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Dentsu Aegis Network acquires Davanti into Isobar Group

Isobar New Zealand will acquire Davanti and it will be known as Davanti, Linked by Isobar across Australia and New Zealand.

New Zealand-based technology and business consultancy firm, Davanti Consulting, will be acquired by Dentsu Aegis Network and will form part of Isobar Group.

The acquisition follows the recent rebranding of Little Giant, which was renamed to Isobar New Zealand, to signify a new regional focus for the agency.

Davanti, established in 2007, is a market-leading digital transformation consultancy with 125 employees across Auckland, Wellington and Australia. They have worked with many of New Zealand’s top tier clients, including multiple Government organisations.

The acquisition will introduce technology consulting and Salesforce capability to Dentsu Aegis' New Zealand network to enhance its integrated client solutions and boost 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.”

Upon completing the acquisition, Davanti will become known as Davanti, Linked by Isobar across Australia and New Zealand.

Pictured: L-R Robert Carter of Davanti, Justin Hamilton of Davanti, Rob Harvey of DAN NZ and Matt Farrar of Davanti.

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