Publicis Groupe buys Turner Duckworth

Consultancy Turner Duckworth has been acquired by Publicis Groupe, and will be ‘aligned’ with ad agency Leo Burnett.

Bruce Duckworth and David Turner
Bruce Duckworth and David Turner

Publicis says Turner Duckworth will retain its name and existing management team and structure, and will ‘partner’ with Leo Burnett to ‘build seamless communications for clients’.

Turner Duckworth was founded in 1992 and works for clients including Coca-Cola, Levis and Metallica. The consultancy employs a team of 70 staff at offices in London and San Francisco.

Bruce Duckworth and David Turner, joint chief executives and chief creative officers of Turner Duckworth, says: ‘With Leo Burnett, we see eye-to-eye about the importance of creative excellence, the growing impact of design on the brand communications world, and the desire to have a strong design voice on a global scale.

Diet Coke packaging by Turner Duckworth
Diet Coke packaging by Turner Duckworth

‘Most importantly, we like them as people. We have already collaborated with Leo Burnett on work for both Coca-Cola and Samsung, so we know it’s a great fit, and that clients are hungry for seamless creativity from their agencies.’

Tom Bernardin, chairman and chief executive of Leo Burnett says, ‘This is a very important milestone for our company. It makes me very proud that men of David and Bruce’s caliber would come to our creative agency to find a home and assist in their global expansion.’

Publicis says it is not disclosing terms and value of the deal.

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