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What: Marriott International has selected Publicis Groupe’s SapientRazorfish and Spark Foundry as its AOR to handle global media business.
Why it matters: With 30 brands and 6,500 hotels worldwide, Marriott has had to rethink its media needs and is no longer working with MEC, the agency that handled Marriott’s media business since 2011.

Marriott International, Inc. has announced in a press release the appointment of Publicis Groupe’s SapientRazorfish and Spark Foundry as its agency of record to handle its global media business, overseeing media planning and buying.

The appointment closes a review that started last October to rethink Marriott’s media needs after its acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Publicis Groupe will create a dedicated media unit called Marriott One Media, which will work with Marriott’s internal media teams at a global level.

“We are excited to welcome Publicis Groupe in their new, expanded role, and work together to break new ground,” said Karin Timpone, Global Marketing Officer of Marriott International. “I also want to thank Wavemaker who has provided valuable strategic guidance in media, successfully working with us to launch several award-winning campaigns.”

After the merger with Starwood, Marriott grew to 30 brands with 6,500 hotels in 127 countries. According to Kantar, the company spent $155 million on U.S. measured media in 2017.

“This is a rare opportunity to reimagine our marketing practices in the digital age, and we are confident that Publicis Groupe will help us achieve this vision,” added Timpone. “We’re combining our forces to develop cutting-edge marketing tactics that speak to individual guests worldwide. This personalization at scale will provide enormous value to our business.”

 

 

 

 

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  • Unilever

Consumer goods giant Unilever has consolidated media and global communications planning with Mindshare Media Agency, according to reports.The move is said to facilitate Unilever’s aim to unify the number of global agencies it works with. Indeed, the personal care giant already employs Mindshare to handle much of its global media-buying activity.WPP-owned Mindshare is said to have been awarded the account from Omnicom’s PHD, which incidentally took over the account from Mindshare in 2012.Operations will take place from the Mindshare London office.

 

  • Aeromexico

Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, along with its partner Delta Air Lines, announced the launch of a new route between Portland, Oregon, and Mexico City beginning on December 1, 2017.Portland is one of the fastest growing tech and innovation hubs in the United States, and it is recognized as a major center for entrepreneurship and business development that could attract new investment opportunities with this route.Service on the route is provided with Boeing 737-800 aircraft featuring 160 passenger seas.Thus, Aeromexico and Delta Air Lines restate their commitment to offering high-quality service to more destinations in Mexico and the United States.

 

 

 

  • Conrad Hotels 

Conrad Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Conrad Cartagena, the brand’s first hotel in Colombia and third in Latin America.In early 2018, the property will also unveil an additional 159 rooms.Conveniently located 20 minutes from the Rafael Nunez International Airport, Conrad Cartagena offers more than 24,000-square-feet of flexible event space, including a 9,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom and five 500-square-foot meetings rooms.Hilton currently has a portfolio of more than 100 hotels and resorts open and welcoming travelers in Latin America, including 14 properties in Colombia.The company is actively pursuing additional Latin American growth opportunities and currently has a robust pipeline of more than 70 hotels throughout the region, including more than ten projects in Colombia.

 

 

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  • WAVEMAKER

Wavemaker, GroupM’s new media agency created from MEC and Maxus merger, disembarks in Argentina. Led by Daniel Coscia, the agency will have Toyota, Musimundo, Colgate Palmolive and Prisma amongst its’ clients. The agency will operate from MEC’s former offices in the neighborhood of Belgrano, in Buenos Aires. Wavemaker has offices in 90 countries and more than 8,500 employees. L Oréal, Vodafone, Marriott and Netflix are among its main global clients.

 

 

 

  • Hilton

Hilton announced plans to welcome the luxury Waldorf Astoria Cancun and the all-inclusive Hilton Cancun resort to the global hospitality company’s growing portfolio in Mexico. Developed by Parks Hospitality and set to open in 2021, the neighboring properties will feature distinct characteristics and amenities across 100 acres of Caribbean beachfront. Hilton currently has a portfolio of more than 100 hotels and resorts open and welcoming travelers in Latin America, including more than 50 in Mexico. The company is actively pursuing additional Latin American growth opportunities and currently has a robust pipeline of more than 70 hotels throughout the region, including nearly 30 projects in Mexico. This year, Hilton has opened seven hotels across four brands in the country, including the in-market debut of the Conrad Hotels & Resorts brand in San Luis Potosi.

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  • Hilton 

Hilton is committed to expand in Latin America. The hotel chain has grown its porfolio surpassing 100 hotels in the region. During the 12 months ended June 30, 2017, Hilton signed approximately 30 new deals, maintaining a robust pipeline of more than 70 properties in Latin America; and opened 15 new hotels, including six, which debuted this year in Brazil, Mexico and Uruguay. As one of the top tourist destinations in the region, Argentina remains a key market for the company. Hilton currently has three hotels open, including Hilton Buenos Aires, Hilton Garden Inn Tucuman and Anselmo Buenos Aires, Curio Collection by Hilton. Across the region, approximately 60 percent of Hilton’s projects are driven by focused-service brands, such as Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton. The company’s current portfolio in Latin America includes nine brands, while its expansion plans in the region span seven of the company’s existing brands: Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Curio Collection by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton. Hilton maintains a strong pipeline of more than 70 projects and 11,300 rooms across Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Peru. By the end of 2017, Hilton is planning to open approximately 20 hotels, including the six already added to the portfolio this year.

  • AT&T

AT&T is said to be considering  selling its’ Latam assets, according to reports. Specifically, it will be sellling the Latin American pay TV arm of its business in an attempt to reduce debt. . The sale, if it goes ahead, could be worth anywhere in the region of US$8 billion. AT&T may decide to sell its Latin American operations which include satellite and cable television services in Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina but has made it clear that no matter what happens it will retain its assets in Mexico, where it has already invested in wireless services, beginning with its acquisition of DirecTV in 2015.  As of the second quarter of 2017, AT&T has roughly 13 million subscribers in the Latam region, excluding Mexico. The company generated US$1.4 billion in revenue in the region.

  • Havas Group Colombia

As part of its 20th anniversary in Colombia, multinational Havas Group announced during the celebration event a series of initiatives that it will be implementing in the coming months. According to Ignacio Iglesias, CEO & Country Manager Havas Colombia & Central Latam (Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela), the group will enter the Colombian market with a model that radically changed media planning and buying by carrying out various initiatives with the different industry ‘actors’ like companies, universities and executives, to help growing communications in Colombia. Havas Group opened its offices in Colombia under the name MPG (Media Planning Group) with 17 employees. To date, Havas Group has a team of more than 350 people and is planning creative, traditional & digital media planning and buying solutions based on innovation and intelligent use of data.

 

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  • WPP

Holding company WPP has combined five of its brand consultancies and design agencies — Brand Union, The Partners, Lambie-Nairn, Addison Group and VBAT — to form one large global brand agency that will launch in January 2018. The new agency, which does not have a name yet, will have a combined staff of 750 people in over 20 countries, with client billings of more than US$100 million worldwide. The entity will be led by Jim Prior as global CEO and Simon Bolton as executive chairman. Back in June, WPP announced it was combining MEC and Maxus into a new entity called Wavemaker. On the same month, Mindshare absorbed Ogilvy’s Neo and in July, the holding company merged Possible into Wunderman.

 

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  • Barclays

Barclays, a financial services company, has moved its global media account to Omnicom Group following a review that began earlier this year, according to sources.WPP’s Maxus, now in the process of merging with sibling agency MEC into a new entity called Wavemaker, was the incumbent.Barclays spends around US$80 million on measured media annually according to Campaign.

 

 

 

 

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  • Radisson Red

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has announced the entrance of its lifestyle select brand, Radisson Red, into Latin America.Radisson Red Campinas has opened just outside of São Paulo, Brazil in partnership with Atlantica Hotels International.  Radisson Red Campinas joins Radisson Red Brussels and Radisson Red Minneapolis and Radisson Red Cape Town will open on September 12.

 

 

  • Wavemaker

WPP new media agency, formed by the in-house merger of existing shops MEC and Maxus, has been dubbed Wavemaker. The merger was announced back in June. With US$38 billion in billings, the resulting entity is being positioned as a “media, content and technology agency.” The merged agency network comprises 8,500 people serving clients in 90 countries via 139 offices around the world. According to the agency, the staff includes a mix of digital, data, content and platform/technology experts. Major global clients include L’Oréal, Vodafone, Marriott, Colgate-Palmolive and Paramount. Tim Castree will be the global CEO of MEC and Wavemaker Publicis Media veteran Amanda Richman would be joining in October as CEO of Wavemaker’s U.S. operations. The full rollout is expected to be completed by January 2018.

  • Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz-Carlton hotel chain has decided to take luxury to the seas by launching its own cruise business. Marriott International Group’s Ritz-Carlton brand is embarking on a new venture offering high-end cruises on luxury yachts. It has called this new business, which will start with three yachts, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection.The yachts will provide the same standard of personalised service as the Ritz-Carlton hotels on terra firma. Capacity has been deliberately kept down to 298 passengers so as to give each guest full attention. Accommodation includes 149 suites, each with its own private balcony. Two sizable duplex penthouses will accommodate the most fortunate passengers.The food onboard will be of the same high standard as served in Ritz-Carlton restaurants around the world. Other amenities include a spa, a wine bar and a Panorama Lounge.The yachts will sail for seven to 10 days in a variety of locations including the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, northern Europe and Latin America.Reservations open in May 2018. The first yacht is expected to set sail in the fourth quarter of 2019.

  • Despegar

LatAm leading online travel company Despegar.com has registered an amended F-1 form with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in regards with its initial public offering (IPO). The company intends to price its 12.77 million shares in the range of US$23 to US$26 per share, with an overallotment option for an additional 1.92 million shares. At the maximum price, the entire offering is valued up to US$381.82 million. The Latin American company is known by its two brands, Despegar, the global brand, and Decolar, the Brazilian brand. The company has a comprehensive product offering, including airline tickets, packages, hotels and other travel-related products, which enables consumers to find, compare, plan and purchase travel products easily through its marketplace.

 

 

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  • Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is taking more media buying in-house, according to Digiday. The brand has a small team of media buyers buying inventory directly from demand-side platforms such as Adobe Advertising Cloud (formerly TubeMogul) and Google’s DoubleClick Bid Manager. A quarter of Pernod Ricard’s digital media is bought by its own media buyers rather than its agencies. Pernod Ricard’s own burgeoning media expertise is meant to give it a better understanding of its investments, while simultaneously easing the eroding margins of its agencies. Like it has done with its in-house content-production team, Pernod Ricard takes on more of the day-to-day costs of managing its media investments such as adapting content for different channels and localizing assets, while its’ agencies are tasked with the strategy and creative responsibilities.

 

  • Wavemaker

WPP new media agency, formed by the in-house merger of existing shops MEC and Maxus, has been dubbed Wavemaker. The merger was announced back in June. With US$38 billion in billings, the resulting entity is being positioned as a “media, content and technology agency.” The merged agency network comprises 8,500 people serving clients in 90 countries via 139 offices around the world. According to the agency, the staff includes a mix of digital, data, content and platform/technology experts. Major global clients include L’Oréal, Vodafone, Marriott, Colgate-Palmolive and Paramount. Tim Castree will be the global CEO of MEC and Wavemaker Publicis Media veteran Amanda Richman would be joining in October as CEO of Wavemaker’s U.S. operations. The full rollout is expected to be completed by January 2018.

 

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  • NESCAFÉ Clásico

Casanova McCann created a new campaign for NESCAFÉ Clásico with Latin superstar Ricky Martin, which is the fourth consecutive year of this creative partnership. Produced by Letca Films and directed by Jorge Colon, the campaign includes TV, radio, OLVs, in-store and digital media. The campaign was shot in Mexico in between Ricky Martin’s latest concert tour dates. The campaign will launch in the U.S. later this year.

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Barclays

Barclays, a financial services company, has moved its global media account to Omnicom Group following a review that began earlier this year, according to sources.WPP’s Maxus, now in the process of merging with sibling agency MEC into a new entity called Wavemaker, was the incumbent.Barclays spends around US$80 million on measured media annually according to Campaign.

 

 

 

 

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  • Lego

Toy manufacturer the Lego Group has launched a review of its global media planning and buying business, according to AdWeek. Lego might be looking to consolidate its media duties into one agency network. Starcom is the US incumbent since 2000.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Elizabeth Arden

WPP’s MediaCom has won  global media duties for Elizabeth Arden, effective July 1. PHD was the incumbent. Arden spent an estimated US$22 million on ads in the U.S. last year down from US$27 million in 2015, according to Kantar Media. Global figures weren’t available but most of the client’s ad expenditures are earmarked for the U.S., per sources. MediaCom is the media agency for Revlon, which purchased Elizabeth Arden last year for US$870 million. The client decided it made business sense to consolidate the accounts under one agency.

 

 

 

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  • MEC/ Maxus

WPP’s media buying unit GroupM has merged media agencies MEC and Maxus to cut costs, since the two agencies have overlapping capabilities. There isn’t a name yet to the firm that will be led by MEC CEO Tim Castree. GroupM will invest the savings from the merger to expand digital agency Essence, which GroupM acquired in 2015, into a data-driven full-service media shop. Essence will be able to apply digital and addressable techniques to traditional media channels like TV, out of home and radio. The Maxus and MEC merger follows similar moves at other major agency  holding companies to streamline commoditized media buying services.

 

  • Grupo Axo

Grupo Axo, a leading multi-brand retailer in Mexico, announced that General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity firm, has agreed to make a strategic investment in the Company. As part of this transaction, Alsea, a leading Mexican multi-brand restaurant operator, will be fully exiting its position in the Company. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and authorization by the Mexican Antitrust Commission.Grupo Axo is one of the largest and fastest growing retailers in Mexico, operating over 500 retail points of sale and more than 3,100 wholesale points of sale in department stores. The Company owns the exclusive rights to commercialize more than 20 leading international brands in Mexico, under licensing agreements and joint ventures. Grupo Axo owns and operate Promoda, the leading off-price retailer in Mexico with 140 stores.Grupo Axo intends to drive its next phase of growth by enhancing its retail footprint through its licensed brands, bringing more internationally prominent brands to the region, and continuing to expand its off-price business’s, Promoda’s, reach to consumers. In conjunction with General Atlantic’s investment, Luis Cervantes, Martin Escobari and Andrew Ferrer will be joining Grupo Axo’s Board of Directors. General Atlantic has deep regional expertise across Latin America, with current regional investments in Clip, Despagar.com, Ourofino, Pague Menos, SAS, Sanfer, and XP Investimentos.

 

  • Nestle

Swiss-based food company Nestle SA is creating thousands of jobs and investing in new factories in Latin America as it looks to tackle social issues and shore up its position in one of its strongest marketsThe initiative follows a similar project carried out by Nestle in Europe in recent years, where some countries are just beginning to recover from a youth unemployment crisis.The company employs some 60,000 people in roles ranging from factory operatives to veterinarians in Latin America.

 

 

 

  • Cargill

Cargill Inc. has acquired a leading chicken company in Colombia, marking its foray into that nation’s protein market.The Minnetonka-based agribusiness giant announced Thursday the purchase of Pollos El Bucanero S.A. — or Bucanero Chicken — for an undisclosed sum. The company is a consumer brand, selling packaged chicken and processed meats in retail stores and through food service ­channels.Bucanero has been in the chicken business for more than 30 years and has grown quickly. Cargill appointed Jorge Ivan Duque, who has spent 12 years working in the poultry sector in Central America and Colombia, as general manager of its Pollos Bucanero business.It will operate under Cargill Protein Latin America, which has businesses in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.Bucanero, which sources from more than 170 farms across Colombia, employs about 5,000 people in the country. These employees bring Cargill’s total workforce in Latin America to 35,000 across 14 countries.

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  • Sprint

Sprint Corp. has moved its US$700 million media account from Publicis Groupe‘s Mediavest Spark to independent media agency Horizon Media following a review that kicked off in January. The telecom giant also held a cretive review last year, when it selected Droga5 as its creative AOR. Sprint spent around US$700 million on U.S. media in 2016, according to Kantar Media. Mediavest | Spark was handling the assignment since 2011. Sprint’s multicultural and Hispanic business will now be run, according to Portada’s Interactive Database of Corporate Marketers and Agency Executives, by Karina Dobarro,VP Managing Director, Multicultural Brand Strategy, and Jerly Marquez, Director, Multicultural Brand Strategy, who both lead Horizon’s multicultural business. Oscar Meza, Manager – Hispanic Media and Community Relations Sprint, confirmed the agency will handle Sprint’s multicultural business and added: “We are still working on the transition and will know more down the line who will handle what areas.”Also, Miami-based agency Alma DDB won Sprint’s Hispanic Creative business in 2015.

  • Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi Motors has launched a creative review for its U.S. advertising business. Incumbent 180LA will not participate.The review will not affect Omnicom’s PHD, which has handled media planning and buying for Mitsubishi since 2004.Mitsubishi reported a US$1.6 billion loss for fiscal year 2016.Mitsubishi Motors North America spent approximately US$95 million on measured media in the U.S. in 2016, according to the latest numbers from Kantar Media. That total marked an increase over its US$82 million 2015 budget.

 

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  • MEC/ Maxus

WPP’s media buying unit GroupM has merged media agencies MEC and Maxus to cut costs, since the two agencies have overlapping capabilities. There isn’t a name yet to the firm that will be led by MEC CEO Tim Castree. GroupM will invest the savings from the merger to expand digital agency Essence, which GroupM acquired in 2015, into a data-driven full-service media shop. Essence will be able to apply digital and addressable techniques to traditional media channels like TV, out of home and radio. The Maxus and MEC merger follows similar moves at other major agency  holding companies to streamline commoditized media buying services.

  • Elizabeth Arden

WPP’s MediaCom has won  global media duties for Elizabeth Arden, effective July 1. PHD was the incumbent. Arden spent an estimated US$22 million on ads in the U.S. last year down from US$27 million in 2015, according to Kantar Media. Global figures weren’t available but most of the client’s ad expenditures are earmarked for the U.S., per sources. MediaCom is the media agency for Revlon, which purchased Elizabeth Arden last year for US$870 million. The client decided it made business sense to consolidate the accounts under one agency.

 

 

 

  • Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line is looking for a new U.S. creative agency for the first time since 2008. AOR Arnold Worldwide was the icumbent for 9 years.Carnival Cruise is the most popular brand owned by parent company Carnival Corporation, which employs several agencies. The change won’t affect the brand’s relationship with Omnicom’s PHD, which won the global buying account last year. According to Kantar Media, Carnival spent less than us$27 million promoting its biggest brand last year. 2008 estimates pegged the value of the account at us$70-80 million.

  • Lego

Toy manufacturer the Lego Group has launched a review of its global media planning and buying business, according to AdWeek. Lego might be looking to consolidate its media duties into one agency network. Starcom is the US incumbent since 2000.

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  • Hertz’s

PROG 2 (2)WPP’s MEC is car rental company Hertz new media agency of record in the US, Canada and Latin America.MEC will replace incumbent agency Florida-based FKQ Advertising.The win follows a “media pitch which consolidates media investment, planning, strategy, digital, SEM, SEO, mobile, analytics and insight, and affiliate marketing with one agency,” according to MEC.In 2015, the company reported total advertising costs of US$170 million.

 

 

  • Harley-Davidson

5PbTWa3G_400x400Harley-Davidson has selected a customized team from a range of Interpublic Group agencies to handle its global creative, media and digital marketing account.The team is Headquartered in Detroit, with regional hubs in New York, London and Singapore.The newly-created Team Ignite is comprised of creative and strategic resources drawn from a range of IPG agencies. The partnership will also be executed across Harley’s top 12 country markets, which includes the U.S., Brazil, France, DACH region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), Italy, UK, Australia, India, Japan and China. Publicis Groupe’s Starcom and Digitas are also no longer on Harley’s agency roster.

 

  • ESPN/Rio 2016 Olympic Games

nnnESPN has unveiled its roster of major pan-regional sponsors for ESPN’s coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Gillette, Issey Miyake Parfums, Marriott and Samsung Electronics are among the brands that will be showcased across ESPN networks throughout Latin America and the Caribbean during its more than 2,800 hours of multimedia coverage of Rio 2016. ESPN will bring fans closer to Rio 2016 by allowing brands to enhance their messaging and connect with consumers across the region via ESPN’s highly-localized content.In addition, local advertisers will be featured in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Central America.ESPN digital platforms will complement the television coverage with daily news, updates, and immediate video reporting and results. ESPN’s social media channels will also feature special content with dedicated reporters onsite.

 

 

  • Nacional Monte de Piedad

MQprj7nM_400x400Initiative, IPG Mediabrands’ global communication network and part of Interpublic Group, welcomes its new client Nacional Monte de Piedad, I.A.P. Nacional Monte de Piedad was founded in 1775 and has become the oldest financial institution in the Americas. IAP is a Private Assistance Institution which has over 320 branches across the country and helps those in need through car loans, financial services and investment. The initiative’s team will work together with IAP’s marketing team within the institution to conduct marketing activities and brand products. The team will also handle consulting and analysis of traditional online and offline media.

 

 

  • Aeromexico

Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, announced its plan to add more frequencies on five of its principal international routes during summer 2017.The carrier will significantly increase flights to Amsterdam, London, Madrid, Shanghai, and Santiago on a weekly basis. In Europe, Aeromexico will offer daily flights from Mexico City to Amsterdam and London Heathrow. The carrier will also increase its seat capacity to Madrid by 15%, giving a total of 12 flights per week.The airline is also planning to increase its service to Asia by more than 65%, which gives Shanghai five flights per week. In South America, a daily service to Santiago, Chile, will also be added to the current service of five flights per week.All these new frequencies are already available in our different sales channels.

 

 

  • Grey

descargaWPP’s global marketing agency Grey has acquired a majority stake in Ecuadorian full-service communications firm Maruri Publicidad SA, according to M&M Global. Maruri is a market leader in Ecuador, with gross revenues of almost US$10m in December 2015.Based in Guayaquil with an office in Quito, it works with clients including DIRECTV and SABMiller.The acquisition comes as part of WPP’s strategy to invest in faster-growing markets such as Latin America.

 

  • Nissan

9MmPsdT1Nissan reportedly paid about US$250 million to sponsor the games, a campaign that highlights its recent investment in Brazil and a brazen bet that the country’s battered economy is on the verge of recovery. The company is using the games to unveil a new compact sport utility vehicle, the first time any major automaker, Nissan included, has ever used Brazil to launch a model destined for a global market.The CUV, called the Kicks, was conceived with the help of Nissan’s Rio design team.Nissan hopes to sell 50,000 Kicks in Latin America in the next 12 months. The price for a fully loaded model starts at about 85,000 reais (us$26,850). For now, Nissan will import the new CUVs from Mexico. Then the company plans to add production at its new 2.6 billion reais factory in Resende, an industrial town 160 km northwest of Rio. The company introduced a campaign on TV and online featuring Huck, a high-profile Brazilian talk-show host. Most of it is typical, factory-tour stuff, but in one stunt, Huck whisked an unsuspecting 22-year-old Brazilian salesman out of the Rio airport to Japan, where they eat sushi, try to sell perfumed Brazilian panties on the streets of Tokyo, and eventually tour a Nissan factory.

 

 

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What: Furnishings giant Ikea has decided to conduct a global media agency review.
Why it matters: For its US $400 million annual marketing account, Ikea works with various shops across five holding companies for planning and buying  GroupM’s MEC, which has the U.S. assignment, is likely going to participate in the review.

descargaFurnishings giant Ikea joins the group of big marketers that have launched media agencies reviews (Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, Mondelez, L’Oréal and Johnson & Johnson, among others.)

The Netherlands-headquartered company has decided to conduct a global global media agency review for its US$ 400 million annual marketing and advertising account. The review will be handled by Consultancy ID Comms. In US alone, the company is said to had spent US$100 million in 2009.

Ikea works with various shops across five holding companies for planning and buying in other global geographies. GroupM’s MEC, which has the U.S. assignment, is among those companies and will most probably participate in the review. Dentsu Aegis Network has the business in the UK. In Asia, Ikea works with Vizeum in Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.

The company said it would continue to work with its incumbent agencies in each local market during the review process.

“As part of our commitment to the ongoing improvement of our media and marketing governance, IKEA periodically evaluates all marketing service suppliers to ensure we maintain the best working relationships with the best agency partners. IKEA is currently in the process of reviewing its media agency suppliers globally,” said Ikea through a statement.

What: Fast food giant Taco Bell has consolidated its traditional media assignment with Publicis Groupe’s SMG’s Spark after a formal review. Digitas, also part of Publicis Groupe,  continues to handle digital media planning and buying.
Why it matters: Mec, a unit within WPP’s GroupM, was the incumbent. Spark already handles strategy and planning for Taco Bell since 2012.

vFkj_MHn_400x400Following a formal review, fast food giant Taco Bell has consolidated its traditional media assignment with Publicis Groupe’s SMG’s Spark, worth around US$300 million.Mec, a unit within WPP’s GroupM, was the incumbent.

Spark had already handled strategy and planning for Taco Bell since winning those duties in 2012 after a review. Now Taco Bell has placed its buying assignment with Spark as well. (Check out our recent agency profile of Spark)

Digitas, also part of Publicis Groupe,  continues to handle digital media planning and buying.

Spark has been under a hot streak lately , as it has also won media agency of record duties for Valspar, the paint company, a week ago.

Juliet Corsinita, vice president, media and brand partnerships, Taco Bell Corp., confirmed the move.

A summary for Corporate Marketers, Media Sales Executives and Advertising Agencies to see what clients are moving into the Latin American market and/or targeting Latin American consumers right now.

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 :::  Starbucks Corporation/ Panamá ::: MEC – General Electrics ::: F.Biz – Claro Brazil ::: “Los Lucchettinis” – agency Madre ::: Coca-Cola/ Global :::

  • Starbucks Corporation/ Panamá

Qr3G_Yqo_400x400Coffee company, Starbucks Corporation, recently announced the opening of its first store in Panama. The store is a  collaboration with its long-term licensing partner in Central America, Premium Restaurants of America (PRA).Panama is Starbucks’ 15th market in Latin America. PRA already operates 19 Starbucks stores in the region, including those in El Salvador, Guatemala and Costa Rica. Located in the Street Mall shopping center in Panama City, the new store will feature Starbucks Reserve collection of small-batch coffees, including Panama Carmen Estate Coffee. We note that Starbucks is not exactly new in Panama as the company acquires coffee from several farms in the country, namely, Carmen Estate, Los Cantares Estate, La Florentina, San Benito and Hacienda La Esmeralda.The company further plans to open 20 stores in Panama City over the next five years, in collaboration with PRA. This program is expected to generate employment for more than 2,400 people in Panama City.Starbucks has been operating in Latin America since 2002, running over 870 stores in 14 markets.

  • General Electric/Argentina

dfMEC is General Electrics’ new media agency. For the appliances manufacturer new print media campaign launch, MEC will have a team lead by the director of client services, Eric Camaño; director of MP & B, Valeria Guarrochena; and account director, Maria Cecilia Terrana.

 

  • Claro/Brazil

KH3uSJyr_400x400F.Biz, agency owned by WPP, has won the Claro’s digital account in Brazil. The agency will handle all digital TV and mobile strategy in the Brazilian market. Marcelo Siqueira and Marcelo Torma, creative directors of the subsidiary, will be leading the new account.

 

A summary for Corporate Marketers, Media Sales Executives and Advertising Agencies to see what clients are moving into the Latin American market and/or targeting Latin American consumers right now.

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 ::: Coca-Cola – UM,Starcom Mediavest, Ogilvy&Mather  ::: MEC- Mabe ::: McDonald´s/ Argentina ::: Gap – Lowe Ginkgo ::: Agency Made –  Jose Cuervo Especial ::: “Siblings”/ Go-Gurt, General Mills :::

  • Coca-Cola/ Global

imagesUM has displaced Publicis Groupe’s Starcom Mediavest as Coca-Cola’s main media agency. Starcom is still on the roster and a new addition is Ogilvy, which Coke wants to help with planning. Coke spends over US$400m in the US. Starcom, WPP’s MediaCom and Carat will still work on Coke business outside the US. In Mexico, MediaCom is in charge of buying and planning media for Coca Cola.

  • Mabe/Argentina

RNrtsl4U_400x400MEC, the media agency owned by WPP Group, has announced that its Argentinian subsidiary will work for Mabe. The multinational production, design and distribution of home appliances company has chosen the agency to develop its media strategy in time for the brand’s relaunching. Eric Caamaño, client service director of MEC, will lead the team that will work with the new client. Along with him, Valeria Guarrochena, director of MP&B; and Maria Cecilia Terrana, account director, will take care of developing strategic planning, negotiation and recruitment of media spaces for Mabe. Mabe joins the media agency portfolio brands like Toyota, Sony , Musimundo, Freddo, Energizer and Netflix, among others.

  • McDonald´s/ Argentina

Colección libros_20000 Leguas Viaje Submarino_Cajita Feliz Colección libros_Rapunzel_Cajita FelizMcDonald’s has launched a new collection of books with its Happy Meal to promote reading as a fun activity for kids. McDonald’s Happy Meal includes 6 options of illustrated books with classic tales and educational content to encourage the habit of reading in children. Each story also brings an stickers and a cardboard accessory to build the characters and continue creating histories in family. Through McDonald’s Happy Meal children will discover 4 classic tales known as Los hermanos Grimm, Verne, Quiroga e Hinojosa, and 2 educational content books, illustrated in a fun and engaging way.The titles are: : Rapunzel, 20.000 Leguas de Viaje Submarino, La Tortuga gigante, Las orejas de Urbano, Jugando con momias y pirámides and Jugando con castillos medievales. As a result of 2014 McDonald’s books programs and so far in 2015, more than 7,5 million have been already delivered throughout Latin America through the Happy Meal. The aim of this program is to foster in children an essential habit for self-education: reading. The company will launch monthly a different title in an Interactive Digital Book through its “McPlay” app, where children can discover and read more than 12 titles.

  • Gap/Uruguay/Paraguay

fXXYC2sI_400x400The renowned clothing store Gap has picked  Lowe Ginkgo as its agency in Uruguay and Paraguay, to handle communication. The agency will provide communication services, creative campaigns, productions, digital channels and media management in the Uruguayan and Paraguayan markets. In the latter, Lowe Ginkgo has been working for almost  a year. Gap has two stores in Uruguay and one in Paraguay.

  • José Cuervo Especial/ México

Untitled_1_400x400Agency Made, led by Yosu Arangüena and Cristian Rocha, has won the Jose Cuervo Especial tequila account. After two years working for Casa Cuervo with its Kraken and Boost products,the agency adds the flagship brand to its clients portfolio.Other clients are Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Kraken, Boost, Dormimundo, Playboy, Stabilo, Baby mundo and Museo de Memoria y Tolerancia.

  • “Siblings”/ Go-Gurt, General Mills

descarga (6)Bromley multicultural agency has released its latest commercial for the kids’ yogurt brand Go-Gurt, of General Mills, before closing  its offices on July 31, after almost 34 years of publicity work. The effort was directed by Santiago Chaumont, of Madrefoca producer. ”Siblings” shows the fanciful confrontation between a giant teddy bear and a masked warrior, with imagination as the core of the message.

What:MEC has announced the rebranding of MEC Bravo, one of the leading Hispanic media agencies, to MEC Multicultural.
Why it matters: The move reflects the agency’s expansion into broader consumer segments. Led by Vilma Vale-Brennan in New York, the practice will continue to deliver  integrated communications plans backed by relevant insights to connect with Hispanic, African America and Asian audiences.

descargaMEC has announced the rebranding of MEC Bravo, one of the leading Hispanic media agencies, to MEC Multicultural to reflect the agency’s expansion into broader consumer segments.

descargaLed by Vilma Vale-Brennan in New York, the practice will continue to deliver genuinely integrated communications plans backed by culturally-relevant insights to connect with Hispanic, African America and Asian audiences.

MEC Multicultural leverages the agency’s proprietary analytics and insights tools such as Total Reach   (reach/budget optimization) and Nuevo American™ (custom segmentation models) to humanize data and identify cultural insights and trends that drive precise ROI models.

Speaking on the announcement, Managing Partner, Vilma Vale-Brennan said, “The new America has a different face.  We have Kaleidoscope families – one in three African American households are headed by single women, nearly half of households are multi-generational, and empty-nesters comprise the largest type of family in the US. We believe that this is one of the most fundamental trends shaping the broader media industry, and we are investing considerable resources into strategies that serve the needs of a new general market.”

Marla Kaplowitz, CEO, MEC North America, added, “Multicultural communications goes beyond demographics. It requires a nuanced understanding of consumer’s lifestyles, motivations, cultural values and differences, as well as how they are interacting and consuming every day media. MEC Multicultural is a natural extension of the work we deliver for our clients in the Hispanic space. Our proven leadership and access to data will allow us to help marketers connect more deeply with today’s increasingly multicultural footprint.”

Vilma added, “While the demographic shift to a majority minority nation is relatively easy to measure, the resulting cultural shifts are not. A heterogeneous American majority means that there is no longer a universally shared idea of what it means to be American. Rather, the idea of being American falls along a spectrum of personal experiences within cultural contexts. We surface relevant, informative and trustworthy insights of the multicultural consumer to build truly tailored communications solutions for our clients.”

The agency has created targeted campaign activations for clients such as AT&T, Marriott, KFC, Citi and Campbell’s, and continues to expand assignments with both existing and new clients, including in the beauty and energy sectors.

Fernando-Monedero-colorPortada interviewed #Portadalat Speaker Fernando Monedero, Head of Digital Latin America, at MEC. Ad-Tech will be an important part of the great content at #Portadalat (Miami June 3-4) , with key topics represented like RTB, Programmatic Buying as well as Online Video Technologies. Major Ad-Tech related speakers will include Erich Wasserman, Founder and CRO, MediaMath and Dr. Shay David, CRO and Co-Founder, Kaltura. We thought it would be good to talk to Fernando Monedero so he could share his thoughts on Ad-Tech’s adoption in Latin America and other topics.

Portada: At what stage do you think is the adoption of Ad-Tech in Latin America?

Fernando Monedero, Head of Digital Latin America, MEC: “LatAm it’s definitely following the path of more mature markets like the U.S. or the UK but their level of tech development and adoption depends on each category, for instance Luxury brands are still finding their way to programmatic buys, trying to guarantee their brand quality requirements (ie. 100% SOV & viewability) and at the same time Travel is very digital savvy and communicating based on very detailed audience analysis and cookies segmentation.”

LATAM it’s definitely following the path of more mature markets as US or UK

Portada:What are the main challenges when it comes to accelerate this adoption?

F.M: “The fear of testing and the political and economic instability in some LatAm countries.”

Portada: You mentioned that the creation and distribution of content is one of the main challenges in Latin American marketing right now. Can you please ellaborate?

F.M: “With the evolution of social media, we are able to understand the consumers interest and needs, the challenge is now how to build our communication strategies based on that and develop new content for them, go from story-telling strategies to story-building approach.”

Portada: What is your view of Brazil, how is the country’s slower economic growth impacting Brazilian marketing and media?

F.M: “With more than 100MM internet users, Brazil is the biggest market with a lot opportunities to reach. Adverting investment will continue growing in the coming years and media will be improving their capabilities day per day.”

 CHECK OUT other interviews with #PortadaLat Speakers
Tomás Salvagni (Clarin): “Ad-Tech Picked Up Fast in Latin America”
Genomma Lab’s Ruben Leo Sarmiento on the Strategy of one of LatAm’s largest Advertisers

A summary for Corporate Marketers, Media Sales Executives and Advertising Agencies to see what clients are moving into the Latin American market and/or targeting Latin American consumers right now.

CHECK OUT PORTADA’S INTERACTIVE DIRECTORY OF COROPORATE MARKETERS AND AGENCY EXECUTIVES TARGETING LATIN AMERICANS! If you want additional information or to acquire the database, please call Matt Eberhardt 347-961-9516 or e-mail him at matte@portada-online.comSEE A DEMO OF THE DIRECTORY!

::: Brown-Forman- Mediavest ::: W+K Brasil – Old Spice ::: Blackrock – Mindshare -MEC  ::: Absolut Vodka-AnalogFolka ::: WPP -IBM :::

  • Brown-Forman

descarga (5)Brown-Forman has awarded its global media account to Publicis’ MediaVest (NOTE: not Starcom as incorrectly stated in the subject of our 12/8/2014 Latam E-letter) following a four month review.The agency will replace incumbent UM, which also participated in the final review. Other agencies competing for the account included Maxus and Zenith Media. UM held the account for over a decade. According to Kantar Media the company spent US$52m on advertising in the US in 2013 and works with several brands such as Jack Daniel’s, Chambord, Early Times, Old Forester and Southern Comfort.

  • Old Spice

oldSpice_W-K-W+K Brasil is P&G’s Old Spice brand agency. Old Spice was handled by agency Grey. Due to this agency shift, the firm will more frequently use the image of Terry Crews, the brand’s advertising ambassador in the United States for the last four years, in its Brazilian campaigns. Grey was in charge of positioning Old Spice in the Brazilian market, following the brand’s first campaign launch starring actor Malvino Salvador. The move is part of an international brand alignment with its global partners; hence it has shifted to Wieden & Kennedy Brazil.

  • Blackrock

descargaGlobal asset management company Blackrock has appointed WPP’s Mindshare and MEC to handle its global media account. Blackrock, which spent over US $400m on marketing and promotions in 2013, has opted for the GroupM agencies over Carat, part of Dentsu Aegis, and Omnicom’s PHD.Mindshare will pick up the business in the U.S, Europe and Latin America, while MEC – the incumbent on the account – will continue to handle Canada and Asia.

  • Absolut Vodka

descarga (2)Absolut Vodka has appointed digital agency AnalogFolk to handle its global social media, following a pitch.The agency, which has offices in London, New York and Sydney, already has Pernod Ricard-owned brands Chivas and Malibu as clients.AnalogFolk will be responsible for continuing the spirit brand’s new “storytelling” marketing strategy via social media channels, branded content and editorial publishing.

  • IBM

Martin_Sorrell-WPP has signed a US$ 1.25 million with IBM that will allow the US giant manage their operations in La Nube. As part of this seven-year agreement, WPP will be able to innovate in digital services that will be run and managed with a global hybrid cloud infrastructure created by IBM.The deal may be extended with WPP using large data and analysis to improve its’ creative process, accelerate the launch of new products and services and encourage greater horizontal communication and collaboration across multiple brands.

What: MEC has named Renato de Paula new Regional CEO for Latin America.
Why it matters: Renato replaces Michael Jones, who is leaving MEC after 19 years. He will be based in Miami and start in October.

descarga (8)MEC has announced the arrival of Renato de Paula as the new Regional CEO for Latin America. Renato replaces Michael Jones, who after 19 years with MEC is retiring from the industry.

Renato de Paula was previously at Havas Worldwide, where he held a dual role as CEO of their offices in Mexico and Colombia and as the Regional Director of Havas Worldwide Digital across Latin America. He started his career in 1988 at Ogilvy Sao Paulo and between 1991 and 1997 also worked at Wunderman. During his 15 years with Ogilvy and Ogilvy One he held senior management positions in New York, Sao Paulo and Miami. He joined the Havas Worldwide group in 2011. In 2013 he was named by AdLatina as one of Latin America’s Top Advertising Executives.

RenatoDePaula_300dpiA Brazilian national, Renato will be based in Miami starting in October and joins MEC’s Global Executive Committee. Renato joins a new regional Latin America line-up: Ruben Domingues – Head of Strategy and Integrated Planning, LATAM, Jose Miranda – Head of Analytics and Insight, LATAM, Fernando Monedero – Head of Digital, LATAM, Laura Bonetti – Head of Trading, LATAM, Fanny Garcia – CEO MEC Mexcio and Regional Transformation Director, LATAM , Efren Cenoz – Regional Finance Director, LATAM.

Commenting on the appointment, Charles Courtier, Global CEO said, “Renato is a hugely respected and talented individual in the region. He arrives at an exciting time for MEC in Latin America and globally. With a rich heritage in the digital and data world, Renato is perfectly positioned to drive the future for us. An inspirational and collaborative leader, with bags of energy, I am confident that he will provide the leadership to develop and thrive in this, our fastest growing region. It’s exciting news for MEC in Latin America.”

Renato de Paula said, “The timing for joining MEC could not be better. The management team is incredibly impressive and the organization very dynamic. MEC is growing rapidly everywhere and is heavily investing in areas that I firmly believe are, and will continue to be, key for the success of our clients such as Analytics & Insights, Content and Data. Also, I am very impressed with MEC´s Digital vision. I could not be happier.”

Michael.jonesAs we announced last week, Michael Jones, CEO of MEC Latin America,  is leaving MEC after 19 years at the company. Portada interviewed Jones and asked him about his career and his future outside of MEC.

Portada: What will you be doing after leaving MEC?
Michael Jones:”A lot of everything and a lot of nothing! What drives everyone at MEC is best expressed by our overall commitment to the growth of our people, our clients and the industry. Best summed up by the phrase we use at MEC: “Don’t just live, thrive” MEC is empowering me to do exactly that. My passion has always been working with the talent in our industry, if we get that right then we can thrive in the work we do for our clients and the thought leadership we develop for the industry (such as MEC Momentum, a ground breaking way of looking at the consumer purchase journey). So whilst I am retiring from the ‘front line’ of Agency management I will continue to consult for MEC on a part-time basis in the area of talent development for our network of offices around the world. I will be working with our global “Futures” initiative – a fast track talent development program for key personnel as well as other projects with the Agency.

I will continue to consult for MEC on a part-time basis in the area of talent development for our network of offices around the world.

I also intend to complete a Masters degree and continue my passion for training and development by becoming an Adjunct College Professor. I will also become a board member for a few charities based in Miami. The rest of my time will be spent pursuing my love for adventure travel, scuba diving and other personal interests that being an ‘always-on’ CEO has not given me as much time to do over the years.

Don’t just live, thrive” MEC has empowered me to do exactly that.

Portada: What was the most exciting experience during your tenure at MEC?

Michael Jones: “The incredible growth of media choice in our industry and the opportunity to visit so many countries around the world. I started in this business 23 years ago in the UK when there were just two commercial TV stations and have seen the exponential growth in all media channels across what we now describe as the Paid, Owned and Earned media ecosystem; fueled by the profound impact of technology. I have had an incredibly rewarding 19 years at MEC and have lived and worked in every region around the world as CEO in both Asia-Pacific and Latin America, launching our US Hispanic operation in North America – MEC:Bravo and running business development for EMEA. I have always had a peripatetic lifestyle and have visited over 70 MEC offices in over 50 countries. Every market has something different to offer and experience and I have loved the travel working with clients and staff across so many categories and disciplines.”

I think that tenacity is essential in our business which must go hand in hand with optimism about what you can achieve.

Portada: What have you learned?
Michael Jones: “A short but very big question! Succinctly put I think that tenacity is essential in our business which must go hand in hand with optimism about what you can achieve. That everyone is good at something; find that ‘thing’ and make sure you are truly passionate about what you are doing.”

Portada: What was the biggest challenge in the Miami  panregional marketplace?

Michael Jones: “Talent. The quality of our work in this business is based on the talent we employ, the cliché our most important asset arrives in the elevator every morning is so true of our business. We have to work harder as an industry in Latin America to attract, develop and retain the ‘brightest and the best’. I believe MEC understands this imperative and this is why I will continue to consult for them and others post retirement in developing the best talent for our industry we possibly can.”

Michael.jonesMichael Jones, CEO of MEC Latina America,  is leaving MEC after 19 years at the company. MEC hasn´t announced yet who will replace Jones, but will do so soon. Jones departure comes on the heels of recent new appointments at MEC including José Miranda as new Analytics & Insights Director  for Latin America and Fernando Monedero as  LatAm Regional Digital Director.

Michael Jones started working at Mediaedge:cia in 1996, where he launched The Media Edge across eight markets in Asia. Jones lived in Hong Kong until 2002. In 2005 he was promoted to LatAm CEO in order to build the agency’s presence in this rapidly growing region; “MEC has quadrupled in size and is the fastest growing network in the region”, Jones says  in his Linkedin profile.

Jones is one of the main leaders in the Miami based panregional advertising and media space, speaking at many Forum’s including Portada’s Annual Latam Advertising and Media Summit.

 

 

Fernando Monedero colorPortada talked with Fernando Monedero, who was recently appointed LatAm Regional Digital Director of MEC. As we announced three days ago, Monedero was working for Havas in Miami as SVP Managing Director. He tells us about his new responsibilities at MEC and what he expects for upcoming years.

Portada: Could you tell us a little bit more about your new responsibilities?

Fernando Monedero: “As LATAM Regional Digital Director, I will work on translating MEC’s global digital vision and increasing our digital footprint across the region; driving MEC growth and recognition. I will support the region with a range of digital projects including fully integrated campaigns, paid media, search, social, content, performance and mobility. Working with my colleague Jose Miranda (head of Analytics and Insight, joined MEC 8 weeks ago) we’ll create, oversee and implement measurement programs where we have gleaned insights from campaign data and made optimization recommendations to the client. I will be responsible for inspiring the agency on new digital opportunities for clients and identifying how current programs can be enhanced with digital initiatives, developing agency digital strategy, product development and training, among much more. In a nutshell? Create a thriving digital culture.”

In a nutshell? I will be responsible for creating a thriving  digital culture.

Portada: What are your goals for this year? And 2015?

Fernando Monedero: “This is a winning team and  one of my goals is to be a part of that new business success, driving growth for our business. Another is to drive growth for our current clients especially in all things digital; inspiring integration, innovation and making digital a strategic imperative.”

Portada: If you have to bet on one digital platform in the Latin American market for next year, which one would it be and why?

Fernando Monedero: “I would say any Data Management Platform. I believe that it is crucial to understand how to leverage a marketer’s own data and supplement it with second party publisher data and third-party data to build a richer audience profile for developing insights and targeting.”

Portada: What do you expect for the programmatic buying in Latin America for next year? And the next five years?

Fernando Monedero: “I believe that programmatic buying can help publishers optimize their relationships with marketers and deliver higher ROI; being able to identify in real-time the person who is most likely to buy your product or service can save millions of ad dollars and dramatically boost ROI. I think the programmatic buying model will increase, as more and more media from news and magazine publishers, TV, radio and even print advertising become internet connected and increasingly absorbed via the internet, programmatic marketing will become more and more the norm. But the future will be what we at MEC call Audience Architecture, designing the best audiences for brands – that’s where MEC will be leading the pack.”

Audience Architecture is the future, designing the best audiences for brands.

 

Fernando Monedero colorFernando Monedero has been appointed Regional Digital Director at MEC based in Miami. Before his new position at the Group M agency, Fernando was SVP Managing Director at Havas Digital in Miami. Monedero’s tasks at Havas will be assumed by Maria Jose Ezquerra Havas’ Head of Middle Office in addition to her role of leading negotiations, planning and buying for Havas Media.