GroupM, the new holding company formed by WPP Group in April to encompass its two global media networks (Mediaedge:cia and MindShare), has launched a third international media agency.

Initially focusing on Asia, Maxus debuts in Hong Kong, headed by regional ceo Alice Lam, a survivor from the formerly Cordiant-owned local office of ZenithOptimedia.

Rapid growth is on the cards. The fledgling network's coverage will extend as of next week to Sweden with a progressive international rollout to follow.

Maxus will use the Hong Kong model as a template for international expansion, using former Bates-owned media units acquired last year when WPP ingested the remnants of Cordiant Communications.

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