MEC turns 10!

15 May,2012

By A Correspondent


Leading media agency MEC is completing a decade of existence. Created in 2002 from the first ever merger in ad conglomerate WPP’s history, two innovative independent businesses, The Media Edge in North America and CIA in Europe, came together to become MEC.


Named by RECMA as the fastest growing global media network of the decade, MEC was the first media agency to create a specialist digital operation, Outrider, as early as in 1995 and by 2003, these services were fully integrated within the agency, enabling it to offer a seamless Paid Owned and Earned product to clients.


As a founding partner of GroupM in 2003, MEC pioneered the concept of group trading and GroupM remains a unique and groundbreaking concept in the industry.


In their very first decade, the agency has racked up some remarkable achievements.

  • The first media agency to win a Cannes Media Lion
  • The only agency to win Advertising Age’s Global Media Agency of the Year twice in consecutive years
  • The only agency to win Adweek’s Global Media Agency of the Year twice in consecutive years
  • 53 Media Agency of the Year awards in local markets around the world


Today, MEC has over 150 offices in 84 countries and employs over 4,000 people. In India, MEC was launched in 2004 and has full-service offices in Mumbai,Delhi, Chennai and Bengaluru. Both their specialist divisions – MEC Interaction (digital services) and MEC Access (entertainment, sports and partnerships) – were launched in 2008.  Interestingly, this anniversary year has brought much cheer for MEC India.  Not only did the agency win most golds at Goafest 2012, they were adjudged winner at Festival of Media Global for creative of media.


Says Shubha George, Chief Operating Officer, South Asia MEC, “I am delighted to be part of MEC’s journey in India.  And, I am proud that the fledgling agency that we were has blossomed into a super successful organisation that brings on board the best mix of strategic thought, innovative action and analytical measurement. MEC’s culture is unique and infectious and I thank all my colleagues – current and those who have helped build the agency in the past – and wish us an even more successful decade to come.”


Speaking on the occasion, T Gangadhar, Managing Director, MEC India says: “I am proud to be a part of MEC, a global network that is an exciting combination of strategic communications planning  and an idea-centric culture. While we will continue to take inspiration from our prolific past, this occasion is apt time to renew our vows to our clients, staff and associates.”


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