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Hilary Jeffrey

Hilary Jeffrey


President, EMEA



Work Telephone

+44 (0)20 7436 2005


The Telephone Exchange, 5 North Crescent, Chenies Street, London, WC1E 7PH


In the swinging 60s.

Career highlights

Managing partner, Manning Gottlieb Media, 1990-2000. General manager, OMD Europe, 2001-06. President, PHD EMEA, 2006 onwards.

Most cringeworthy moment of your career

Being picked up at Wrexham train station to go to a client meeting by what I thought was a cabbie, only to find ten minutes into the journey (and sitting in the back seat) that the driver was the marketing director.

Best thing about your job

It's something different every day.

Worst thing about your job

It's something different every day.

Advice for a wannabe A Lister

Work hard; be a radiator, not a drain.

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

A 22-year-old media trainee – because the future is going to be so exciting.

What would you do on a sabbatical?

Grow roses.

Your USP?

I am always trying to find a better way.

What would you change about yourself?

To be multilingual.

Favourite media


Favourite shop


What’s the biggest lie you’ve told?

The cheque is in the post.

How many toilets do you own?

Seven – not all in one place though.

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

My migraine medicine and my yoga mat.


Jeffrey's intelligent and grounded leadership of PHD in Europe is starting to pay off as the business starts to resemble a proper network. As tireless in her pursuit of new ideas as she is of new business, Jeffrey is a key part of the PHD senior team.

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