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HEADLINERS

Stop Press
  • Ogilvy expands China reach with Nanjing Yindu stake
  • VML takes majority stake in Qais
  • Cohn & Wolfe expands in Southeast Asia with XPR acquisition
  • Ogilvy PR takes majority stake in Hong Kong-based Mind Resource
New Offers
  • Lincoln and WPP's Team Detroit create boutique creative agency for Lincoln in New York
  • Wunderman launches new Marketing Solutions Center
Insights
  • BrandZ Top 50 Most Valuable Chinese Brands 2012 - second annual rankings
  • 2012 trends and forecasts from WPP companies
New Business
  • Philips awards global creative account to Ogilvy
  • Best Buy taps CHI and Wunderman for digital duties
  • Revlon consolidates global media planning and buying with MediaCom
People
  • Trade expert and economist Luis de la Calle named President of Hill+Knowlton Strategies Latin America
  • Ginny Bahr clocks up 60 years' service at JWT New York
Awards
  • Maxus named 2011 Global Media Network of the Year by UK magazine Campaign.
  • Ogilvy Africa named AdFocus Agency of the Year for an unprecedented third year


STOP PRESS

Ogilvy acquires stake in leading Chinese advertising agency, Nanjing Yindu

Ogilvy & Mather has acquired, subject to regulatory approval, 49% of Nanjing Yindu Advertising and Commerce Co., Ltd. (Yindu), the leading independent advertising agency in the People's Republic of China. This move expands Ogilvy's reach into the important Yangtze River Delta. Founded in 1994 and based in Nanjing, it employes 250 people. Clients include Jiangsu Mobile, Heilan Home, Jiangsu Yanghe Brewery, Nanjing Iveco, MoonHare, Simcere, Longliqi and China Construction Bank.

VML takes majority stake in Qais

VML has acquired a majority stake in Qais Consulting, a leading digital marketing agency in Singapore. The combined operation is rebranding as VML Qais, and will operate as part of Y&R Asia. Founded in 2005 and based in Singapore, with a presence in Mumbai, India, Qais is a highly-awarded full-service digital marketing agency. Clients include Standard Chartered Bank, Sony Electronics, Sony Pictures, Hilton Hotels, Mahindra & Mahindra, ICICI Bank, Tata Motors and the Singapore Ministry of Defence.

Cohn & Wolfe expands in Southeast Asia with XPR acquisition

Cohn & Wolfe has signed an agreement to acquire XPR, one of Singapore's largest independent communications agencies, with additional offices in Malaysia and Indonesia.

As one of Southeast Asia's leading digital-centric PR agencies, XPR counts among its clients some of the biggest names in banking, sports, technology and lifestyle, including Groupon, SingTel, BMW Asia, Salesforce.com and Motorola Mobility. XPR is ranked annually as one of the top 10 PR agencies in Singapore and was most recently named 2011 Agency of the Year by Marketing magazine.

Ogilvy PR takes majority stake in Hong Kong-based Mind Resource

Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide is taking a majority stake in Mind Resource, an independent healthcare communications agency in Hong Kong, subject to relevant approvals being obtained. Founded in 2007, Mind Resource offers event planning, production services and public relations consultancy to clients in the pharmaceutical sector. The agency employs 18 people and clients include Roche, Boehringer Ingelheim, Pfizer, Novartis and Bayer.


NEW OFFERS

Lincoln and WPP's Team Detroit create boutique creative agency in New York

Lincoln and Team Detroit at WPP have announced the creation of a new luxury-oriented boutique agency dedicated to Lincoln's brand reinvention and creative marketing communications strategy. The agency is based in New York City and headed by luxury automotive veteran, Cameron McNaughton, who joins as President of the agency and reports to Satish Korde, CEO, Team Detroit.

Wunderman launches new Marketing Solutions Center

Wunderman's just-launched Marketing Solutions Center delivers a global, end-to-end, production and campaign execution service that lowers delivery costs, increases campaign effectiveness and enhances brand consistency. The new entity meets industry demand for rapid adaptation, execution and optimization of creative content across print, digital, mobile and broadcast platforms.


INSIGHTS

2012 trends and forecasts from WPP companies

In Landor Associates' 2012 Trends Forecast: Market trends and their impact on brands, Landor experts discuss how digital relates to their given topics. View the forecast at: http://landor.com/#/talk/articles-publications/articles/landor%27s-2012-trends-forecast-market-trends-and-their-impact-on-brands/

Millward Brown's Futures Group has published its predictions for the digital media sector in 2012. It sees 'gamification,' 'virtual togetherness' and real-time online decision making as three key trends. Full details at www.millwardbrown.com/DigitalPredictions

JWT has published its 10 Trends for 2012, which include 'The Rise of Shared Value' and 'Food as the New Eco-Issue.' Learn more at www.JWTIntelligence.com

BrandZ Top 50 Most Valuable Chinese Brands 2012

Commissioned by WPP and in its second year, the BrandZ Top 50 Most Valuable Chinese Brands ranking is unique. Combining both financial data, from Bloomberg and Kantar Worldpanel, as well as consumer opinion gathered from interviews with over 35,000 Chinese consumers, the BrandZ China Top 50 is the most robust ranking of Chinese brands available.

View the rankings at: http://www.wpp.com/wpp/marketing/branding/the-top-50-most-valuable-chinese-brands.htm

GroupM, Youku.com and Sinomonitor report provides overview of new online video medium

The research report, Online Video Audience & Media Value, covered 20 cities and shows the inevitable linkage between TV and online video as well the differences in audience viewing behavior. Read more at: http://www.wpp.com/wpp/press/press/default.htm?guid=%7b79130981-e94e-433e-b2ef-faaae168904a%7d

Burson-Marsteller study finds multinationals continue to re-invest in employee and workplace initiatives

Companies rated as having among the strongest workplace environments are continuing to make investments in workplace and employee initiatives, according to a survey by Burson-Marsteller and Great Place to Work®. The study surveyed senior executives working at companies that were listed on the inaugural Great Place to Work World's Best Multinational Workplaces ranking. More information at: http://www.burson-marsteller.com/Newsroom/Lists/PressReleases/dispform.aspx?ID=852

GroupM deep dives into digital lives of China's university students

Research by GroupM Knowledge and Campus Marketing Institute (CMI) looks into 90s' students' digital behavior and consumption habits. There are 2,493 universities and colleges in China with more than 29 million universities students, born after 1990. They are living in the fastest-developing era of China with better living conditions than before. From 2012, the first group of 90s' university students will graduate and step into the society. How would they influence the market as economic-independent consumers?

Read more at: http://www.wpp.com/wpp/press/press/default.htm?guid=%7bac45c9cd-177e-4324-a6eb-88c19547652c%7d

The management of corporate reputation faces unprecedented challenges, says Burson-Marsteller

Burson-Marsteller Asia-Pacific recently released Managing Corporate Reputation in the Digital Age, a white paper outlining the major trends impacting corporate reputations today, and ideas for protecting and harnessing your online and offline reputation. For the complete publication, go to: http://www.slideshare.net/secret/sbtJfpO0gyjgPE

OgilvyAction's white paper on what's new in mobile and shopping, recently published in Admap: http://www.ogilvyaction.com/What-Is-New/Mobile-and-Shopping.aspx


NEW BUSINESS

GROUPM

Maxus:
Volkstheatre - Maxus Austria
Pfizer (digital) - Maxus China
Aleris Helse; Expert Reiser - Maxus Norway
Kaufland - Maxus Poland
Netsream - Maxus Switzerland
L'Oreal - Maxus Vietnam

MediaCom:
Revlon - MediaCom global

OGILVY

Philips - Ogilvy & Mather global
Flemish Pork Syndicate - Ogilvy Advertising Belgium
Behavioural Framework contract (European Commission) - Ogilvy Public Relations Belgium
"You See" - OgilvyOne Denmark
Amex - OgilvyOne France
Standard Life; BSH - Ogilvy Advertising Germany
SEA - Neo Germany
MediaPharma - Ogilvy Commonhealth Germany
Proofpoint - Ogilvy PR Germany
Zurich Financial Services - OgilvyOne Switzerland
SCJ - Ogilvy Advertising UK
UBS - OgilvyAction and Redworks UK
Captain Morgan for Western Europe; Guinness; Zaggora - Ogilvy PR UK
Aegean Airlines; Seat; Nescafe - Ogilvy Greece
Adidas SA - Ogilvy PR South Africa
LG Levant - Ogilvy Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Syria
Abdali Real Estate - Ogilvy Jordan
Kuwait Petroleum Company - Ogilvy Kuwait
Societe Generale - Ogilvy Algeria

YOUNG & RUBICAM BRANDS

Best Buy - CHI/Wunderman
Windstream - VML and RTC
Kansas City Ballet; Big Ten Network - VML
Mazda; Almiron - Wunderman Spain
Etihad Rail - Wunderman Dubai
INNOVO - Wunderman UK
Wer liefert was? - Wunderman Germany
Q8; GSK - These Days Belgium


PEOPLE

Luis de la Calle named President of Hill+Knowlton Strategies Latin America.

Massimo Costa, President of Y&R Brands Italy and Country Manager of WPP Italy, elected Chairman of Assocomunicazione, Italy's association for communications businesses.

GROUPM

Tim Irwin promoted to Chief Operative Officer at Maxus UK.
Alvin Gomesz named Business Director at Maxus's new Sri Lanka operation.

Chris Baker appointed Vice President for digital at MediaCom China.

Jodi Kasten named Managing Director, Digital at Mindshare Canada.

At the Campaign Asia-Pacific Awards in Singapore, Melvyn Goh, President, Mindshare China, was named Agency Head of the Year of Greater China. Asmita Dubey, Managing Director, Team L'Oréal, Mindshare Shanghai, was named the Media Planner/Buyer of the Year (Greater China).

JWT

Ginny Bahr has received a Diamond Service Award for her 60 years' service at JWT New York.

JWT Shanghai's Chief Creative Officer, Yang Yeo, named Creative of the Year at Campaign's Agency of the Year Awards in Singapore.

OGILVY & MATHER

Tim Isaac, Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather Asia Pacific, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Campaign Asia Pacific Agency of the Year Awards 2011.

German Yunes appointed CEO of Ogilvy Latina South.

Marco Chiossone named Head of OgilvyAction Argentina.

Abey Mokgwatsane appointed CEO at Ogilvy South Africa; Nunu Ntshingila becomes Chairman.

YOUNG & RUBICAM BRANDS

Recent senior appointments at Burson-Marsteller include:
Christine Jones to CEO and Market Leader at Burson-Marsteller Australia.
Matt Stafford to CEO and Market Leader, Burson-Marsteller Hong Kong.
Ben Maynard to Chair of Tech Practice at Burson-Marsteller London.
Martin Roll and Hoh Kim named first Asian-based Senior Advisers to Burson Marsteller's Global Strategy Team.
David Zhao to Executive Vice President, Burson-Marsteller China.
Chris Cartwright named Managing Director, Burson-Marsteller Geneva.
Burson-Marsteller's Chief Global Digital Strategist Dallas Lawrence named Crisis Manager of the Year at the PR News PR People Awards 2011.
Andrew Cumpsty appointed Managing Director of Direct Impact's first European office.
Olga Fleming joins as EVP Managing Director of Cohn & Wolfe's New York Healthcare Practice.
Philip VanDusen appointed Executive Creative Director at Landor Cincinnati.
Evzen Drtina, CEO of Wunderman Prague, voted a Grand Old Man of Czech Direct Marketing by the Czech Association of Direct Marketing.
Robyn Nahman joins Wunderman South Africa as Creative Director.


AWARDS

The Farm Group picked up two awards at the UK's Royal Television Society Craft and Design Awards.

At Kenya's PRSK Awards for Excellence, Hill+Knowlton Strategies took Best Public Sector Campaign for Truth Justice & Reconciliation Commission; Best Use of Technology Campaign for Nokia Apps Store; Best Event of the Year for the Airtel launch in 16 African countries; and Best Public Affairs Campaign for Nokia.

At the Middle East Public Relations Association (MEPRA) Awards, H+K Strategies took Best Government Relations Campaign for ADFCA and Best Social/Digital Media Campaign for Intel.

H+K Poland won the Poland, Russia, Ukraine category at the European Excellence Awards for AstraZeneca.

Senora Rushmore United won the Grand Prix for Aquarius at Spain's 2011 Inspirational Awards.

GROUPM

For the second consecutive year, GroupM Search was named the Google 2011 China Agency of the Year.

Maxus named 2011 Global Media Network of the Year by UK magazine Campaign.
Maxus USA won People's Choice award at the MITX Interactive Awards for Welch's.

MediaCom China won the Google 2011 Best Mobile Advertising Award for Volkswagen.

Mindshare Asia Pacific was crowned Media Agency of the Year 2011 at the Campaign Asia-Pacific Awards in Singapore.

JWT

JWT Shanghai named Agency of the Year for Greater China at Campaign Asia-Pacific's Agency of the Year Awards in Singapore.

OGILVY

Coley Porter Bell picked up two UK Marketing Design Awards for the Museum of London and Ricard.

At EPICA, Ogilvy & Mather France picked up one Gold and seven Silver Awards ; Ogilvy & Mather Germany and OgilvyOne Germany each picked up a Gold.

At the red dot awards, Ogilvy & Mather Germany took a red dot grand prix, two best of the best and five red dots. OgilvyOne Germany took two red dots. OgilvyOne Germany also won a Gold at the DMMA Online Star awards and a Gold and Silver at Annual Multimedia.

At Portugal's local Effies, Premios Eficacia, Ogilvy Advertising Portugal took Silver for Dove Men and Ogilvy Design Portugal took Silver for ISEG. OgilvyOne Portugal took one Gold, one Silver, Best IPN campaign and Grand Prix at the SAPO digital awards festival.

Ogilvy Tunisia took Gold at the GEMAS Effies.

In South Africa, Ogilvy Africa was named AdFocus Agency of the Year for an unprecedented third year. Ogilvy Cape Town took three Golds and two Silvers at the Bookmark Awards and was awarded a Black Eagle at the Eagle Print Awards. Ogilvy Johannesburg picked up four Golds at the Assegai Integrated and Direct Marketing Awards.

At the Campaign Asia Pacific Agency of the Year Awards, Ogilvy Asia Pacific scooped Regional Network of the Year and was named Creative Agency Network of the Year; Ogilvy PR Worldwide was named Regional Specialist Agency of the Year; Ogilvy India and Ogilvy China both won Digital Agency of the Year for their regions. OgilvyOne Beijing was named Digital Agency of the Year Greater China.

Ogilvy India was crowned Agency of the Year at the Effie 2011 event for the third consecutive year.

YOUNG & RUBICAM BRANDS

At the European Excellence Awards, Burson-Marsteller and Dutch Broadcasting Orchestras won Best Campaign Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and Best Entertainment and Culture Campaign. The celebrated "2 Minute Silence" campaign from B-M and the Royal British Legion was named Best UK, Ireland Campaign.

VML's work for Gatorade was an awardee in Contagious magazine's Most Contagious 2011 and picked up four HOW Interactive Design Awards.

Wunderman Dubai's work for Range Rover Evoque voted No. 1 in Campaign's film category.

At the Campana de Oro festival, Young & Rubicam Uruguay was named Agency of the Year for the third consecutive year. The agency also picked up four Grandes Campanas and 13 Campanas de Oro.

GPY&R Brisbane was named Queensland Agency of the Year at the 2011 B&T Awards.




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