Publicis Groupe Continues to Expand Its Presence in South Africa with Acquisition of OwenKessel
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PUBLICIS GROUPE CONTINUES TO EXPAND ITS PRESENCE IN SOUTH AFRICA WITH ACQUISTION
Publicis Groupe [Euronext Paris: FR0000130577] announced today the acquisition
of leading South African creative agency, OwenKessel.
Founded in 2008 by Felix Kessel and Vaughan Owen, OwenKessel is based in
Johannesburg with offices in Capetown. The agency employs 80 professionals and
services an array of blue-chip clients such as, Amstel Lager and Tanqueray Gin
(brandhouse), TOTAL, DStv (South Africa's leading Satellite TV network), Zodiac,
Aspen pharmacare and also the Diageo Reserve Brands portfolio across sub-Saharan
The agency offers a full range of communications services, including consulting,
creative, online marketing, social media and branded content. In 2013,
OwenKessel was counted amongst the country's top creative agencies at Cannes
Lions, D&AD, London International Awards and locally at the Loeries, was a
finalist at the South African "Agency of the year" awards and won the 2013
Heineken global marketing award for the brand.
The agency will be merged with the multi-door Publicis Groupe Africa network.
CEO Felix Kessel will continue his current role in the new entity and report to
Kevin Tromp, CEO of Sub-Saharan Africa for Publicis Worldwide.
Arthur Sadoun, CEO of Publicis Worldwide said "South Africa is a key market with
a large potential for growth. We have embarked on a very exciting journey in
South Africa to bring the best capabilities and talents to our clients. With
OwenKessel, we are adding great creative firepower that will ultimately benefit
our local and international clients."
Felix Kessel, CEO of OwenKessel, added, "It's not often that you find two groups
of people who actually share the same vision and objectives. The opportunity to
drive this new agency to new creative heights is incredibly exciting to all of
us. We are also looking forward to becoming part of Publicis Worldwide and play
a significant role beyond South Africa."
This acquisition follows that of Lighthouse Digital in February 2014, AML in
January 2014 and Synergize in December 2013, evidencing Publicis Groupe's strong
commitment to continued expansion across Africa. According to ZenithOptimedia,
South Africa is the eighth fastest growing advertising market in the world
between 2013 and 2016.
About Publicis Groupe
Publicis Groupe [Euronext Paris FR0000130577, CAC 40] is one of the world's
leading communications groups. The Groupe offers a full range of services and
skills: digital (DigitasLBi, Razorfish, Rosetta, VivaKi), advertising (BBH, Leo
Burnett, Publicis Worldwide, Saatchi & Saatchi), public affairs, corporate
communications and events (MSLGROUP), media strategy, planning and buying
(Starcom MediaVest Group and ZenithOptimedia), healthcare communications, with
Publicis Healthcare Communications Group (PHCG), and finally, brand asset
production with Prodigious. Present in 108 countries, the Groupe employs 62,000
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About Publicis Worldwide
Present in over 80 countries with 11,000 employees, Publicis Worldwide's counts
amongst some of its major clients Axa, BNP Paribas, Carrefour, Cartier, Citi,
Coca-Cola, Haier, Hilton Honors, HP, l'Oréal, LG, Luxottica, Nestlé, Orange,
P&G, Paypal, Pernod Ricard, RATP, Renault, Sanofi, Seb, Siemens, Telefonica,
Total, and UBS.
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