Staff Reporters
Apr 1, 2020

Has VMLY&R pulled off a successful merger in APAC?

AGENCY REPORT CARD: See VMLY&R's overall grade and our detailed report breaking down its 2019 performance in terms of leadership, creativity, innovation, business growth, and people/diversity initiatives.

Has VMLY&R pulled off a successful merger in APAC?

VMLY&R’s task for 2019 was figuring out what its identity is and how it intends to grow after swallowing two distinct agencies, leading to a year of wholesale business restructuring and leadership changes. Unfortunately, this resulted in client losses and a seemingly slower year for new business. But the agency did start prioritising its people, with staff retention showing positive signs.

Check out VMLY&R's Agency Report Card now to see:

  • The agency's overall grade for 2019
     
  • Grades and detailed discussion of performance across five categories:
     
  • Leadership: A qualitative assessment of leadership performance, key regional decisions, management stability and contributions to industry by agency leaders.
  • Creativity: Compelling and effective campaign work, judged qualitatively. Regional and global awards recognition is included, with higher weighting given to wins at major shows. Work demonstrative of high effectiveness for clients is also considered.
  • Innovation: A qualitative assessment of Asia-based initiatives and innovations based on their improvements to the agency, people, clients and industry.
  • Business growth: Assessed by the value of accounts won and lost in 2019, as calculated by the agencies and R3’s New Business League, published in Campaign Asia-Pacific, along with recognition of new project work and organic growth through retained clients. 
  • People and diversity: Agency efforts to attract, retain and develop a high calibre of talent with a commitment to staff diversity and wellbeing are examined qualitatively.
     
  • The grade the agency gave itself, and why
     
  • How the agency performed versus its 2018 scores
     
  • The agency's self-declared areas of specialisation.

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