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Dentsu Aegis Network Acquires New Zealand Based Davanti into Isobar Group

04/07/2019
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The acquisition of the digital transformation consultancy follows the recent rebranding of Little Giant as Isobar New Zealand
Dentsu Aegis Network has today announced the acquisition of Davanti Consulting Ltd (Davanti), a New Zealand-based technology and business consultancy into Isobar Group. The acquisition follows the recent rebranding of Little Giant as Isobar New Zealand, signalling a clear focus on accelerated growth across the region.

Established in 2007, Davanti is a market-leading digital transformation consultancy, with a headcount of 125 across Auckland, Wellington and a recently launched Australian office. They have relationships with many of New Zealand’s top tier clients, including multiple government organisations.

The acquisition introduces technology consulting and Salesforce capability to Dentsu Aegis Network New Zealand, enhancing the network’s proposition of integrated client solutions across the entire customer journey. The acquisition will also accelerate the development of Salesforce capability within Isobar Australia.
Rob Harvey, CEO of DAN New Zealand, said: “We are laser focused on innovating the way our client’s brands are built to help them win, keep and grow their best customers. Acquisitions are an accelerator of this strategy, bringing in transformational capability and entrepreneurial talent to strengthen our fully integrated solutions offering for clients. Davanti has built a scaled and consistently high performing business and bringing them into our group is a game changer in the New Zealand market. I’m hugely excited to be working with Justin, Rob, Matt and the Davanti team to deliver a differentiated service and enhanced commercial value for our clients.”

Erik Hallander, managing director of Isobar Australia, said: “We’re thrilled to bring Davanti on board. They have a brilliant, and unique, business model – across business consulting and technology delivery. Bringing them together with Isobar Australia and New Zealand hugely enhances our capability expansion across the region and sets us apart by introducing an integrated end-to-end digital transformation offering for our clients.”

Justin Hamilton, CEO at Davanti, said: “It has been a fantastic 12 years leading Davanti with Robert Carter and Matt Farrar. We are really excited about the next chapter as part of Isobar and the wider Dentsu Aegis Network. Now we have the capability and global scale for Davanti to be a serious competitor in Australia and realise its true potential in New Zealand. Strategically we have strived to put Davanti at the intersection of the strategy, technology and creative domains. We are the only firm in New Zealand who are delivering on this for our clients with our incredible team. Isobar now provides us the creative depth and assets of a global player to truly lead the market.”

Upon completion, Davanti will become Davanti, Linked by Isobar across Australia and New Zealand.


Image L-R: Robert Carter, Davanti; Justin Hamilton, Davanti; Rob Harvey, DAN NZ; Matt Farrar, Davanti.
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