Robert Sawatzky
Sep 28, 2018

Clients said "take the Sorrell offer": MediaMonks CEO

MediaMonks CEO shares his new ambitions with the backing of Martin Sorrell and public money.

Clients said

Just an hour into his new life as a publicly traded chief executive, MediaMonks CEO Victor Knaap told a crowd at Spikes Asia 2018 how his world has been turned upside down (in a good way) since being acquired by Martin Sorrell’s S4 Capital.

In the heat of the takeover battle, he related, “clients started calling saying 'What the hell is happening with MediaMonks? I don’t know what you’re going to do, but take the Sorrell offer'.”

In the end, Knaap says, it came down to clients' wishes and a gut feel of what was right for MediaMonks’ employees.

“Were we able to go on stage and tell 800 Monks we were an Accenture company?” he asked. 

In the end, going with Sorrell not only felt right but also opened up doors to a whole new network of C-level executives which has allowed them to build a new strategy around what the industry actually needs:

  • How to structure an agency roster
  • Data versus creative
  • Constant innovation pressure

Knaap spent much of his presentation explaining how MediaMonks functions differently from competitors, extolling its one P&L model and showing examples of how it delivers data-driven creative work at scale.

He also reiterated expansion goals for Germany, India and Japan and plans to acquire first-party data and digital media-buying capabilities.

MediaMonks, Knaap reiterated, “is not an agency. It’s not a consultancy.  We’re going to do things a little differently than others do because we’re not a legacy company”

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