Finance

WPP rings the changes at Ford agency GTB

WPP evidently isn’t giving up with Ford and its bespoke ford agency GTB. It may have lost US creative to a combo of BBDO and Wieden+Kennedy but GTB trucks on, appointing Robert Guay (left) from Publicis-owned Digitas as its new ...

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FCB resigns Nivea as creative agencies begin to stand up to even big clients

FCB has resigned Beiersdorf’s global Nivea account, after working on it for over 100 years. The split allegedly follows a client remark that “we don’t do gay” on viewing submitted creative work. FCB and Nivea are staying schtum although FCB ...

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Interpublic trailblazer Phil Geier dies at 84

Phil Geier (Philip H. Geier Jr to give him his full title) was chairman and CEO of Interpublic from 1980 to 2000, when he turned Marion Harper’s Interpublic into the biggest ad holding group in the world. He began his ...

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Amazon heads march of the FANGs as they dominate adland

Ad Age has confirmed what we all suspected, that the so-called FANG companies (Facebook, Amazon, Neflix and Google) are increasingly driving advertising, in the US in this case but the same is true around the world surely. Much of the ...

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Is digital currency Libra set to become Facebook’s Midland Bank moment?

Readers with (very) long memories may recall that in 1987 the Saatchi brothers, then running the world’s biggest agency group, announced their intention to take over the UK’s Midland Bank, one of the biggest at the time. The Midland (now ...

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