Acquisition will strengthen Accenture’s capabilities in Ireland, bolsters Accenture Interactive’s creative credentials
DUBLIN; December 14, 2017 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has entered into an agreement to acquire Rothco, a full-service creative agency. Located in Dublin, Rothco will boost Accenture Ireland’s creative capabilities and those of Accenture Interactive as an experience agency in Europe.
The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval by the relevant authorities and other customary closing conditions. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Rothco is an international award-winning creative agency. It strategically plans, designs and produces powerful communications campaigns across Europe for iconic brands. Founded in 1995, Rothco now consists of more than 150 strategic, creative, technology, design, project management and production professionals.
The additional capabilities in Ireland will complement and expand Accenture Interactive’s presence in the UK and Ireland, and strengthen its creative capabilities, which can be extended for the whole of Europe. Accenture Interactive plans to scale Rothco’s creative and brand marketing capabilities internationally.
Anatoly Roytman, Accenture Interactive’s Europe, Africa and Latin America lead, commented: “We are proud of the culture of cultures at Accenture Interactive, which has helped establish us as an experience agency. We bring together creative, business consulting and technology excellence, which is a powerful proposition for our clients. Clients are looking to create human-centered brand experiences by connecting every interaction they have with their customers. Bringing Rothco into Accenture Interactive will extend our ability to accomplish this and create the greatest experiences on the planet.”
Alastair Blair, country managing director of Accenture in Ireland, added: “We’re delighted about welcoming such a talented group of creative professionals into the Accenture family. Rothco is a great fit for our business in Ireland. Dublin is not only an innovation and technology hub, it is a creative and cultural capital. Experience is the new battleground and we are creating new ways for our clients to engage with their customers. Once the acquisition is completed, more than 150 professionals from Rothco will join Accenture to help our clients innovate and lead in their markets.”
Patrick Hickey, Rothco CEO, said: “Accenture Interactive is a hugely exciting brand to be a part of. It’s shown tremendous leadership in moving towards a new agency model, and we’re very excited to be part of that change.”
In addition to creative campaigns, Rothco looks at how technology can enhance the creative process in order to better connect experiences with brands. The agency has a pedigree for award-winning campaigns and has found success at the Cannes Lions in 2016 and 2015, among other awards.
About Accenture Interactive
Accenture Interactive helps the world’s leading brands transform their customer experiences across the entire customer journey. Through our connected offerings in design, marketing, content and commerce, we create new ways to win in today’s experience-led economy. Accenture Interactive is ranked the world’s largest digital agency in the latest Ad Age Agency Report. To learn more, follow us @accentureACTIVE and visit www.accentureinteractive.com.
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 425,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.
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