JWT Acquires Majority Stake in Activeark of Finland
Best-in-class Digital Marketing agency to join JWT Network
LONDON, 09 July 2012 – JWT Chief Executive Officer of Europe Toby Hoare announced today that JWT has acquired Activeark, one of Finland’s most prominent digital marketing agencies. This is one of the most significant European acquisitions for JWT in recent history and will create a new brand for clients seeking an exciting proposition for their communication. Activeark is the largest digital agency in Finland and was selected as the agency of the year in 2012.
Founded in 2003 in Helsinki, Finland, Activeark is an international agency focused on creating remarkable user experiences. It has offices in Helsinki, London and Mumbai and works with a range of clients including Hartwall, Nokia and Marimekko.
Markus Hakala, CEO at Activeark, becomes CEO of Activeark JWT Oy. Jean Gallen, Managing Director of JWT Helsinki will be Chairman of the Board and will operatively be in charge of client service. The founder of Activeark, Robin Bade, will focus on the development and overall quality of the service offering. All current owners of Activeark will continue in their operational positions. The Activeark operations in the UK and India will also assume the new name.
Toby Hoare, CEO of JWT Europe said: “This is a major step towards us achieving our ambitions in Finland. The merger catapults Activeark JWT to a top three marketing agency in Finland and brings together a respected global, well-established brand expert with a leading, fast growing, digital marketing agency. We know we will do great and exciting things together as one team.”
Markus Hakala commented: “The merger is a natural answer to client requests and needs. It’s time to stop talking about digital and traditional roles. Consumers’ media consumption is rapidly and constantly changing, and brands need to cope with this to survive. In our new set-up we will be able to deliver customer experiences in all channels, both online and offline.”
Robin Bade says “I believe we are now in a strong position to provide holistic business solutions to our clients and to design superior experiences for consumers. I am therefore delighted for us to join such a network as JWT and together build a story around our complementary skills. ”
Markus Hakala +358 40 562 5492
Jean Gallen +358 400 482 695
Robin Bade +358 40 557 2357
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JWT Helsinki develops modern communication solutions that activate brands, engage consumers and create content for all relevant touch points. Strong FMCG-knowledge, both in branding and advertising, and a deep understanding of the retail environment are our special “fortés”. The multitalented team of 27 professionals is also known for its top-of-the-city service attitude. JWT Helsinki’s revenue was €3,4 in 2011 and its biggest clients are Nestlé, Nokia and Bayer.
Activeark was set up in 2003. The agency is full service built for today’s digital society and works across a number of sectors. The company has offices in Helsinki, London and Mumbai and employs 80 people. Markkinointi&Mainonta magazine named it Agency of the Year in 2012.