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The logo of JWT.

J. Walter Thompson is a marketing communications brand headquartered in New York. The agency 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.[citation needed]

As the fourth-largest agency network in the world, J. Walter Thompson is one of the key subsidiaries of the WPP Group (NASDAQ:WPPGY). It consistently ranks among the world’s top agency networks.[citation needed]


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.[citation needed] In 2014, the agency celebrated its 150th anniversary and returned to its full name "J. Walter Thompson"


JWT's network has nearly 10,000 employees in more than 200 offices in over 90 countries, who serve over 1,200 clients.

J. Walter Thompson Co. advertisement, 1903

Key clients include:[citation needed]

  • Air Canada
  • Bayer
  • Ford
  • HSBC
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kellogg’s
  • Kimberly-Clark
  • Macy’s
  • Nestlé
  • Nokia/Microsoft
  • Rolex
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Energizer/Schick
  • Shell
  • Tata
  • Tim Horton's
  • Unilever
  • United States Marine Corps
  • Vodafone

Notable people who worked at JWT[edit]

Notable campaigns[edit]

  • Woodbury Soap, "A skin you love to touch" (1911)[5]
  • 7UP, "The Uncola" (1967)[6]
  • United States Marine Corps, "The Few. The Proud. The Marines." (1947)[citation needed]
  • Oscar Mayer, "The Bologna Song" (1962)[7]
  • The Times of India, "Lead India"; won a Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions festival (2008).[8]
  • Samsonite "Heaven and Hell"; JWT Shanghai won a Grand Prix at Cannes (2011).[citation needed]
  • Banco Popular, "The Most Popular Song"; JWT Puerto Rico won the Grand Prix for PR at Cannes. (2012)[9]

In popular culture[edit]


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  2. ^ "James Patterson Inc". New York Times. 20 January 2010. 
  3. ^ brandrepublic.com, 26 July 2002, 08:00AM (2002-07-26). "Superbrands case studies: J Walter Thompson - Brand Republic News". PR Week. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  4. ^ "Caroline Jones, 59, Founder Of Black-Run Ad Companies". The New York Times. 8 July 2001. 
  5. ^ "Model Interpretation". Historymatters.gmu.edu. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  6. ^ "Ad Age Advertising Century: Top 100 Advertising Campaigns | Special: The Advertising Century". Advertising Age. 1999-03-29. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  7. ^ "Oscar Mayer Wiener Song". Wisconsinhistory.org. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  8. ^ N Shatrujeet, Jun 22, 2008, 12.17am IST (2008-06-22). "Now, Lead India wins Integrated Lion at Cannes". Times Of India. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  9. ^ "Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, 'The Most Popular Song' | Inspiration | Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity". Canneslions.com. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  10. ^ "Women to Watch: Daiga Atvara, JWT's Digitaria | Special Report: Women to Watch - Advertising Age". Adage.com. 2012-06-04. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  11. ^ a b "Guide to the J. Walter Thompson Company. Domestic Advertisements Collection, 1875-2001 and undated, bulk 1920s-1990s". Duke University Libraries. 
  12. ^ Published: September 15, 2003 (2003-09-15). "J. Walter Thompson Co. | AdAge Encyclopedia of Advertising". Advertising Age. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  13. ^ "Oscar Mayer Foods Corp. | AdAge Encyclopedia of Advertising -". Advertising Age. 2003-09-15. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  14. ^ "1964 1/2 Ford Mustang - By Design -". Automobile Magazine. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  15. ^ "Andrex lines up celebratory campaign as mascot puppy turns 40". Marketing Magazine. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  16. ^ Author* (2012-10-15). "Kit Kat Goes to Space | JWT Blog". Jwt.com. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Davis, Rhiannon, “Negotiating Local and Global Knowledge and History: J. Walter Thompson around the Globe, 1928–1960,” Journal of Australian Studies 36 (no. 1, 2012), 81–97.

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