Clark + Huot, Cocoon, and Velocity/Spacecadet Design Merge to form ClarkHuot/Cocoon

New organization will deliver full range of creative, integrated, and digital marketing programs

WINNIPEG, Jan. 30, 2012 /CNW/ - A new merger of three Canadian agencies, Clark + Huot, Cocoon Branding, and Velocity Branding/Spacecadet Design, will result in a new player with local service and global capabilities entering the Canadian communications sector. Through the combination of a merger strategy and leveraging Clark + Huot's New York City presence as a means of providing global access to their clients, the newly formed agency - ClarkHuot/Cocoon - is a next-generation agency designed to meet the needs and desires of clients in an increasingly fast-changing marketing environment.

"We understand the potential in all of our clients, and creating innovative ways to exceed their aspirations is the cornerstone of what we do," said Peter Clark, newly appointed CEO of ClarkHuot/Cocoon. "After carefully weighing the benefits of a merger, we believe the resulting agency will be better positioned than ever to develop cross-platform marketing programs that connect with consumers through meaningful creative concepts."

Effective immediately, Edmond Huot has been named Executive Creative Director of ClarkHuot/Cocoon. Kyle Romaniuk, former Brand Director and Principal at Cocoon Branding, has been named Managing Director, Canada. Chris Clarke has been appointed Partner, Digital Practice.

"This merger provides our clients with a greater level of creative excellence," said Huot. "As individual agencies, one discipline tended to dominate. Our new approach has the extraordinary potential of being grounded in a media-neutral, content-first creative platform, powered by our insights into consumer behavior."

"The unique service offering we've constructed empowers our clients to access any resources they want by increasing our collective scale and capability," said Romaniuk. "The addition of Chris Clarke and Velocity will immediately strengthen our digital practice and give us the ability to provide our clients with an ideal combination of local experience and service and the ability to access resources from around the world."

An integration process is underway with equal representation from all parties, combining key areas including professional competencies and capabilities (corporate identity work, creative concept development, connection planning, digital activation strategy, app development, media, etc), geographic capabilities, human resources and communications, as well as finance and operations. Integration is expected to be completed within approximately 60 to 90 days.

About Clark + Huot:

Clark + Huot is a strategic brand consulting firm with offices in Winnipeg and New York City.

About Cocoon Branding:

Cocoon Branding is an advertising agency based in Winnipeg that specializes in creative integrated concepts, innovation, and campaign development.

About Velocity/Spacecadet Design

Velocity is a Winnipeg-based digital activation agency that specializes in app development, online engagement initiatives and digital brand activation.

Image with caption: "Clark + Huot, Cocoon and Velocity have come together to form Clarkhuot/Cocoon, an integrated communication agency (CNW Group/ClarkHuot)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120130_C7501_PHOTO_EN_9373.jpg

SOURCE ClarkHuot

For further information:

ON CLARKHUOT COCOON, PLEASE CONTACT:

Kyle Romaniuk, Managing Director, Canada
Telephone: 204-990-6667
Email: kromaniuk@clarkhuotcocoon.com

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