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Publicis Officially Acquires Beehive

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Well, at least one-half of our post from last week has panned out as Publicis Groupe has officially announced the acquisition of Mumbai-based integrated agency, Beehive Communications. The new entity will be rebranded as, you guessed it, Publicis Beehive and will continue to operate under the director of Beehive founder/CEO Sanjit Shastri, who along with the rest of the leadership team will report to Nakul Chopra, CEO/South Asia for Publicis Worldwide.  In a statement, Publicis Groupe COO Jean-Yves Naouri says, “We are making significant strides toward achieving our goals in India. By adding Beehive to the Publicis network, we will be able to capitalise on a great pool of talent and market potential, as well as strengthen the unparalleled services we provide to our clients.”

The ten-year-old Beehive, which also has a presence in Delhi and Bangalore, houses over 130 employees and is focused on media, digital, reputation management, research and brand activation. Among the 50 or so clients that Beehive currently works with are General Motors, Korea Tourism and Malaysia Tourism. As for fellow Mumbai-based agency Law & Kenneth, which we heard is also being eyed by Publicis Groupe, there’s no word yet on any acquisition moves, but we’ll keep you posted.

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Publicis Groupe Takes Full Ownership of BBH

Tis a busy post-July 4th for Publicis Groupe as Maurice Levy and his France-based holding company have now acquired the remaining 51 percent stake from BBH founders Nigel Bogle and Sir John Hegarty as well as 100 percent of the shares of Brazilian agency Neogama/BBH.

Publicis Groupe originally acquired a 49 percent stake in BBH 10 years ago when it bought up Bcom3. Regarding the full sale of his 30-year-old agency, which just racked up 21 Cannes Lions this year, BBH’s Bogle says in a statement, “The decision was very clear. We were looking for an opportunity that would ensure that our agency maintained a high degree of autonomy and could continue to abide by the values characterized by the black sheep. The key point for us was the preservation of our operational independence in managing the BBH brand, which has produced almost uninterrupted growth for thirty years. The new ownership not only ensures our autonomy, but brings us considerable advantages through Publicis Groupe’s resources and global infrastructure.”

As a result of the transaction, Hegarty will now pass the baton to Neogama founder Alexandre Gama, who will take over as worldwide CCO. In addition, 30-year BBH vet Simon Sherwood will now assume the role of group chairman, Gwyn Jones, who joined the agency in 1987, becomes group CEO while Zag chief exec Neil Munn will take on the dual role of group chief operating officer. As for Hegarty and Bogle, the founding pair will serve on the Publicis Groupe management board (along with Levy, Sherwood, Jean-Yves Naouri, Jean-Michel Etienne and ZenithOptimedia global CEO Steve King), focusing on client business and mentoring of management. Gwyn Jones, meanwhile, will oversee day-to-day operations for BBH’s global management team.

Digitas/Razorfish Health Now Housed Under PHCG Umbrella

We’re not sure if this is an evolution of the “shared centers of excellence” structure that Digitas/Razorfish Health were plotting after the last round of layoffs this summer, but whatever the case, the agencies have now aligned with Publicis Healthcare Communications Group as part of a revamp of Publicis Groupe’s healthcare offering.

With this move, Digitas and Razorfish Health will join a PHCG roster that currently includes Saatchi & Saatchi Health, Publicis Life Brands, Publicis Healthware International, Publicis Touchpoint Solutions, and Publicis Medical Education Group. Leadership-wise, while Digitas/Razorfish Health CEO is calling it quits by year’s end, global co-presidents Michael du Toit and Alexandra von Plato will remain on board and report to PHCG president/CEO Nick Colucci. In a statement, Publicis Groupe COO Jean-Yves Naouri, who’s been mentioned over and over as Maurice Levy‘s eventual successor and oversees PHCG, says, “This move will create patterns of cross-fertilization, ensuring that we have the sharpest and best integrated skills on the market.”

The Philly-based Health units’ client roster currently includes J&J, Prizer and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Wednesday Odds and Ends

-Jean-Yves Naouri is taking on the executive chairman role at Publicis Worldwide. link

-Wong, Doody, Crandall, Wiener grabbed the TGI Friday’s creative biz. link

-Grey Canada has a new president/CEO. link

-Dennis Go joined prodco Brand New School East as design director.

-Springfield, MO agency Marlin promoted Jeff Eaker to ACD.

-Google introduces its +1 button. link

-Great, marketers love QR codes. link

-Mark Zuckerberg‘s dad learns that it’s better to advertise on Facebook and not with it. link

-Proximity Chicago launched a Facebook contest for State Farm dubbed “Shotgun!” link

-Denny’s launched its own Facebook sweepstakes to celebrate all things bacon. Mmm, bacon. link