DDB Worldwide operates a number of separate agencies in Germany, organized into two main brand groups of DDB Group and Heye & Partner. Although they share local responsibility for several major clients such as Henkel and - until recently - McDonald's, they tend to operate as separate businesses.
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Adbrands Weekly Update 25th Feb 2016: DDB Germany's woes threaten to worsen considerably if industry rumours are true that cornerstone client Deutsche Telekom is about to call a review of its advertising, handled by the agency for the past decade. This latest blow follows the sudden departure of DDB's top two executives at the beginning of the year to join Havas.
Adbrands Weekly Update 14th Jan 2016: Proving Germany's reputation as one of Europe's most volatile advertising industries in personnel terms, the two most senior executives at the local outpost of DDB have jumped ship to take up regional roles at Havas. CEO Thomas Funk and chief creative officer Eric Schoeffler become managing director and executive creative director respectively for Havas Worldwide Europe, reporting to regional chief Chris Hirst.
Adbrands Weekly Update 26th Mar 2015: There was further turbulence in Germany's auto advertising sector. Two more members of DDB's global Volkswagen team have stepped down, following on from the departure of global ECD Jeremy Craigen a fortnight ago. Now Jason Lusty, global business director for the VW account, is crossing the tracks to become head of marketing for Volkswagen Group's Audi business in Germany. DDB Berlin creative director Matthias Schmidt has also resigned. His destination is undisclosed but speculation within the trade is that it could be the independent agency being assembled by Andre Kemper and former DDB Germany boss Tonio Kroeger. This week they revealed the name of their new shop as Antoni, combining their respective names. The business will take over advertising for Mercedes-Benz this summer, despite the fact that co-founder Kemper is still under contract to produce advertising for rival Opel through a separate self-titled unit, Andre, which operates through Scholz & Friends. Adding further controversy to an already highly charged situation, Kemper and Kroeger have raided several other agencies to staff their business. One such recruit is Sven Doerrenbaecher, previously CEO of BMW's local agency Interone. Antoni launched its website this week with a quote from Nietzsche: "One must still have chaos within oneself, to give birth to a dancing star," the latter no doubt a reference to the famous Mercedes logo. Kemper, certainly, is no stranger to a bit of chaos.
Adbrands Weekly Update 2nd Oct 2014: McDonald's has put an end to a 43-year relationship with German agency Heye & Partner. Following a review, the fast-feeder appointed has Leo Burnett and indie Thjnk to handle the account jointly under the banner "Leo's Thjnk Tank". The account loss creates a significant cloud over Heye & Partner, which is affiliated to the DDB network. It had shared the business with the local office of TBWA, which also leaves the roster (though the TBWA network continues to handle McDonald's in France and other countries). Leo Burnett already works for McD in several other key regional markets, most notably the UK. The change prompts further speculation that the restaurant giant might be preparing to drop its long-running "I'm Loving It" slogan, which was originally created by Heye.
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