Volkswagen Group has today confirmed it will consolidate all its media planning and buying business with PHD from January 2017.

In what is reportedly the largest globally consolidated account win in history, the intensive pitch process saw PHD pitching against incumbent MediaCom and IPG Mediabrands.

Today it is announced that PHD will manage 8 VW Group brands; Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT, Skoda, Porsche, Bentley, VW Commercial Vehicles and MAN and spans 35 markets.  VW Group is set to become the world’s largest car company this year and is the world’s fifth largest advertiser – billings are estimated to be in excess of US$2.5 billion.

According to an official statement from the VW Group, “New digitalization possibilities and new ways of targeting specific groups are to be put to much greater use in media planning. Following a review of the overall budget and an intensive pitch over a period of eight months, a new contract has been awarded for the global media budget of the Volkswagen Group. The media holding of the Omnicom Group stood out against the competition and convinced all the Group brands involved by providing trends-setting impetus in media management and a broad-based, strategically sound service range.”

This win has been reported by Campaign, M&M Global, AdWeek and AdAge to date.