School Reports 2018
[Extended edition]
Geometry Global



Geometry Global



Type of agency & ownership:  Integrated creative agency, owned by WPP
Nielsen billings 2017: n/s
Declared income: n/s
Total accounts at year end: 27
Accounts won: 16 (biggest: Huawei)
Accounts lost: 0
Number of staff: 281 (-6%)
Key personnel: Michelle Whelan, chief executive; Elspeth Lynn, executive creative director; Debbie Ellison, head of digital; Tom Moore, head of shopper; Andy Dougan, head of experiential
Star player: Gemma Batterby, new-business director

Year in review

With two Cannes Lions on its shelf and votes of confidence from some of its biggest clients in the form of significant extra business, Geometry Global’s 2017 performance suggested that this is an agency with a sureness of touch and a spring in its step. Indeed, it has managed to maintain its consistency despite two of the pivotal roles at the agency having new occupants during the year. Michelle Whelan, M&C Saatchi’s former shopper marketing head, became chief executive, while FCB Inferno’s Elspeth Lynn was named executive creative director.

It also says much for the London agency’s performance that both the previous incumbents moved on to bigger things. Sarah Todd became global client leader and head of shopper marketing EMEA; Juan-Jose Posada returned home as chief creative officer for Latin America. The transition, augmented by the arrival of Tim Moore to fill the newly created position of head of shopper marketing, looks to have been seamless.

The agency managed to deliver significant growth as it explored innovative ways to engage consumers via partnerships with leading-edge tech companies. In turn, many of its briefs moved beyond the traditional and strong organic growth, courtesy of existing major clients, including Unilever, Kimberly-Clark and Coca-Cola, as well as newcomers, such as Chinese telecoms giant Huawei.

The icing on the cake was a brace of bronze Cannes Lions for a clever poster campaign for the Colombian government, alerting fishermen to the dangers of the Lionfish. The twist in the tale was that the posters could be converted into bags for the fishermen to carry their catch.

Agency's Year In A Tweet


"Good growth. Better client agency relationships. Best product"

Scores


Score this year: 7
Score last year: 7
How the agency scores itself: 8
Management strength: 7
Creativity: 7
Innovation: 7
New business: 7
Diversity: 6

Business performance and accounts

Gross income

Latest: n/s
Previous: n/s
Change: n/s

Operating profit

Latest: n/s
Previous: n/s
Change: n/s

List of total accounts BAT

Coca-Cola

Danone Global

Danone UK

Diageo (Guinness, Gordons, Baileys, Tanqueray, J&B)

Godiva

GSK (across Consumer Healthcare portfolio)

GSK UK

Emirates

Fidelity

Fuel 3D

HSBC

Huawei

IHG

Key for Life

Kimberly Clark Professional

Mondelez

McVities

Pearson

Pfizer

Philips

PwC

Ribena

Roll Back Malaria

The Royal British Legion

Treasury Wine Estates (Blossom Hill, 19 Crimes)

Unilever

Top three spending accounts:

GSK (n/s)

Danone (n/s)

BAT (n/s)

Number of retained accounts: 27
Number of accounts that are projects: 21
Biggest win: Huawei (n/s)
Biggest lost: 0

Diversity


Awards

Haymarket award wins


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