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|Type||Subsidiary of WPP Group|
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JWT is one of the largest advertising agencies in the United States and the fourth-largest in the world. It is one of the key companies of Sir Martin Sorrell's WPP Group (NASDAQ:WPPGY) and is headquartered in New York. The global agency is led by Worldwide Chairman and Global CEO Bob Jeffrey who took over the role in 1998. JWT was named Adweek magazine's 2009 "Global Agency of the Year."
The company that was to become JWT was founded by William James Carlton in 1864. Carlton's company was renamed by James Walter Thompson in 1877 to The James Walter Thompson Company, by Thompson's purchase of the company from Carlton, which eventually became J. Walter Thompson. It was acquired by WPP Group in 1987. In 2005, the agency was "relaunched" by dropping the name J. Walter Thompson in exchange for JWT.
JWT claims to be the first to:
- build the first full-service advertising agency
- create the first international network. Its London office opened in 1899. By 1930, the agency had established offices in some 30 countries.
- pioneer ad careers for women. It hired the first female creative director in 1908.
- create the first-ever testimonial ad (it was for Pond's Cold Cream), in 1925.
- produce the first-ever TV commercial in 1939.
- develop account planning in 1968.
- create the first advertisement in Second Life (Ford Argentina)
- be the first agency to create its own television Christmas special in 2009, Macy's "Yes, Virginia" (JWT New York)
JWT's network has nearly 10,000 employees in more than 200 offices in over 90 countries, who serve over 1,200 clients.
Clients of JWT include:
- Johnson & Johnson
- Royal Caribbean
- Illinois Bureau of Tourism
- Tim Hortons
- United States Marine Corps
- U.S. Corp. for Travel Promotion
JWT New York 
JWT New York is the headquarters of JWT Worldwide as well as the largest of JWT’s 200-plus offices, serving clients like Bloomberg, Cadbury, Diageo, HSBC, Johnson & Johnson, Nestlé, Royal Caribbean, Schick, U.S. Corp. for Travel Promotion among others. In March 2010, David Eastman was named CEO JWT North America. He is also the worldwide digital director for JWT. Eastman's first acquisition was the full-service, award-winning digital shop Digitaria. The San-Diego based agency was acquired in August 2010. In July 2011, Eastman also acquired the Los Angeles-based shopper marketing firm Lunchbox.  In August 2011, JWT New York won the U.S. Corp. for Travel Promotion account. The New York offices of JWT were designed by Clive Wilkinson Architects.
JWT INSIDE 
JWT INSIDE is an employee communications agency providing advertising, marketing, measurement and consulting solutions that help companies recruit, engage and retain employees. The agency has 11 offices in North America and internationally. A subsidiary of JWT, its parent company is WPP.
JWT Atlanta 
JWT Atlanta services a roster of clients including the United States Marine Corps, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Transamerica, Shell, Jiffy Lube and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). With offices in Atlanta, Dallas and Houston, JWT Atlanta provides fully integrated engagement services, including creative development, planning, digital strategy, social media, media planning and buying, UX, website design/development, search and analytics. Today, the full-service Atlanta office is led by Chief Creative Officer Perry Fair and Chief Operating Officer Marshall Lauck.
Digitaria was founded in 1997  as a website design company, focusing mostly on creative content, user experience, and online marketing. As part of a strategy to expand its offerings, Digitaria acquired the technology firm Console in 2006  after collaborating on a redesign of NBC's website. Console was an Encinitas-based company offering digital asset and content management and application hosting tools. The goal was to add Console's technical assets to Digitaria's creative and marketing experience, with the merged company now able to offer customers complete end-to-end website solutions. Between 2005 and 2007, Digitaria increased its revenue by over 300% and tripled its number of employees.
Since then, the company has continued to expand its capabilities and client roster, and was acquired by JWT in September, 2010.
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