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IKON and AKQA become one

By Jonas Lopez in Marcoms News on

IKON logoWPP component agencies IKON (pictured) and AKQA are merging into a new company called AKQA Media.

The new company will be designed to operate alongside AKQA Australia, absorbing all IKON assets and staff.

On the management side going forward, IKON CEO Lesley Edwards and AKQA managing director Chris Hitchcock will retain their roles, with Hitchcock elevated to national MD status. 

The merger is part of a string of corporate movements AKQA has made in the past two years. AKQA already absorbed Switched On Media in late 2019, then went ahead with acquiring NZ martech firm Dominion. WPP legacy brand Grey and WPP AUNZ agency whiteGREY were later put under the AKQA umbrella.

“Both Ikon and AKQA Media are renowned and respected in the Australian market for a focus upon client-centred solutions, based upon the realisation that media is no longer a stand-alone discipline, having become part of an increasingly complex customer journey," said WPP AUNZ CEO Jens Moonsees.

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The MINT Partners adds new clients

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The MINT Partners is coming into the autumn season with new clients on the books.

In the property portfolio, MINT will aid Cbus Property’s PR and social media effort to promote the new 111 Castlereagh luxury residential development complex in the Sydney CBD. Property lessor Dexus will also tap MINT to build up brand awareness for the MLC Centre’s new dining, retail and entertainment precinct.

Under the food industry practices, the agency will run PR/influencer support for NZ baking brand Hill Street, which is introducing the Australian market to a line of healthy, easy-bake mixes. It will also promote Andrew Connole’s “For the Love of Bread” documentary show on SBS, which started airing last night and ends on 25 April.

On the consumer goods front, MINT has landed representation for luxury underwear brand Simone Pérèle, which sought an agency for PR/integrated influencer communications as it enters the Australian market.

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Russell leaves Twitter ANZ

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Stewart Russell has departed his ANZ regional communications lead position at social media network Twitter.

He stated in a series of Tweets and on a LinkedIn post that he was ready to leave the company and fly home to the UK. 

Russell first joined Twitter in August 2013 as part of Twitter UK’s communications department and went to Sydney in April 2019 to lead the ANZ regional team.

He can be reached on Twitter @StewartRussell.

Aruga scores fresh clients and staff

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Integrated communications agency Aruga is entering autumn with more staff and new, expanded accounts, reported Mumbrella.

Sarah Wilson joins as PR accounts director. She wields nearly 20 years’ experience, mostly marketing and events management for News Corp Australia, and two hospitality businesses in Rockhampton, QLD.

Sia Cambaclis starts as social media accounts manager. She just finished three years running accounts at The Red Republic. 

Isaac Purcell takes up a senior graphic designer post. He recently exited Urbis after two years.

On the client side, Aruga has announced a raft of new accounts and expanded campaigns.. 

On the new accounts list, Aruga is now in action for Tourism Whitsundays, Economic Development Queensland Northshore (Brisbane), Tourism Bundaberg, Brisbane Festival 2021, Tattersall’s Club, the Brisbane Cycling Festival, UQIMB Soils for Science, Burger Urge, and the Institute of Modern Art.

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New promotions in at Havas

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The Havas Group has unveiled a number of new executive promotions.

The conglomerate announced that One Green Bean CEO Simone Gupta is now the CEO of Havas PR Australia, with both One Green Bean and RED Havas under her aegis. She will continue as One Green Bean CEO while working alongside RED Havas MD Steve Fontanot.

“Simone is a trusted and experienced leader and has worked successfully within a creative group environment in the past. In her role as CEO of One Green Bean, and as an integral part of the Havas Village leadership team, Simone has shown herself to be smart, decisive, empathetic, and resilient,” said Havas Group ANZ chairman Anthony Freedman.

Over at the Havas Media Group, Danni Dimitri has been elevated to the new head of strategy, Sydney. She had been the company strategy director for three years. 

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Enero lets go of Frank PR stake

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Enero Group Ltd has sold its majority shares in Frank PR (pictured).

The ASX reported that Frank PR founder and chairman Graham Goodkind and managing director Alex Grier closed a deal with Enero to buy its 75 per cent stake in the company, which it originally acquired in 2007. The final amount is estimated to be $1.5m in cash.

Goodkind and Grier owned part of Frank PR’s 25 per cent minority stake.

“At heart we’re entrepreneurs, so we have always been keen to take the business independent again one day. I am grateful to Brent Scrimshaw and the Enero board for the way they have conducted negotiations and wish the group every success in the future,” said Goodkind.

Red Havas launches health offering

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Global public relations and communications company Red Havas has established Red Havas Health due to increased demand from clients.
 
Red Havas Health is a global health network, bringing together professionals from Australia, U.S., UK, Singapore, Vietnam, the Philippines, Italy, France and Germany.
 
Red Havas Australia’s Health boss, Sue Cook, said the extra focus on health over the past two years, as well as a growth in healthcare clients, led the company to set up the new offering.
 
“This expanded focus on healthcare PR from our group ensures that while our Australian clients continue to receive the localised approach to modern healthcare communications, there will be the added benefit of having access to Red Havas Health’s global insights,” said Cook.
 
“Our goal is to transform health communications into meaningful health conversations so we can improve health understanding and outcomes – for individuals, as well as tho

WE Communications Australia tweaks leadership

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WE Communications Australia has made changes to its executive line-up.

The agency announced that CEO Gemma Hudson is moving up as EVP for health innovation and growth, with a key remit being bolstering healthcare-based accounts in the APAC region.

“Gemma is an exceptional global health leader and has been instrumental in developing the agency’s health practice in Australia and leading international, cross-market client relationships within the agency’s network,” said WE Communications EVP for Singapore/Australia Rebecca Wilson.

Dan Woods is now managing director. He had been the agency’s acting CEO for most of 2020, and was recently appointed part-time board member of the PRIA Registered Consultancies Group Advisory Council.

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