Hello Australia, New Zealand, Singapore

8 February, 2017


MELBOURNE — AKQA is arriving in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore through a partnership with creative technology company DT. Experiencing double-digit growth in 2016, DT has just celebrated its most successful year since its founding in 1996. Clients include Bunnings, Optus, Bupa and Tourism Australia.
 
DT’s brand will remain but transition to the AKQA brand in the future. The partnership is the latest move in AKQA’s strategy to meet client demand across service-lines and regions. AKQA has added more than 300 new employees during the last 18 months by opening locations in many of the world’s cultural capitals including Italy, Brazil, Sweden and UK. Combining DT’s additional 220 employees from Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland and Singapore, AKQA will now have 2,000 employees in 21 studios across the USA, Europe, Asia and Australasia.
 
Ajaz Ahmed, AKQA’s CEO said: “In a world where digital is everywhere, AKQA’s passion is a thoughtful, considered and intelligent brand experience at every connection. DT’s talent and track record will strengthen the AKQA community and enhance our combined purpose to partner with progressive clients to define and deliver a better future together.”
 
Brian Vella, CEO of DT will continue to lead the company and join the AKQA Executive Team. He said: “We take pride that DT’s most recent year broke all previous records. As we look ahead to the next chapter in our journey we will now provide our clients and team with access to the global stage alongside AKQA, a globally admired partner that shares our vision. AKQA has always been an inspiration to so many, redefining the industry through influential work time and time again."
 
WPP Australia and New Zealand CEO Michael Connaghan, who oversees over 80 agencies in the region, sums up the potential of the new partnership: “Combining the cultural influence, core values and global caliber of AKQA with the capability and coverage of DT represents an extraordinary platform to create the world-leading brand experience agency.”
 
Recent AKQA launches include the highly acclaimed BBC Earth Story of Life, and the world’s first voice animated story The Snow Fox. AKQA won more than 100 honours in 2016 including seven Cannes Lions; IAB Agency of The Year and PromaxBDA’s Gaming Agency of the Year. DT launched Australia.com, while architecting and creating brand experience activity for Bunnings in Australia.


About DT
DT is Australasia’s leading creative technology agency, helping brands thrive in the digital economy since 1996. Its full service team, consisting of over 200 digital specialists across Melbourne, Sydney, Singapore and Auckland, create customer experiences that connect brands with people.

DT can conceive a creative and holistic business strategy, and has the right specialists to see it through. DT works with some of Australasia’s leading brands across a number of verticals including tourism, retail, financial services, insurance, FMCG, healthcare, automotive, and professional services. DT is part of WPP AUNZ. Find out more at www.dt.com.au
 
About AKQA
AKQA is a brand experience agency inspired by the imaginative application of art and science. www.akqa.com
 
About WPP
WPP is the world’s largest communications services group with billings of US$73 billion and revenues of US$19 billion. Through its operating companies, the Group provides a comprehensive range of advertising and marketing services including advertising & media investment management; data investment management; public relations & public affairs; branding & identity; healthcare communications; direct, digital, promotion & relationship marketing and specialist communications. The company employs over 200,000 people (including associates and investments) in over 3,000 offices across 113 countries. For more information, visit www.wpp.com.  

WPP was named Holding Company of the Year at the 2016 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity for the sixth year running. WPP was also named, for the fifth consecutive year, the World’s Most Effective Holding Company in the 2016 Effie Effectiveness Index, which recognizes the effectiveness of marketing communications. In 2016 WPP was recognized by Warc 100 as the World’s Top Holding Company (second year running).       
     
For further information, please contact:

WPP AUNZ

Rebecca Tilly on +61 410 501 043
Sandra Renowden on +61 403 823 218

AKQA
Simone Schiefke, Marketing and PR Director
simone.schiefke@akqa.com
+44 20 3217 7765

Courtney Kaczak, Associate Marketing Director
courtney.kaczak@akqa.com
+1 646.274.2154

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