Publicis Groupe rolls Nurun into Publicis Worldwide and Razorfish Global

Maurice Lévy: the chairman and chief executive of Publicis Groupe
Maurice Lévy: the chairman and chief executive of Publicis Groupe

French holding group divides newly acquired digital agency's offices for integration

PARIS — Publicis Groupe is dividing and integrating its newly acquired digital and design agency Nurun into both Publicis Worldwide and Razorfish Global, as the holding group continues its digital charge.

The Paris-based Publicis Groupe acquired Montreal-based Nurun, which has 11 offices across the world, in September from Quebecor Media in a $115 million deal.

Nurun’s offices in Montreal, San Francisco, Madrid and Shanghai will be integrated in to Publicis Worldwide to create a new digital network, under the leadership of chief executive Arthur Sadoun.

Publicis Worldwide’s digital agencies, including Poke in London, Pixelpark in Germany, AG2 in Brazil, Machine in South Africa, Lead2Action in Mexico, IStrat in India, Ineo in Singapore, and Modem in France, Turkey, the U.S. and Canada will be part of the Nurun umbrella brand, but run as independent entities and brands.

Meanwhile Nurun agencies in Quebec, Toronto, France and Atlanta will be fully integrated into the newly formed Razorfish Global network, under chief executive Tom Adamski.

Razorfish, however, will not be keeping the Nurun brand. The integration, that will take place over the next 10 months, will be lead by Jim Yang, chief strategy officer for Nurun.

Sadoun said in a statement: "Nurun will have the best of both worlds: great digital capabilities and direct access to strategic and creative leadership throughout the Publicis Worldwide network."

Adamski commented: "Nurun’s history is deeply rooted in human-centered design and technology consulting, and this important addition completes our ability to leverage customer intelligence to drive meaningful business impact for our clients."

The integration on Nurun is part of Publicis Groupe’s strategic plan to accelerate its digital growth. As part of this strategy, it agreed to buy "crown jewel" Sapient in a $3.7 billion cash deal earlier this month.


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