This week the U.S. Army issued an RFP for full-service agencies to handle its marketing efforts.
IPG's The Martin Agency named Amber Guild, agency veteran and former president of brand consultancy Collins, as the first managing director of its New York City office. She began the new job last week and reports directly to Martin CEO Matt Williams.
Last year's unprecedented string of Mediapalooza agency reviews involving some of the world's biggest advertisers (Coca-Cola, Walmart, P&G, etc.) was not an aberration. According to a new report released by top global consulting firm R3, it was a signal of the new normal on both the media and creative sides of the advertising business.
In 2015, GlaxoSmithKlein and Novartis completed a deal worth more than $20 billion that combined the two companies' assets. In November of that year, various sources reported that the newly created company planned to launch a review of its agency partners to effectively reset its global relationships.
Campbell Ewald executive creative director Jo Shoesmith will become the agency's chief creative officer following the departure of her predecessor, Mark Simon, who is retiring after 16 years at the agency.
In today's fourth-quarter earnings call, IPG CEO Michael Roth offered a cautiously optimistic outlook for 2016 after a 2015 in which the holding company beat its own expectations for organic growth across its agency network.
When it recently came to light that agency Campbell Ewald had for several months quietly tolerated a racist email sent by a creative director, the response from parent company IPG was a swift executive decapitation.
When FCB announced last June that it was hiring Susan Credle as global chief creative officer, it marked the end of an era for Leo Burnett as well as a refresh of sorts for the IPG network.
Insurance and financial service firm USAA has canceled its contract with Campbell Ewald, which had been its agency of record since 2008. "USAA has given Campbell Ewald notice of contract termination," public affairs director Roger Wildermuth told Adweek today. "We will be searching for a new agency that aligns with USAA's culture and core values."
In a two-sentence news release this morning, Interpublic Group announced it has terminated Campbell Ewald CEO Jim Palmer and handed leadership to agency president Kevin Wertz.