WPP AUNZ rebrands for 2019

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new WPP AUNZ logoCommunications conglomerate WPP AUNZ will enter 2019 with a refreshed corporate goal and a logo to match.

WPP AUNZ Executive Director John Steedman said the dotted-letter logo is part of the company’s efforts to offer clients more simplified services with full creative thinking and technology backing them up.

The rebrand came off the heels of new WPP CEO Mark Read’s announcement that the conglomerate as a whole will focus on “creative transformation” to rebuild growth over the next few years, with some agencies closing down as well.

The logo is available in both navy blue (pictured) and white versions. WPP member-agencies Superunion and Landor spearheaded its development.

All WPP AUNZ companies will now carry the new logo on official correspondences.

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Ogilvy associate creative director Andrew Hankin said the message of “Great Grows Here” is about Uncle Tobys reaching other avenues where people also found success.

“Whether it’s our people, our attitude or our oats there’s something extraordinary that grows here unlike anywhere else. And while Uncle Tobys has always

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At the time of the merge, Gutteridge was based in Singapore as JWT’s APAC division chief, and he has been with the company since joining the London office in 1999 as its global account director.

Wunderman Thompson chairperson Tamara Ingram said Gutteridge’s appointment came out of recent discussions, where he stated a need to be back with his family in Australia. He will report for duty as part of the WPP AUNZ Executive Committee in Q1 2019, with the conglomerate’s yet-to-be-named chairman as his immediate superior.

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IKON Communications has started the 2019 anniversary year with an all-new brand identity and a new strategic tool.

A chief element of the rebrand is building the IKON logo through nine geometric shapes coloured in aqua, teal, beige, and orange (pictured). Designed with the help of WPP AUNZ branding agency Landor, the new logo embodies IKON’s nine core services which includes creative, data and analytics, dynamic trading, media planning, and social and content.

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“As a true leader and industry innovator, the brand has so many rich stories to tell and tap, and we can’t wait to bring these to life across channels. This partnership comes at an exciting time in our own story too, helping further expand our client base in New Zealand.”

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The company website sports a motif of black-and-white and deep orange and offers rich video and long-form content. 

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“To say I’m proud to be working with DFR again is an understatement. Our previous years with DFR produced many career highlights for our staff and I can now call this moment another. I’d like to give a huge thanks to the passionate and talented team at VMLY&R who are all raring to start,” he said.

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