Jenny Chan 陳詠欣
Aug 31, 2018

Publicis, VCCP named winners in Cathay Pacific's first pitch in 25 years

The airline has chosen the winner of its creative, media and social assignments, an account reportedly worth US$100 million.

Publicis, VCCP named winners in Cathay Pacific's first pitch in 25 years

Cathay Pacific has concluded its global marketing agency review, naming Publicis Groupe and Chime Communications' VCCP to handle its creative, media and social duties. The announcement officially ends a 25-year relationship between the airline and McCann Worldgroup.

The review began in March and saw participation from agencies in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Japan, India, Australia, the US and the UK in a total of 34 presentations. Neither specifics on the exact responsibilities of Publicis Groupe versus VCCP, nor which agencies within Publicis will be involved, were not immediately available. A Cathay statement shared exclusively with Campaign only said that Publicis Groupe is to handle creative and media "in an agency roster that also includes VCCP".

“We were impressed with the quality of thinking and passion for Cathay from all the agencies that took part in this review,” Edward Bell, general manager, brand, insights and marketing communication for Cathay Pacific, said in the statement. “Among a very strong competitive set, both Publicis Groupe and VCCP stood out in terms of strategy, use of technology and disruptive mindset."

Tom Kao, Publicis Groupe CEO Hong Kong said Cathay Pacific is the pride of Hong Kong, and the agency is "extremely honoured and privileged" to work with the brand.

"Cathay Pacific is a globally recognisable brand, with a renowned history of superior quality service," added Cliff Hall, CEO at VCCP. "We're ready to challenge the market with them on their journey to becoming the world's best airline."

This appointment sees the departure of McCann Worldgroup as the agency of record after 25 years.  “We also want to pay tribute to McCann, who produced some great work and have maintained a strong commitment throughout,” said Bell. WPP was also involved in the R3-led pitch.

The review is a key part of Cathay's three-year turnaround strategy, which demanded a transformation of its marketing approach.

Another airline in the midst of a turnaround process, Singapore Airlines, called its own far-reaching pitch 10 days ago.

Source:
Campaign China

Related Articles

Just Published

1 day ago

‘Creators are the new Hollywood,’ declares YouTube ...

Neal Mohan discussed how creators are driving growth in YouTube viewing on connected TV as part of the platform’s creator-heavy pitch during upfronts week.

1 day ago

Whisper unveils new phase of #KeepGirlsInSchool to ...

The latest poignant film seeks to normalise periods as healthy changes, empowering young girls to reshape their narratives around puberty.

1 day ago

IAS launches 'Election Lab' to help marketers ...

With major political events, marketers must be wary of a rise in news-related misinformation and risky content to protect brand reputation.

1 day ago

Google is fully embracing its AI era

Tech giant’s AI model Gemini will soon allow users to interact with it across Gmail and mobile apps, including a live voice chat feature and several multimodal advancements.