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Dentsu Aegis Network Announces the Acquisition of Namics AG

Dentsu Aegis Network today announces that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Namics AG, a leading full-service digital agency in Switzerland and Germany. Following the acquisition, which is subject to approval from the German competition authority, the company will become ‘Namics - A Merkle Company’.

Namics’ digital experience, creative and service design expertise complements Merkle’s already significant customer experience (CX) and marketing technology practice in the region. An important step in Merkle’s strategy to increase its global footprint, it provides further scale and depth to Merkle’s people-based marketing capabilities, in particular in the areas of business transformation strategy, digital consulting and technology implementation across Adobe Experience Cloud, Sitecore, Salesforce and SAP and other leading technology partners.

All Namics‘ 550 digital specialists based in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, St. Gallen, Zurich and Belgrade will join Merkle, bringing its EMEA regional employee numbers to over 2000. Founded in 1995, Namics provides strategic consulting, concept development and creative, as well as technical implementation, with a strong focus on user experience. Its clients include ABB, Credit Suisse, Migros, Swiss Life, UBS, and Victorinox in Switzerland and ADAC, Boehringer Ingelheim, Kaufland, Kuka and smart in Germany.

Giulio Malegori, CEO, Dentsu Aegis EMEA , said: “I am delighted to welcome Namics into the Dentsu Aegis Network. This acquisition brings scale to our existing presence in the German and Swiss markets in EMEA. Their services complement Merkle’s unique capabilities, creating a compelling offer that will help clients transform their brands in the digital economy.”

Michael Komasinski, president, Merkle EMEA , said: “This acquisition provides important scale to our business in EMEA, adding new markets and an established service offering that fits perfectly with our existing marketing technology and CX practice. With an enviable client base and a shared vision, Namics accelerates our strategy to extend Merkle’s people-based marketing capabilities across EMEA.”

Bernd Schopp, CEO Namics , said: “Becoming part of Merkle and Dentsu Aegis Network is a fantastic opportunity for Namics as we have a shared vision of helping clients become winners in digital transformation. Our customer advocacy approach to delivering digital marketing, communication and commerce solutions will be further strengthened by Merkle’s data, analytics and CRM capabilities. This is an incredibly compelling offer to our clients. We are excited about the opportunities this move provides.”

Merkle is a leading, data-driven, technology enabled, global performance marketing agency that specialises in the delivery of unique, personalised customer experiences across platforms and devices.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

About Dentsu Aegis Network

Part of Dentsu Inc., Dentsu Aegis Network is made up of ten global network brands - Carat, Dentsu, dentsu X, iProspect, Isobar, mcgarrybowen, Merkle, MKTG, Posterscope and Vizeum and supported by its specialist/multi-market brands. Dentsu Aegis Network is Innovating the Way Brands Are Built for its clients through its best-in-class expertise and capabilities in media, digital and creative communications services. Offering a distinctive and innovative range of products and services, Dentsu Aegis Network is headquartered in London and operates in 145 countries worldwide with more than 40,000 dedicated specialists. www.dentsuaegisnetwork.com

About Merkle

Merkle is a leading data-driven, technology-enabled, global performance marketing agency that specialises in the delivery of unique, personalised customer experiences across platforms and devices. For more than 30 years, Fortune 1000 companies and leading non-profit organisations have partnered with Merkle to maximise the value of their customer portfolios. The agency’s heritage in data, technology, and analytics forms the foundation for its unmatched skills in understanding consumer insights that drive people-based marketing strategies. Its combined strengths in performance media, customer experience, customer relationship management, loyalty, and enterprise marketing technology drive improved marketing results and competitive advantage. With 5,500 employees, Merkle is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, with 24 additional offices in the US and 25 offices in Europe and APAC. In 2016, the agency joined the Dentsu Aegis Network.

About Namics

Founded 1995, Namics is a leader in digital transformation in Switzerland and Germany. With a commitment to high quality standards, Namics’ mission is to lead its clients from vision to reality and thereby enabling market advantages and efficiency gains. Namics focuses on the end-to-end user experience and based on this, the right measures on a strategic, technological and operative level.

Namics is a one-stop shop for strategic consulting, innovative concepts, creative work, as well as technical implementation involving a variety of disciplines. Composed of 550 digital enthusiasts, Namics runs offices in St.Gallen, Zurich, Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg and Belgrade. Amongst others, Namics is working for ADAC, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bucherer, Daimler AG, DriveNow, Hansgrohe, Hoval, Jelmoli, Kaufland, KUKA, Medela, Migros, Swiss Life, UBS and Victorinox.

Contact:

Germany/Switzerland Dentsu Aegis Network Judith Weiand judith.weiand@dentsuaegis.com or UK Simpatico PR Lorna Keegan/Sarah Ramamurphy +44 (0) 207 439 9275 merkle@simpaticopr.co.uk

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