Speed Communications’ specialist sports division and its sister sponsorship agency Mongoose are to join forces from January 2017 to form an enlarged sports and entertainment business under the Mongoose brand. The merger of the two businesses to create an enlarged specialist agency has been accelerated by the decision of Kate Bosomworth, Managing Partner of Speed Sport, to leave to explore new opportunities in the wider sports arena.
The new agency will operate under the Mongoose brand, to not only meet growing client demand for breadth of offer and expertise in sport, but will create a powerful new force in the industry.
Set to go live as of January 1st 2017, the new business will be led by Chris O’Donoghue, currently CEO of Mongoose, with the current senior teams across both businesses forming one senior management team under his leadership.
Commenting on the forthcoming merger of the two specialists, O’Donoghue says: “Combining Speed Sport and Mongoose is a hugely exciting step for us all and one that makes perfect sense given our specialist skills, our increasingly close working relationship and our recent acquisition of Generate Sponsorship, which was the UK’s leading independent PR and sponsorship agency. We are all looking forward to growing and developing our expertise together as a truly integrated sports and entertainment marketing agency.
“Kate has been an inspirational figurehead for Speed and every one of us wishes her well for an exciting new future in sport.”
Bosomworth feels that the time is now right for her to explore new avenues in sport. “The last 15 years have been an extraordinarily exciting and successful journey”, says Bosomworth. “I’ve had the privilege of working with an amazing group of Clients during this time and an extremely talented team of people. There are some very exciting things happening in sport right now I am keen to explore new horizons and take on a new challenge and wish Chris and the team all the very best for the next phase in what I am certain will be a very bright future for all.”
Passionate about the continuing development and success of the agency, Bosomworth will be leaving her Managing Partner role at the end of the year, but will continue as a consultant to the board into 2017.
Speed Communications will remain under the leadership of CEO Roberta Fuke and continue to focus on its Business, Corporate and Consumer specialisms, working closely with the Mongoose team to provide clients with access to sports expertise wherever and whenever appropriate. “At mission Group we operate a ‘one family’ mentality, and are constantly focused on providing what’s best for Clients. It makes sense to combine mission’s specialist sports talents under one brand, leaving Speed Communications to focus on driving its core B2B and B2C business.”
Mongoose Sports & Entertainment and Speed Communications are part of The Mission Marketing Group plc (the missiontm), the marketing communications and advertising Group including April Six, AprilSix Proof, bigdog, Bray Leino, Chapter, RLA, Robson Brown, Solaris, Splash, Story and ThinkBDW.
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