Staff Reporters
Mar 23, 2022

Is the bloom off the Iris network?

AGENCY REPORT CARD: Following a tough 2020 and the departure of its longtime APAC leader in 2021, Iris is in transition. Is the network set up for future growth?

Is the bloom off the Iris network?

Cheil-owned Iris gives the impression of an agency engaged in a retrenchment. The departure of longtime APAC CEO Luke Nathans might be seen as a blow, although on the other hand the agency hadn’t achieved great heights under his leadership. Either way, the decision to not replace him signals some scaling back of ambition.

In that light, the agency's 2021 focus on building stronger relationships with fewer clients is logical, and it's impressive that revenue is growing and profitability is strong. The agency has also made some judicious moves for its future.

How did we grade Iris? Our full report with the overall grade—plus scores and a detailed analysis of the network's business performance; innovation; DEI and sustainability efforts; creativity and effectiveness; and management—is available only to Campaign members.

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