WPP is merging two of its biggest agencies — J. Walter Thompson and Wunderman — to form Wunderman Thompson and Mel Edwards, pictured above, who recently succeeded Mark Read as global CEO at Wunderman, will lead the new entity. Tamara Ingram, who has been global CEO of JWT, will serve as chairman.  Wunderman has an office in Washington, D.C.

“According to the company, the new organization will be positioned as a provider of “end-to-end solutions – through creative, data, commerce, consulting and technology services – at a global scale.” The entity will have a staff of more than 20,000 people in 90 markets and will fully operational in early 2019,” stated a MediaPost post.

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