Dentsu Aegis Network bolsters leadership position in Digital Performance as Columbus expands into Asia


Dentsu Aegis Network today announces the expansion of its leading Australian digital performance agency Columbus into Asia – a strategic move to further strengthen the network’s digital scale and leadership position in digital performance. 

Columbus Asia will become Dentsu Aegis Network’s second digital performance brand in the region and will fortify the Group’s growing global performance marketing network. Columbus Asia will continue the agency’s award-winning positioning of consumer-centric performance and experience solutions underpinned by data and technology. 

Since its establishment in 2006, the Australian-based digital agency has grown to become the country’s largest performance marketing business. Powered by over 100 staff locally, the Sydney hub will continue as the region’s centre of excellence for product and strategy. Columbus works with a prestigious list of global brands. 

Nick Waters CEO Dentsu Aegis Network Asia Pacific said of the expansion, "We have seen significant growth in performance media across the region. In Columbus we have Australia's leading search and performance agency, and will now extend the agency into Asia to capture the opportunity. 

“Columbus will operate in parallel to iProspect as a sister agency, and Ruth Stubbs will lead a new performance media division within the group."

Rosemary Lising, previously Regional Managing Director iProspect: Key Accounts, will become the Managing Director for Columbus Asia and drive the Asian expansion. She said, “Columbus has been an extremely successful company for Dentsu Aegis Network in Australia, and we feel it’s the right time to expand the business and its innovative performance solutions into Asia. The opportunity will allow us to meet ambitious targets with our growing roster of Dentsu Aegis clients across Asia Pacific.”

Rosemary will report into Ruth Stubbs, now CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network Digital Performance, which also includes iProspect, John Brown and the network’s mobile agency Fetch in Asia Pacific. 

Rebecca Tos, who will continue as Managing Director for Columbus Australia, said,

“Expansion into Asia is a significant milestone for Columbus, not only signalling the strength of our brand across borders but also the synergy of our world class offering with clients in the Asian market. I’m truly excited to support the Columbus Asia operation and our existing clients with Asian presence are already seeing real value in this growth for their business, strengthening our brand and partnerships even further.”

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For further information contact:

Laura Green-Wilkinson
Regional Marketing & Communications Director
Dentsu Aegis Network Asia Pacific
T: +65 9115 7617

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About Dentsu Aegis Network

Part of Dentsu Inc., Dentsu Aegis Network is made up of nine global network brands - Carat, Dentsu, Dentsu media, iProspect, Isobar, mcgarrybowen, MKTG, Posterscope and Vizeum and supported by its specialist/multi-market brands. Dentsu Aegis Network is Innovating the Way Brands Are Built for its clients through its best-in-class expertise and capabilities in media, digital and creative communications services. Offering a distinctive and innovative range of products and services, Dentsu Aegis Network is headquartered in London and operates in 123 countries worldwide with over 27,000 dedicated specialists.

About Columbus

Columbus is a connections agency driven by a blend of performance and experience expertise underpinned by data and technology. Our talented team partner with our clients to build meaningful connections between people, ideas and brands. At Columbus, our expert navigation of data, pioneering strategy & exploration of emerging technology pushes us further to understand each customer journey and human behaviour to ultimately, create value for our clients. Since founded in 2006, Columbus has pioneered in the Performance and Experience space, growing to become the largest agency in Australia in what we do. We are Australian made while enjoying the benefits of being part of the Dentsu Aegis Network, including a rich heritage across all industry verticals. A relentless focus on innovation, Columbus has a dedicated Centre of Excellence division producing 47 first to market initiatives in Australia and four global firsts.