Adbrands Weekly Update 19th Dec 2013:
David Eastman, previously North America CEO at JWT, is leaving the company, apparently to pursue an "entrepreneurial endeavour". He will be replaced by Peter Sherman, who joined the agency mid-2013 as New York
CEO. Eastman's departure follows the recent announcement that McCann executive Gustavo Martinez will join JWT as CEO-in-waiting behind Bob Jeffrey.
Adbrands Weekly Update 19th Dec 2013:
Puma named JWT as its new global agency, taking over from Droga5.
Adbrands Weekly Update 7th Nov 2013:
There was some succession planning at JWT, in anticipation of Bob Jeffrey's move to a non-executive role at the end of next year. The network raided McCann to select his successor as CEO. Gustavo Martinez, currently regional director for McCann Europe & Asia, is to join JWT in the new year as
global president. He will succeed Jeffrey as CEO at the end of 2014, at which point Jeffrey will become non-executive chairman. "Over the past few years Gustavo and I have cultivated a relationship of mutual admiration and respect," said Jeffrey in a statement. "He is passionate about the business, devoted to clients and understands that the key asset of the business is the caring, nurturing and understanding of its people. Gustavo Martinez is the future of
JWT." His replacement at McCann has yet to be named.
Adbrands Weekly Update 10th Oct 2013: JWT was awarded pan-EMEA creative for Canon cameras and business solutions, replacing McGarryBowen.
Adbrands Weekly Update 26th Sep 2013: Air Canada split its business between JWT and Mindshare following a review.
Adbrands Weekly Update 22nd Aug 2013: JWT scored two significant wins from its WPP sibling Grey this week. In the US, Energizer Holdings moved its collection of personal care products, including Hawaiian Tropic and Banana Boat sun care and Playtex feminine protection, from Grey to
JWT. That collection is likely to be
expanded further when Energizer completes the acquisition of Johnson & Johnson's Stayfree and OB sanpro products later this year. The move was prompted by Grey's recent win of the global Gillette account: Energizer also owns Schick Wilkinson Sword, Gillette's main global rival, also already
managed by JWT. That gain was followed by news today that JWT is to take back responsibility for the UK retail and wealth management business of HSBC, five months after the account was transferred to Grey. The latter will retain other European creative for HSBC. No explanation was
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Adbrands Weekly Update 15th Aug 2013: Ads of the Week: Melbourne Writers' Festival "Writers' Ideas" by JWT Melbourne. Low-key "arts festival" clients often offer agencies an opportunity to demonstrate their best and most inventive work, allowing them to indulge in pure creativity having merely to sell a particular product. JWT's office in Melbourne Australia has demonstrated
this skill annually for the Melbourne Writers Festival. Here's the latest excellent film: ever wondered how crime writers research their plots?
Adbrands Weekly Update 8th Aug 2013: MDC's 72andSunny scored a major coup, capturing the global Smirnoff account from JWT
Adbrands Weekly Update 4th Jul 2013:
JWT was awarded Nokia's global creative business. This ends the earlier unsuccessful experiment whereby the handset firm allocated JWT
only local activation and implementation duties on creative developed in London by Inferno and other indie agencies.
Adbrands Weekly Update 27th Jun 2013:
JWT named Peter Sherman as CEO of its flagship New York office. The role has in effect been vacant since the departure of co-presidents Ty Montague and Rosemarie Ryan last year. Sherman joins
from BBDO Europe.