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Ogilvy today announced it has been selected by Absolut Vodka as its new global lead creative agency. Ogilvy’s remit will include global strategic and creative duties for the brand, focusing on its lead market priorities.
“Ogilvy is proud to be chosen by Absolut, a globally iconic brand, to be their creative partner for growth,” said Andy Main, Ogilvy’s Global CEO.
“We admire Absolut’s strong heritage of using creativity to drive meaningful connections and influence culture. Our team is excited to use the borderless creativity of Ogilvy’s global network to deliver the innovative work that will win the attention of people around the world.”
Ogilvy was awarded the business after a competitive pitch with an undisclosed roster of global agencies.
“Absolut has an incredible legacy of creating extraordinary and unexpected communications, of being a cultural provocateur,” said Tad Greenough, Absolut’s Global Chief Creative Officer.
“As the brand continues to see tremendous momentum globally, we wanted a network partner that can deliver the strategic and creative excellence that Ogilvy has demonstrated time and time again.”
The review was led on the Absolut side by Tad Greenough, with support from Observatory International, based in London. Ogilvy’s pitch included ideas from global creative teams led by Marcos Kotlhar, Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy New York, and Björn Ståhl, Chief Creative Officer of INGO, and was strategically led by Philip Heimann, Global Chief Marketing & Growth Officer, and Antonis Kocheilas, Global CEO of Advertising.
“We at Absolut are delighted to announce that Ogilvy has been appointed as our global agency network. This is such an important appointment for us and a signal of our intent to work alongside our global markets in a more coordinated and integrated manner while continuing to tap into locally relevant consumer insights. At The Absolut Company, we fundamentally believe that agency partnerships are more effective than transactional supplier relationships,” said Charl Bassil, Global Vice President Marketing at The Absolut Company.
“We know that through genuine partnership, we are able to build open, transparent relationships that include a shared view of success and shared accountability. Ultimately Absolut has been built on the idea that we can create better together. With that in mind, we believe we have found the right partner in Ogilvy led by Philip Heimann, Global Chief Marketing & Growth Officer, and Antonis Kocheilas, Global CEO of Advertising.”
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