PPR and BCW formed into one agency

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Pamela Klioufis, managing director, BCW Australia (photo credit: WPP AUNZ/BCW)WPP AUNZ member-agency PPR has been officially combined with international communications agency Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW), another arm of the conglomerate.

The merger calls for BCW’s experience in the global market and associated systems to be integrated with PPR and help it attain a greater reach in the ANZ region. The news comes after PPR CEO Michael Pooley announced his departure to open a new consultancy.

Pamela Klioufis (pictured), managing director of BCW’s Australian division, has agreed to lead the new company. She has been at the post since October 2018, when she joined BCW after over five years as director and later managing director of Burston Marsteller Australia.  

“The global thinking, experience, tools and systems of BCW, combined with the unparalleled local ANZ reach of PPR, make for a perfect match. We look forward to our existing clients benefiting from this offer and to attracting new clients and people to BCW,” said WPP AUNZ PR & GR CEO Kieran Moore.

“BCW’s Australian operation has already doubled in size over the past 18 months, both in terms of revenue and headcount. And now with this merger, BCW becomes one of the largest PR firms in the country. Our clients are eager to access our expanded offering while our newly combined team can now embrace the regional BCW talent, training and network support,” added BCW APAC president Matt Stafford.

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