Zespri appoints WPP agencies as its global AOR

Zespri and WPP

The WPP agencies for the global mandate will be led by VMLY&R and Mindshare. They will work with Zespri to help enhance its market proposition across the United States, Europe, and Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan).

Zespri International Limited has selected an interdisciplinary team of WPP agencies as its global Agency of Record (AOR) to deliver its brand proposition of ‘Make Your Healthy Irresistible’, through communications, experience, commerce, and technology.

Jiunn Shih, Chief Growth Officer, Zespri International, said, “At Zespri, we are on a mission to help people, communities and the environment thrive through the goodness of kiwifruit. As we enter a new phase of our journey with the refresh of our brand, we recognized the need to partner with a leading global agency group that shares our values and our belief that a brand with purpose can change the world for the better. Throughout the selection process, WPP agencies like VMLY&R and Mindshare have stood out for their strategic thinking, creative direction, and innovation capabilities. Most importantly, we were impressed by the talented and diverse team we’ve met. I am excited by the start of this partnership and I look forward to the impactful work we will create together.”

WPP will work with Zespri to enhance its global market proposition across the United States, Europe, and Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan).

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Mark Read, CEO, WPP, said, “WPP shares Zespri’s belief in the importance of brand trust. We’ve seen how a focus on growing a strong brand and innovation have led to more sustainable livelihoods for Zespri’s co-operative community. We are excited to support their mission globally, through our team’s rich knowledge of local consumer preferences and best-in-class marketing innovations.”

Commenting on the global appointment, Tripti Lochan, Co-CEO, VMLY&R Asia, said, “Zespri’s growth ambitions are inspiring. Working with a client partner who mirrors our own focus on creating connected brand experiences across global markets, and does so while being collaborative with a desire to be the benchmark of marketing excellence is humbling. We can’t wait to get started with this new partnership.”

Rohan Lightfoot, Chief Growth Officer for Mindshare in the Asia Pacific, said, “From the very first day of the pitch process, we were inspired by Zespri’s vision for their business and their growth ambition.  As a fast-growing, global business with their home in the Asia Pacific, they are a great partner for Mindshare.  Zespri is embracing the power of data and digital to accelerate the growth of their brand and their business and we’re excited to be helping them realize their ambitions.”



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