French automobile brand Citroen assigned its global communications account to the biggest French advertising agency, BETC Group, with the account to be handled through a dedicated, integrated and international unit named Traction – created to answer the strategic and creative challenges of a world-class brand -, led by Bertille Toledano and Stephane Xiberras, Presidents of BETC Paris.
Citroën, which, for the last 30 years, has been a historic account of the Havas network that helped build this iconic brand, was previously handled by Les Gaulois agency.
Traction will officially open on October 1st.
Arnaud Belloni, Worldwide Chief Marketing Citroën:
I grew up with the imagery of Citroën iconic communication items, with the chevrons, the aircraft carriers, and the « revolutionary » men. We want to use the spirit of its past as inspiration to foster its revival and bring the brand back to modern values
Bertille Toledano, President of Traction:
It is an immense pleasure and a huge responsibility to handle such a strong brand, so French and so creative. Citroën has the DNA of an iconic and world-class brand.
Stephane Xiberras, President and Executive Creative Director of Traction:
To have the opportunity to take the creative lead of such an incredible automobile brand, that has produced legendary creative campaigns, is an honour and a great responsibility.