS was established in Lagos, Nigeria in 1980 and has grown to include offices in Kenya, Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon and Ivory Coast. RMS has research experience in over 26 West, East and Central African markets and the capability to conduct fieldwork in almost all African countries. RMS is a full service research agency with a permanent workforce of 250 and over 2,700 interviewers. RMS services many multi-national clients in sectors including Consumer Goods, Financial, Telecom and Social Research. About WPP
WPP is the world's largest communications services group. Through its operating companies, the Group provides a comprehensive range of advertising and marketing services including advertising; media investment management; consumer insight; public relations and public affairs; branding and identity; healthcare communications; direct, digital, promotion and relationship marketing and specialist communications. The company employs over 141,000 people (including associates) in 2,400 offices in 107 countries. For more information, visit www.wpp.com