UDG United Digital Group & Sasserath Munzinger Plus agree strategic alliance
Further development of UDG United Digital Group as leading agency brand
Expansion of branding expertise
Establishment of a joint consultancy service for digital transformation
Strengthening of the international operations of both companies
Berlin/Hamburg, May 24, 2016 – Jessica Peppel-Schulz, CEO of UDG United Digital Group, brings Marc Sasserath on board to take up the newly created position of Executive Chairman of UDG United Digital Group. As part of this, UDG United Digital Group, one of the leading digital agencies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and Sasserath Munzinger Plus, the internationally renowned brand consultancy, have agreed a strategic alliance.
“Marc Sasserath has been a member of our Advisory Board since 2015. Yet, we quickly realised that this wouldn’t be enough. It is fantastic that, in addition to his position on the Board, Marc will now share his expertise in operational matters with us as Executive Chairman. His expertise as a brand strategist and organisational developer and, last but not least, as an entrepreneur will help UDG take another step forward and reinforce our leading role in the market. Both companies have different strengths, so that a partnership offers fantastic possibilities from which both can profit. In addition, combining strengths will enable us to continue to grow together more internationally,” says Jessica Peppel-Schulz, CEO of UDG United Digital Group. She adds, “I’ve known Marc for many years, since we both worked for Telecom Italia. I am very happy to be working with Marc again as a team – united.”
“UDG United Digital Group really is a diamond in the rough. As one of the largest digital agencies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, UDG offers the full depth and breadth of the complete range of services for the digital transformation of companies. We want to work together to deploy the full power of UDG’s Brand-Tech-Business to make it more clearly visible, both from within and without. That’s the reason we are now reunited,” said Marc Sasserath, founder and Managing Director of Sasserath Munzinger Plus, happily looking forward to the additional challenge at UDG.
With the announcement of this strategic alliance, UDG United Digital Group and Sasserath Munzinger Plus want to work together to develop their businesses and grow successfully. In this way, Sasserath Munzinger Plus, which specialises in transformation of and through branding, will work very closely together with the strategy experts of UDG United Digital Group, and thereby help clients master transformation processes.
About Marc Sasserath
Marc Sasserath is CEO and founding partner of the brand consultancy Sasserath Munzinger Plus, which has offices in Berlin and Milan. The internationally renowned brand strategist founded his first company in 2001: Sasserath Publicis, a joint venture with Publicis. Before that, Sasserath had already made a name for himself in the agency world as Head of Strategy at BBDO and by turning around McCann. In the last 25 years, he has created, positioned and reworked brands, developed brand architectures in complex branding portfolios and made transformations through branding.
In addition to that, the HEC and INSEAD graduate worked in the digital start-up arena as an enterprise accelerator and is, amongst other things, partner of / mentor to hub:raum, Axel Springer Plug & Play and GTEC. In 2014, also in this context, together with other entrepreneurs from the ESCP business school, he founded the Entrepreneurs school, which trains entrepreneurs in Berlin and Paris.
About UDG United Digital Group
UDG United Digital Group is the leading agency for digital brand management in the German-speaking countries. UDG develops digital strategies for brands, creates unique brand experiences and steers them to measurable success. In a highly innovative, intelligent and efficient fashion, UDG combines the advantages of the comprehensive experience and expertise of its specialist units with the holistic and strategic expertise of a large agency brand. Consistently over the whole range of existing disciplines – as a single discipline or everything from a single source.
Five times certified: The Bundesverband Digitale Wirtschaft (BVDW) (Federal Association for the Digital Economy) awarded UDG United Digital Group its “Trusted Agency Certification” not only as a full-service agency but also in the fields of SEO, SEA, Affiliate Marketing and Social Media, making UDG the only digital agency to hold five certifications.
With fee revenue of 69.3 million Euros in 2015, UDG is one of the leading digital agencies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. At twelve locations in Germany as well as in London (UK), more than 650 employees and freelancers from UDG United Digital Group offer a comprehensive range of services. The agency’s head office is in Hamburg.
About SASSERATH MUNZINGER PLUS
Sasserath Munzinger Plus is a brand consultancy that works with leading and ambitious brands such as Telecom Italia, Vodafone, L’Oréal, Penny/REWE Group, Deutsche Bank, HY!, Twitter, betterplace.org and FC St. Pauli.
Our guiding philosophy: Transformational Branding – the power of branding to change and ensure the sustainability of companies.
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