KPMG Australia has acquired UX, web and mobile development consultancy, Love Agency, which specialises in building solutions for enterprise and government clients.
The move to buy the ten-year-old business, for an undisclosed sum, is part of a general shift by consultancies to bolster their creative and digital capabilities.
“The addition of Love Agency’s capabilities will provide greater scale for our fast-growing KPMG Digital Delta business and further enhance our market position as a global leader in delivering true enterprise-wide digital transformation," says KPMG Australia CEO Gary Wingrove.
The 40 staff at Love Agency team will combine with KPMG’s specialists in digital strategy, artificial intelligence, cognitive and machine learning, internet of things, and data, analytics and modelling.
Love Agency founders CEO Danny Housseas and COO Arthur Gougoustamos become KPMG Partners.
Housseas says: “Having spent the last decade researching and delivering customer centric products in highly scalable enterprise environments we are delighted to embark on the next phase of our journey. As part of KPMG, we’ll be able to bring together a broader set of digital capabilities, work with some of the smartest minds in the business and at a larger scale than previously possible. This will ensure our clients have the necessary support to achieve their transformation goals.”
Ian Hancock, Head of Management Consulting for KPMG, says the firm is increasingly being asked to assist lients to re-imagine and re-invent themselves.
"This often means supporting their transformation into world-class digital enterprises using advanced technologies, data and human insights," he says
“Bringing Love Agency into KPMG Digital Delta means we are better able to deliver end-to-end digital transformation solutions that seamlessly connect our clients’ front, middle and back offices."
Over the past year, Love Agency has collaborated with KPMG to co-deliver successful projects, allowing each business to trial what will now be a fulltime relationship.
Last year acquired customer experience agency UDKU, established in 2013 by former M&C Saatchi heads Mark Timmins and Colin Jowell, and Kon Marinis, who previously worked at IdeaWorks
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