IAAF image makeover

IAAF appoints leading agencies to review brand and identity

Wednesday 16 January 2008

The IAAF is pleased to announce that it has appointed two major international companies to further develop and enhance the brand and identity for the IAAF.

After a very competitive tender process, the IAAF has decided to appoint The Works as its first ever official Branding Agency.

The Works is a leading branding agency based in Leeds, UK, that provides branding as well as other services in areas such as event, museum and exhibition designs, and already works with a number of top organizations in sport.

In close collaboration with the IAAF, the Works will create and deliver in all the different stages of the branding process including design, structure and application.

In addition to its partnership with the Works, the IAAF has appointed, Whitestone, as a consultant on the IAAF brand strategy.

Whitestone is a leading brand agency specializing in building sports brands and will support the existing branding team with its extensive knowledge and creativity in the field of brand strategy.
To ensure this process works efficiently, the IAAF will work in partnership with Dentsu, its world-wide Marketing Agency, and continue to team up with them in the future stages of the process.

The IAAF will now start working with the new formed team.

“With the IAAF Centenary coming up in 2012, the time is right to evaluate the IAAF’s brand identity and to make sure that we present ourselves in a way that allows us to promote ourselves in a way that is modern, relevant and exciting. We want to present a picture of a 21st century IAAF that the public understands and appreciates.”

Roy Webber, Managing Director of the Works said: “We are very excited to be working with the IAAF. We are looking forward to the challenge of delivering the improved branding and applying our creative approach to this project.”

Managing Director of Whitestone, Chris Lightfoot says “Athletics and the IAAF have a powerful history and we are looking forward to brining a new dimension to an already strong global brand.”