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Jon Gittings

Jon Gittings

Job

Executive director, strategic planning.

Company

Manning Gottlieb OMD

Work Telephone

+44 (0)20 7470 5326

Address

Seymour Mews House, 26-37 Seymour Mews, London, W1H 6BN

Born

1970.

Career highlights

The Barley Mow. Being given a job by Colin Gottlieb. The Eurostar account. And every pitch I've worked on and won.

Most cringeworthy moment of your career

When I pitched for Orange about six or so years ago. The fear of that presentation repeating itself has kept me motivated ever since.

Best thing about your job

That Leslie Phillips moment when everything connects in your head, you get the idea and you just know it's going to be a great piece of work.

Worst thing about your job

I hate losing pitches.

Advice for a wannabe A Lister

Start at Z and work backwards. Sorry. I inherited my dad's sense of humour. Alternatively, trust your instincts and don't grow up too fast.

If you could be anyone else in this business, who would it be?

No one person. Probably a little bit of each of the team that created the Bravia \"balls\" ad.

What would you do on a sabbatical?

Rent a house in the hills overlooking Florence and pretend to be a gentleman of leisure doing the Grand Tour.

Your USP?

I play the French horn better than anyone I know.

What would you change about yourself?

About a stone. Less, in case you were wondering.

Favourite media

Books to learn stuff and comics because I'm still about eight.

Favourite shop

Selfridges.

What’s the biggest lie you’ve told?

It was all my own work.

How many toilets do you own?

Just the one. But it's a very nice one.

What can’t you live without (apart from family)?

My piano. It's brilliant to play. Looks quite impressive too.

Lowdown

Every inch the creative media planner, Gittings has had a busy year evolving the Manning Gottlieb OMD planning product and pitching relentlessly. Outside the business, he combines a passion for winter sports with a strong knowledge of fine wines. A possibly dangerous combination.


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