Simon Bolton

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Simon Bolton

Report by Simon Bolton
Worldwide chief executive officer


e enjoyed a successful year as we grew the network on all key dimensions. Growth was fuelled by acquiring major new client assignments from T Mobile, Ann Inc., Samsung, PetSmart, JTI and Carpoly.

In the retail sector, we continue to evolve our offer ahead of the market curve and have been particularly potent in marrying the online and offline worlds, despite the tension often inherent between those environments.

Given this context, we added further bench strength to our Asia Pacific network through the acquisition of an independent agency in Hong Kong that comprises a blended 2D, 3D and interactive studio. Led by Jonathan Cummings and Cally Williams, the team brings full branding solutions to clients such as SWIRE Properties, Genting Resorts and Nord Anglia.

The leadership structure, led by three regional CEOs, Hermann Behrens (NA), David Blair (EMEIA) and Andrew Crombie (SENA), ensures a tight, collaborative network that sees resource, talent and skills deployed internationally to best meet client needs.

In the retail sector, we continue to evolve our offer ahead of the market curve

Tim Greenhalgh, chairman and CCO continued to position FITCH as the go-to retail and design agency for ambitious clients. Tim sat on a number of major awards juries and delivered a keynote on ‘Generous Brands’ at the NRF and talked to the Store of the Future at WPP’s World Retail Forum.

At the time of going to press, I am delighted to announce the well-deserved promotion of David Blair to global CEO. David and I will work closely together to steer FITCH through 2017.