Nestlé has named Pablo Wiechers as Market Head Latin Caribbean, based in the Dominican Republic, previously Wiechers worked as North America Regional Manager at Nestlé.
MetLife announced the hiring of Federico Acuña as chief marketing officer for Latin America. In this role, the Argentinian executive will lead and implement the marketing strategy for the region.
Sandra Montes is the new marketing director of OLX Brazil. Prior to this, she held the role of CMO at Electrolux for four years.
Vertical3 Media has launched Vertical3 Travel, a boutique agency dedicated to boost growth of the Miami Hospitality and Travel Business. Vertical3 Travel will be led by Juan José Núñez, founder & CEO of Vertical3 Media.
Human resources company Adecco has named Jesús Cubero marketing communications director. Cubero is replacing Margarita Álvarez, who left the company.
Epson has apointed Sebastián Rial as their new regional director for Argentina, Chile and Peru. Rial will lead the commercial strategy for the south region.
Epson Colombia has hired Alexandra Gaitán Lozano as marketing communications director for Colombia, Ecuador and the Caribbean.
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IPG Mediabrands’ Initiative has been awarded The LEGO Group global media duties following a pitch process.Publicis Groupe’s Starcom was the U.S. incumbent since 2004.The toy marketer spent around US$85 million in the U.S. (its biggest market) on ads last year, according to Kantar Media.
Multinational sportswear manufacturer Adidas is conducting a global media agency review, according to sources. Dentsu Aegis’ Carat is the incumbent in the U.S. The brand spends about US$300 million annually on ads worldwide, per an estimate by Campaign. Carat is expected to defend its assignment.
MetLife has selected MediaCom as its new U.S. media agency of record after a six-month review. MediaCom will lead media planning and buying for all of MetLife’s businesses in the U.S., including Retirement & Income Solutions, Property & Casualty and Group Benefits, the largest provider of non-medical benefits in the country. MediaCom will start buying duties as of January 1st, 2018, as incumbents MEC and Merkle transition off the business.
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Vallarta Supermarkets, one of the nation’s largest Hispanic supermarket chains has announced the grand opening of its 50th store located in Pasadena, California. The new supermarket, located at the Renaissance Plaza Shopping Center on the southwest corner of North Fair Oaks Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard was previously occupied by a Vons Supermarket. The totally remodeled 50,000 square-foot facility was built with an investment of US$8 million, and will maintain the services of a Wells Fargo bank branch as well as a pharmacy.With the opening of its new store in Pasadena, Vallarta Supermarkets has launched into a new multicultural market with the creation of a new design style of its stores and new offerings in the food and beverage shopping experience. The store will also improve the quality of life for local residents with convenient one-stop shopping and access to traditional and healthy food options.To attract Pasadena clientele, Vallarta spared no effort in giving their store a new look. The opening of the Vallarta supermarket will not only provide new and varied options for buying groceries for Pasadena residents, but will have a positive economic impact in this area of the city with the creation of 330 local jobs.Vallarta Supermarkets has grown to a total of 50 stores throughout different counties in California (Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino, Kern, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Tulare, Orange and Fresno).
Accenture Interactive has been appointed Fiat Chrysler’s Maserati global agency for its Maserati brand across the U.S., Asia, Europe and Latin America without a pitch, Ad Age first reported. Accenture will oversee Maserati brand and creative work, digital advertising, strategy and content production, campaign management and analytics. Accenture currently does some work for parent company Fiat Chrysler.The agency will focus on Maserati’s eight leading markets, which include the US, China, Germany, the UK and the Middle East. Those markets account for about 85% of its global sales. Publicis Media will continue to handle traditional media-buying, after Starcom won most of the global media account for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the parent company of Maserati, a year ago. Interpublic’s UM holds the media-buying account in the US and Cohn & Wolfe handles Maserati’s social media globally.
Interjet’s Toronto and Montreal flights to Mexico City and Cancun just started this summer and already the airline is seeing load factors of close to 70%. The airline wants agents to know that Interjet fares are now in Sabre and Amadeus, and that access through Travelport (parent company of Galileo and Worldspan) “should be ready by early 2018”.Interjet pays 4% on its air-only as well as vacation packages including air, hotel and ground transportation through Interjet Vacations.The airline jumped into the B.C. market with return fares starting at $519. The carrier bills itself not as a low-cost carrier, but as a value carrier. The carrier is also still flying high on its TripAdvisor recognition as a 2017 Travelers’ Choice winner, for best airline in Mexico. All of Interjet’s Canadian gateway flights, from Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver to Mexico City’s Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez, as well as to Cancun International Airport, operate four times weekly.
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Pepsi has selected Omnicom over New York agencies Lloyd&Co and Moondog for the creation of its latest global ad campaign in its ‘Live For Now’ campaign. The 30-second ad features the track ‘High’ by US group Young Rising Sons, and concludes with a jingle last used in a 2001 TV commercial starring Britney Spears. A series of four ads will run in North America, Europe and Latin American markets.The company has confirmed that global brand ambassador Beyonce will not appear in any Pepsi marketing during 2015.
WPP agency Wunderman has acquired a majority stake in Peru-based digital marketing agency Phantasia to develop its strategic network in Latin America.Founded in 1998, Phantasia employs 200 people at its Lima office, and has been a Wunderman affiliate since 2012. Its clients include Telefonica, Backus, Banco de Credito, Samsung and Coca-Cola.WPP claims to generate US $1.6bn in annual revenues in Latin America, though only US$40m currently from Peru, where the company employs 700 people.
MetLife Latin America
Insurance company Metlife has chosen Wunderman’s Regional Hub to develop social networking and corporative sites strategies.Wunderman’s Regional Hub will be responsible for implementing digital strategy for social networks and corporate sites of MetLife in Latin America.
Gillete has released its new global campaign, a BBDO New York effort, “Usa tu y” .The campaign is a proclamation against stipulated labels that indicate what women are or should be. Thus, real women’s complexity is much higher than that of the stereotypes about women.
Under the slogan “Social is alive, so are we,” is born the new agency Socialive. The new agency has won all Unilever digital accounts (creative).Socialive is led by Lucia Verdaguer, Nicolas Bugari, Cañeque Lucia and Francisco Mora.