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Publicis Sapient acquires Management Consultancy Third Horizon strengthening its global Strategy & Consulting capability

Monday, March 2nd 2020 - Publicis Sapient has announced the completion of the strategic acquisition of Australia-based Management Consultancy firm, Third Horizon. The acquisition, which closed on February 28th, expands the end-to-end digital transformation capability available to Publicis Sapient clients globally, particularly deepening the Strategy and Consulting expertise available across industries.


With a shared focus on the integration of Strategy with Experience, Engineering and Product to drive customer outcomes, Third Horizon reinforces and accelerates Publicis Sapient’s connected Digital Business Transformation proposition in the market and the acquisition gives Third Horizon clients access to Publicis Sapient’s scale, with a team of 20,000 professionals across 53 offices.


Founded in 2004, Third Horizon has driven double-digit growth through their work with clients such as New South Wales and Victoria State Governments, Lendlease, Powerco New Zealand, Ausgrid and the Federal Government. They offer connected capabilities across strategy, design, and execution and offerings in strategic insights, human-centered design, operating model, commercial strategy, technology enablement, culture & change management, and program delivery.


Nigel Vaz, Global Chief Executive Officer, Publicis Sapient says, “I’m excited to welcome Third Horizon to Publicis Sapient. With the addition of their team, and market-leading capabilities in Management Consulting, we reinforce our commitment to accelerating our clients’ transformations, and will offer one of the most comprehensive end-to-end transformational solutions for our clients globally.”


Neville Bagot, Third Horizon’s Managing Director added, “Third Horizon was established on the relentless focus of helping our clients deliver results.  With the increasing interconnection of customer, digital and operating models, Publicis Sapient emerged as the obvious partner to enhance the breadth of our capabilities, and deliver value to our clients.  We couldn’t be more excited.”  


“Publicis Sapient’s acquisition of a management consulting firm like Third Horizon aligns with our global strategy, and will further accelerate the growth we are experiencing in Australia and internationally. The depth of industry experience from Third Horizon, combined with Publicis Sapient’s deep experience in digital business transformation through the eyes of the customer is an extremely exciting proposition for clients. I am looking forward to working closely with Third Horizon’s principals Neville Bagot, Robert Kelly and Steven Metzmacher who have built an incredibly successful consulting business.” – adds Sarah Adam-Gedge, Managing Director, Publicis Sapient Australia



About Publicis Sapient

Publicis Sapient is a digital business transformation company. We partner with global organizations to help them create and sustain competitive advantage in a world that is increasingly digital. We operate through our expert SPEED capabilities: Strategy and Consulting, Product, Experience, Engineering and Data, which combined with our culture of curiosity and deep industry knowledge, enables us to deliver meaningful impact to our clients’ businesses through reimagining the products and experiences their customers truly value. Our agile, data-driven approach equips our clients’ businesses for change, making digital the core of how they think and what they do. Publicis Sapient is the digital business transformation hub of Publicis Groupe with 20,000 people and over 50 offices worldwide. For more information, visit


About Third Horizon

Third Horizon is a progressive consulting firm specialising in strategy execution.  We help organisations navigate the complexity of business transformation pragmatically, collaboratively and strategically.  We do this by working with leadership – as one team – to implement strategy and complex transformation.

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