Inmarsat, the UK-based mobile satellite communications company, is
reviewing its global account out of Publicis following its decision to
privatise next year.
Inmarsat - which is an inter-governmental organisation consisting of 84
national telecommunications companies, including BT - is understood to
have drawn up a shortlist of four agencies for its global account.
The review comes on the back of last month’s announcement that Inmarsat
will be privatised in April 1999, creating a new company with
headquarters in London. The company will be floated two years after
The agency trawl is being conducted by Caroline Shallamo, Inmarsat’s
director of communications. Budgets have yet to be finalised.
Gavin Trevitt, the business communications manager at Inmarsat, said:
’This seemed like a good time to see what the rest of the advertising
industry is doing. We just wanted to put our heads above the
Inmarsat is the leading provider of communications services for areas of
the globe beyond the reach of cellular phones. It has seen its
subscriber base increase from 50,000 in 1996 to 125,000 this year. Its
services are used mainly by shipping companies, airlines, oil and gas
companies and the news media, although it is trying to raise demand
The company hired Publicis to handle its global advertising business in
January 1996 after a pitch against Saatchi & Saatchi, Grey Advertising
and J. Walter Thompson.
The agency created a dollars 20 million global television and print
campaign two years ago, spearheaded by a 60-second TV commercial with
the line: ’Make contact with other worlds via Inmarsat.’