Report by Peter Stringham
Chairman and chief executive officer
As you will see in the following reports, Y&R Group companies continued to demonstrate their leadership as individual companies in 2013. But they also showed their collaborative strength. Of our top 20 clients, 17 work with three or more Y&R Group companies. And we partner with sister WPP agencies on every one of those top 20 clients.
This ability to collaborate is not surprising. It is in our DNA, a key part of the origins of Y&R Group. For that, we honor Ed Ney, who passed away this past January. Ed served as chairman and CEO of Y&R from 1970 through 1989. He was the architect of Young & Rubicam Group, a visionary who saw the import of reaching consumers across multiple touchpoints. Out of this insight, he created integrated communications, acquiring companies like Wunderman, Burson-Marsteller, Sudler & Hennessey and Landor. It was a move that transformed the industry.
In 2013, there were many successful initiatives which advanced our ability to collaborate successfully, including the creation of a New Business Development Council. We continued our cross-disciplinary training through Rubicam University, using real client challenges.
We are also working towards the launch of a Y&R Group sustainability practice in 2014, a gateway into the considerable assets and expertise across all of our companies which focus on sustainability. We see increasing demand for this in the marketplace and the diversity of our expertise gives us substantial differentiation.
Of our top 20 clients, 17 work with three or more Y&R Group companies. And we partner with sister WPP agencies on every one of those top 20 clients
As we write about our individual and collective progress in this report, we remember Ed, who brought so much innovation and integrity to our industry. We strive daily to live up to his vision.
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