By Princewill Ekwujuru

OMD Worldwide, an Omnicom Media Group Agency, has been named Global Media Agency of the Year by Adweek, a leading media and advertising industry publication.

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In selecting OMD, Adweek cited the company’s impressive turnaround performance following a very challenging 2017 that saw the historically dominant agency fall to the bottom of all major media analyst rankings.

Adweek’s story details the comeback that took place during 2018 – a journey that saw OMD win to retain over $2.6billion business.

On the award, the Global Chief Executive Officer, OMD Worldwide, Florian Adamski said: “It is a great honour to be named Adweek’s Global Media Agency of the Year. Not only did we win more than 300 pitches across all geographies last year, but at the same time we more than doubled our retention rate and improved our client ratings four consecutive times throughout 2018. We also remained the most medaled agency at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. When you put all this together it is simply astonishing.”

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He added: “but none of this would have been possible without the hard work, talent and adaptability of our people nor the trust placed in us by our clients and partners. I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved and look forward to building on this foundation in 2019 and beyond.”

According to Adweek’s story, the turnaround began with key leadership changes, firstly by the appointment of Adamski to Global Chief Executive Officer  in late 2017 and laterally as he built out his key executive and regional leadership teams with a blend of proven talent from within Omnicom and key hires from the wider industry.

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