Merger of WPP AUNZ’s Switched Into AKQA finished

Merger of WPP AUNZ's Switched On into AKQA completed

The merger involving WPP AUNZ bureaus Switched On and AKQA is currently total, 12 weeks later it had been declared the 2 bureaus will come together.

Under the new arrangement, Switched On managing director, Chris Hitchcock, has come to be the AKQA’s MD social press, reporting to Asia Pacific managing partner Brian Vella.

Hitchcock said besides several hires made within the company,”no additional alterations or restructures into the company apart from the shift in advertising” was made, which Switched On workers kept their existing titles and remits, below the AKQA title.

AKQA’s MD Chris Hitchcock and Asia Pacific managing partner Brian Vella


The conclusion of this merger means the Switched On title will no longer be consistent.

In the time of this statement, WPP AUNZ explained the decision to combine both firms came as a consequence of rising need for”detailed digital alternatives which help define, locate, join and inspire clients across all new interactions”.

The merger has attracted Switched On’s digital advertising and networking capacities into AKQA’s encounter designing enterprise.

Hitchcock explained:”When Switched Initially combined forces with AKQA, it brought together a potent blend of media, technology, information and layout capacities, literally under a single roof.  It is a mix that has definitely been welcomed by the marketplace, and together with customers, with need for our combined capacities continued to develop at a fast speed.

“Based on that achievement, the timing is right to place the finishing touches on the movement and officially retire the Switched On new following 13 years. We are very proud of our background, our job, our team, our customers and spouses under that bannerads. Our partnership with all AKQA has been hugely effective, and driven with a shared set of principles, faith and vision to its future, now’s the opportunity to take the last step and discuss its title.”

Vella included:”We all know the worlds of advertising, technologies and CX rapidly innovate, as do physical and electronic worlds, the requirement to supply holistic brand encounters hasn’t been higher.

“The last 12 weeks has definitely shown the joint strengths of their Switched On and AKQA groups, along with the value which includes designing and linking more touch points across the consumer travel. Our combined success and double-digit expansion so far has been exceptional. I am grateful for everyone’s perspectives and skills to deliver this together positively.”

Since the announcement of this merger in July this past year, AKQA has established a new media capacity in New Zealand and augmented its press solutions in Melbourne.

Earlier in the past that the bureau hired Sive Buckley as Melbourne customer spouse from CHE Proximity and Aryeh Sternberg as Australian manager of technology and media from Sydney.

In February, WPP AUNZ CEO, Jens Monsees, launched his’transformation strategy’ for the company that’ll strip back the amount of brands within its portfolio, concentrate on electronic and technical capacities of its bureaus, and proceed to a’campus’ version in every significant Australian city.

Monsees stated the merger of Switched On and AKQA has been’the best example’ of the hauling company is simplifying its own company.

“In accord with our new approach, the joint capacities of those teams really offer the capacity to craft encounters which are transformative, identifying, and tuned into ROI. They also signify WPP AUNZ’s concentrate on supplying experience across the crucial regions of trade, technology and experience, backed with the very best of information, innovation and creativity. We are eager to see that the last phase of the merger come into fruition and look ahead to AKQA’s ongoing success,” Monsees explained.

Monsees has been named as CEO of WPP AUNZ at May 2019, also took the helm of the company in October.

Recently WPP AUNZ has witnessed a variety of mergers. In May 2017, The White Agency united with Grey Group Australia to make White Grey. Back in September 2018 Y&R and VML were united to make VMLY&R, and a month afterwards WPP announced it was merging JWT and Wunderman to make Wunderman Thompson. Back in September a year its was declared public relations bureaus PPR and BCW would unite under the latter’s new.