Publicis acquires OwenKessel in South Africa

South African creative agency, OwenKessel, has been acquired by Publicis Groupe which is further expanding its presence in the country. The agency will be merged with the multi-door Publicis Groupe Africa network.0

Founded in 2008 by Felix Kessel and Vaughan Owen, OwenKessel offers a full range of communications services, including consulting, creative, online marketing, social media and branded content.

CEO, Kessel, will continue his current role in the new entity and report to Kevin Tromp, CEO of sub-Saharan Africa for
Publicis Worldwide.

Says Kessel: “It’s not often that you find two groups of people who actually share the same vision and objectives. The opportunity to drive this new agency to new creative heights is incredibly exciting to all of us. We are also looking forward to becoming part of Publicis Worldwide and play a significant role beyond South Africa.”

Adding great creative firepower