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JWT, previously known as J. Walter Thompson, is a marketing communications brand. It is headquartered in New York and has more than 200 offices in over 90 countries. With a network of nearly 10,000 marketers, it has an influential presence in the global advertising sector.
The company was founded by William James Carlton in 1864. Carlton's company was renamed by James Walter Thompson in 1878 to The James Walter Thompson Company after Thompson's purchase of the company from Carlton. It was acquired by WPP Group in 1987. In 2005, the agency was rebranded by shortening J. Walter Thompson to JWT.
JWT's network has nearly 10,000 employees in more than 200 offices in over 90 countries, who serve over 1,200 clients.
Key clients include:
- Air Canada
- Johnson & Johnson
- Tim Horton's
- United States Marine Corps
Notable people who worked at JWT
- Martin Amis
- Julie Christie
- Bryce Courtenay
- Ken Done
- Judith Durham
- Athol Guy
- H. R. Haldeman
- Adrian Lyne
- Gabriel García Márquez 
- Alan Parker
- James Patterson
- Glenn Slater
- John B. Watson
- Fay Weldon
- Josh Kilmer-Purcell
- Caroline R. Jones
- Woodbury Soap, "A skin you love to touch" (1911)
- 7UP, "The Uncola" (1970s)
- United States Marine Corps, "The Few. The Proud. The Marines." (1976)
- Oscar Mayer, "The Bologna Song" (1962)
- De Beers, "A diamond is forever" (1947)
- The Times of India, "Lead India"; won a Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions festival (2008).
- Samsonite "Heaven and Hell"; JWT Shanghai won a Grand Prix at Cannes (2011).
- Banco Popular, "The Most Popular Song"; JWT Puerto Rico won the Grand Prix for PR at Cannes. (2012)
In popular culture
- 1930: JWT invents the grilled cheese for Kraft.
- 1930s: JWT sells Kellogg’s Rice Krispies with “Snap, Crackle and Pop”.
- 1931: Introduced the first paper towel for Scott Paper.
- 1933: Introduced Kraft Miracle Whip.
- 1939: Produced the first-ever TV program for Libby, McNeill & Libby.
- 1962: JWT creates “The Bologna Song” for Oscar Mayer.
- 1964: Introduced the Ford Mustang.
- 1972: JWT creates the Andrex Puppy.
- 2000: Breaks the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest billboard.
- 2012 Kit Kat in space campaign by JWT London.
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- Official website
- J. Walter Thompson Company (JWT) Collections in the Hartman Center at Duke University