by Herman Manson. Emmet O’ Hanlon, CEO of DDB South Africa and MD for the sub-Saharan Africa region at DDB, is leaving at the end of 2019.
by Bobby Amm. The knock-on effect in the South African commercial service industry has been evident, with a huge drop in work this past summer season.
by Charlie Mathews. The Marketing Mice say goodbye to advertising’s dinosaurs.
by Herman Manson. The MTN Group has confirmed the appointment of the Omnicom Group as its integrated global agency.
Publicis Groupe and Omnicom have announced that they have terminated their proposed merger by mutual agreement, “in view of difficulties in completing the transaction within a reasonable timeframe.”
by Bob Hoffman (@adcontrarian) It looks like the honeymoon between Omnicom and Publicis seems to be in trouble before we even get to the foreplay.
by Johanna McDowell (@jomcdowell) NEW YORK CITY: Day 5 was quite spectacular as our first meeting was a surprise — John Wren, CEO of Omnicom. The AdForum Worldwide Summit Forum has not seen him for a few years but he accepted the invitation to join and give us an update on the Publicis Omnicom merger.
by Matthew Bull (@StixBull) “Stumbling around like drunks”. These were the words Lord Dan Weiden used last week at the AdAge small agency conference whilst describing today’s advertising holding companies. Little did we know that less than 48 hours later, two of the biggest drunks – to continue the metaphor – would stumble smack bang into each other and end up in bed.
by MarkLives. Two of the world’s largest agency networks are merging.
by MarkLives. Interpublic Group, owners of agency networks including McCann, Draftfcb and Lowe + Partners, has announced a first quarter operating loss of $42.4 million, compared to a loss of $39.4 million a year ago.