Frankfurt, November 3, 2010 – Ogilvy & Mather Germany is scheduled to open an office in the capital city on 1st January 2011. As a third office location alongside Frankfurt and Düsseldorf, the office in central Berlin will be a fully-fledged agency offering the full roster of services from PR to technology. Berlin will also be used as a hub for pan-European activities.
The new creative management team on board are Birgit van den Valentyn (32) and Tim Stübane (35). The creative duo last worked for DDB in Berlin as Creative Directors and Group Heads and, in this function, they made a significant contribution to DDB Berlin’s stellar creative performance. They have previously worked on the Volkswagen, Ikea Austria, Bosch (global) und State of Thüringen accounts. The duo have worked together for eight years, formerly at Scholz & Friends Berlin and Jung von Matt/ Spree. Van den Valentyn and Stübane have won over 350 national and international awards to date, including 16 Cannes Lions. The BigWon Report lists them amongst the Top 15 creatives worldwide.
"We are pleased to have found a partner in Ogilvy who is on the same wave length in terms of creative thinking, substance and Menschlichkeit" says Tim Stübane. "We are delighted to be creating something new in Berlin based on David Ogilvy’s ideas and heritage. This means we will be able to offer something fresh in this market and attract top talent" says Birgit van den Valentyn.
The account management function will be announced early 2011 and will be an internal appointment.
"Berlin will not cannibalise our businesses in Düsseldorf or Frankfurt but help us to gain market share and strengthen our position in the creative league table" according to Thomas Strerath, CEO, Ogilvy & Mather who emphasises an overall close alignment of all German offices. "Birgit and Tim combine the highest quality standards with a high level of personal integrity and are a perfect match for the Ogilvy culture" says the Ogilvy boss and is pleased to be able to grasp the opportunity offered to the agency.
"After the early years of hype, the Berlin market has finally grown up and is on a level with other international mega-cities such as New York, Shanghai or Sao Paulo and even, to some extent, ahead of London or Paris. Berlin is like a magnet for clients and for potential employees, in particular creative people. The new office offers both parties an interesting platform for our brand. The Ogilvy EAME executive committee was very clear in their decision" says Strerath, who has been a member of the committee since the beginning of 2009.
The Berlin office will work for SportScheck. And Ikea, O2, and Deutsche Bahn will see work coming from Berlin.