Publicis Groupe acquires Gomye

Publicis Groupe has acquired 100% of Gomye, a full service digital agency providing integrated and interactive marketing services, with offices in Beijing as well as Chengdu and Chongqing, two rapidly growing major cities in western China. Gomye will be rebranded to become Publicis Modem Beijing (the digital arm of Publicis Worldwide in Beijing) and Publicis Modem Chengdu. The agency’s 51 staff members will be folded into Publicis’ local team. Its CEO, Alan Yang, will become Managing Director of Publicis Modem Beijing and Publicis Modem Chengdu, and will report to the CEO of Publicis Beijing.

Coupled with the acquisition of Shanghai agency Wangfan earlier this month, the acquisition of Gomye, which remains subject to the approval of the relevant authorities, further emphasizes Publicis Worldwide’s strong commitment to building leading digital capabilities across China.

Founded in 2003, Gomye’s superior digital expertise, coupled with its leading position in Chengdu and Chongqing, ideally place the agency to benefit from the strong growth potential of China’s most important western cities. Following a period of investment in the coastal metropolises of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, China’s 2011-2016 Five Year Plan, approved inMarch 2011, gives priority focus to developing the country’s vast interior. Chengdu – the capital city of Sichuan province — and its sister city Chongqing are among the economic, transportation and communications hubs designated for massive investment and rapid growth. Gomye’s clients includes Vanke Real Estate (China’s largest residential developer), movie and media company Huayi Brothers Media Group, liquor company Wuliangye Yibin, China Mobile and China Telecom.

This is the latest in a series of China agency acquisitions for Publicis Groupe that includes Wangfan (November 2011), Genedigi (June 2011), Dreams (May 2011), Interactive Communications Ltd (February 2011), and Eastwei Relations (November 2010).

“Acquiring Gomye is a particularly important move for us. It not only further strengthens our digital capabilities in Beijing but also gives us the critical ability to offer our clients significant digital expertise in the booming cities of Chengdu and Chongqing” commented Jean-Yves Naouri, Publicis Groupe COO and Chairman of China Publicis Groupe.

France, Paris & China, Beijing

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