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Sorrell says Publicis / Omnicom's 'merger of equals' is 'impossible'

Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive of WPP, has called attempts by rival holding groups, Omnicom and Publicis Groupe to form a £23 bilion "merger of equals" "impossible".

 

iProspect appoints chief media officer among four senior hires

iProspect, the Dentsu Aegis digital and data network, has bolstered its UK team with a raft of new senior roles, including Matt Adams who will join iProspect UK as chief media officer, from DigitasLBi.

 

Unilever pilots multi-brand advertising with YouTube beauty channel

Unilever has created a YouTube channel filled with hair styling tutorials from well-known video bloggers as a platform to advertise a range of its hair brands.

 

Agencies vie for NHS digital brief

NHS Blood and Transplant, the special health authority that supplies blood and organs to hospitals in England and North Wales, is looking to appoint a digital agency.

 

Dare creates European Ryanair ads

Dare has created Ryanair's first pan-European advertising campaign, as the budget airline seeks to soften its image among consumers.

 

Cheil UK takes Fox's Biscuits digital and social account

Cheil UK has won the Fox's Biscuits digital and social media account, replacing incumbent Libertine, after a pitch for the business.

 

We Are Social hires creatives behind Monarch's Oculus Rift campaign

We Are Social has hired WDMP's creative team, Tom Bellamy and Alena Miklasova, the duo responsible for the latest Monarch Airlines campaign featuring Oculus Rift technology.

 

The National Trust appoints Jam to social media business

The National Trust has appointed Jam to handle its social media activity and build its online community following a competitive pitch process against unnamed agencies.

 

Nexus/H rebrands as Southpaw under Poynter

Nexus/H has rebranded as Southpaw to reflect a "challenger mind-set, and unorthodox approach and a desire to win", according to the agency.

 

Google is trying to 'hang us out to dry' says Martin Sorrell

Martin Sorrell, chief executive of WPP, has told an audience at Advertising Week that while the marketing group's "frienemies" change, Google is an "extremely smart" constant in the mix, and he is regularly told that its sales team is trying to "hang...

 

AWEurope: Creative agencies need to be performance-oriented, says BBH chief

Creative agencies need to be more performance-oriented rather than focusing solely on difference, according to the BBH group chief executive, Gwyn Jones.

 

Bob Greenberg plots latest R/GA overhaul

Bob Greenberg, the founder, chairman and chief executive of R/GA, is preparing to overhaul the structure of the New York office, as he commits to staying at the agency for five more years.

 

Gravity Road hires Joanna Osborn as head of creative services

Gravity Road, the content agency, has hired Joanna Osborn, the content business director at Bartle Bogle Hegarty London, in the new role of head of creative services.

 

WPP to buy majority stake in Cognifide digital consultancy

WPP has agreed to buy a majority stake in Cognifide, a digital technology consultancy with clients such as Skype and Virgin Media.

 

Havas profit up 2.6% to €199m

Havas made pre-tax profits of €199 million (£166.1 million) for 2013, up 2.6 per cent year on year.

 

Sean Chambers steps down as ECD at Razorfish

Razorfish's executive creative director in London, Sean Chambers, is leaving the agency to produce an inter­active documentary about the unemployed.

 

Elvis lands digital brief for Cadbury

Cadbury has appointed Elvis to lead digital and social activity in the UK across its brand portfolio.

 

Greg Grimmer takes senior role at Fetch

Greg Grimmer, a founder of HMDG (now Enter), has been appointed the global chief operating officer at Fetch, the independent mobile agency.

 

Camelot calls £40m media review

Camelot UK Lotteries, operator of The National Lottery, has called a £40 million consolidating review of its media planning and buying and digital strategy business.

 

DigitasLBi poaches JWT's David Carr to be strategy director

DigitasLBi has poached JWT's planning director David Carr to be its strategy director.

 
 

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