Dentsu drops the Vizeum brand and CEO Ashley Earnshaw departs

Ash Earnshaw

• The Vizeum brand will now be integrated into iProspect

Dentsu Aegis Network has announced a further restructure of its media business for Australian clients.

The Vizeum brand will now be integrated into iProspect, Dentsu Aegis’s digital performance marketing agency. Dentsu said this will combine the specialism of brand, people, and data-driven insights, along with the strength of media strategy and investment.

Angela Tangas, Dentsu Aegis Network’s chief executive officer for ANZ (pictured), commented: “To better anticipate the changing consumer landscape and to ensure we provide clients with increased tangible value, we need to transform and fast track the evolution of our business. COVID has only accelerated this further and set a new benchmark for partnership value.

“With deeper digital integration, underpinned by radical collaboration, agility and faster decision making, our focus is on making it easier for our clients to access the best of Dentsu.”

Oliver Rapson, CEO of iProspect, who has been with Dentsu since 2014, will see his role expanded to integrate the Vizeum leadership team.

Rapson commented: “Providing the right balance of client centricity and craft excellence, our teams will be helping clients leverage a full end-to-end experience to create robust, through-the-line strategies underpinned by digital DNA. This is an exciting step forward for our business and clients, meanwhile providing more opportunities for our people.”

As part of this change, Ashley Earnshaw has resigned from his role as CEO of Vizeum.

“After five years of service with Dentsu, Ashley has made the decision to pursue further opportunities. Ash has been a valuable contributor to the group over that period and we wish him all the best for what comes next,” said Tangas.

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