Advertising Age reported on the reorganization happening at White advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi. New Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide CEO Robert Senior announced the network would be split into two clusters: Established Markets and Dynamic Markets. “The brands we serve live in a flat, borderless world and our agency must too,” declared Dynamic Markets CEO Justin Billingsley. “To cluster markets based on what they mean to our clients, versus where they are, is smart and I am energized to be leading our dynamic markets, from which the majority of the next half a billion middle class consumers will come.” Gee, this scheme has the makings of a global clusterfuck. BTW, Established Markets include the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Italy, China and Australia; Dynamic Markets include Asia-Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe. Hmmm. It looks like predominately White and non-White segregation and economic colonialism—with the minor exception of China, which is probably too important of a market to be clustered with the dynamic masses. Former Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide CEO Kevin Roberts’ claim to fame was introducing Lovemarks. Not sure what to call Senior’s brainchild yet, but it appears to be driven by the love of money—as well as exclusivity.
Saatchi Reorganizes, U.S. to Report Into Singapore-Based Exec
Network Divides Into ‘Dynamic’ and ‘Established’ Markets
By Emma Hall
In his first move since taking over as Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide CEO on Jan. 1, Robert Senior has ditched the agency’s traditional geographical regional structure and split the network into two clusters: “established markets” and “dynamic markets.”
He banished his own role as CEO for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as Chris Foster’s role as CEO of Asia Pacific. Mr. Foster, who is based in Singapore, will remain chief operating officer of the network, and the CEOs of all established markets—which include the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Italy, China and Australia—will report to him.
Mr. Senior was announced as Kevin Roberts’ successor as CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide in September, as part of a larger reorganization of its parent, Publicis Groupe.
Justin Billingsley, previously chief operating officer for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, was promoted to CEO of dynamic markets, which includes 36 offices across 29 countries in Asia-Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe.
“The brands we serve live in a flat, borderless world and our agency must too,” Mr. Billingsley said in a statement. “To cluster markets based on what they mean to our clients, versus where they are, is smart and I am energized to be leading our dynamic markets, from which the majority of the next half a billion middle class consumers will come.”
Mr. Billingsley, who will also lead M&A for the network, is a former marketer who joined Saatchi & Saatchi in 2009 as regional CEO for Greater China. An Australian, he is based in London and has worked at Unilever, Coca-Cola, Orange and Nokia.
“I am delighted to announce a new, focused operating structure for the business and a well-deserved promotion for Justin,” Mr. Senior said in the statement. “I have known Justin for many years both as a client and a colleague, and his clarity of thought, decision-making and client-side experience make him the ideal choice to lead further growth across our new dynamic markets region.”