BBDO picks Rix to join swelling ranks of agency CMOs

Agencies are busily appointing CMOs, some on a global basis, just at a time when clients seem to be getting rid of them. Omnicom’s BBDO has appointed New York CSO Crystal Rix (below) to the global post (she’s keeping her ...

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Interpublic sails on as European rivals face headwinds

Interpublic continues to lead the holding company pack in terms of both organic growth and financials although it slowed a little in the second quarter of 2019. Q2 organic growth was three per cent (4.6 per cent for the half ...

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Juhl in, Clark out at WPP media behemoth GroupM

It was only a matter of time before WPP CEO Mark Read turned his attention to giant (although not as giant as it was) media operation GroupM. And he’s done so in a pretty dramatic way, replacing CEO Kelly Clark ...

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Is VW’s new US good works campaign lost in space?

Johannes Leonardo got off to a good start with its mea culpa for emissions-emitting VW in North America. Not sure about this one though, harking back to the moon landing to promote (new) VW’s various investments and good works. For ...

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Free The Birds takes new tack for new Davidoff cigars

Independent design agency Free The Birds is running a new global campaign for upscale Davidoff cigars – presumably you still can in some places – emphasising the provenance of three new stronger flavours – ‘Taste The Elements’ – featuring cigars ...

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AIG enlists All Blacks for road safety at Japan World Cup

AIG (American International Group) is a gigantic insurer so there’s a degree of self interest in this diverting infotainment ad telling visitors to the forthcoming Rugby World Cup ‘How not to drive in Japan.’ Apart from the language there are ...

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Ogilvy staff protest Customs and Border Protection work

Ogilvy employees are protesting – vociferously – about the agency’s work for the US Customs and Border Protection agency, blamed for separating children from their parents at border “facilities”. This is said to have led to the deaths of seven ...

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Condom brand Skyn takes a rocket to the moon

All this talk of rockets around the 50th anniversary of the moon landing has proved too much to resist for condom brand Skyn and its new line of sex toys. Sid Lee Paris’s film talks of “insatiable curiosity” and the ...

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Jermaine Jenas fronts Coke’s new ‘ball games allowed’ drive

There are times (like now) when a visitor from Mars might assume that football was a charity with a game/business attached. Coca-Cola has a long history of supporting football in the UK and now it’s launching ‘Ball Games Allowed,’ an ...

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