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Debbie Klein

Debbie Klein


Joint chief executive, The Engine Group; chairman, WCRS.


The Engine Group


60, Great Portland Street, London, , W1W 7RT


August 1968.

Career highlights

AC Nielsen, 1990-92, Saatchi & Saatchi, 1992-97, WCRS 1997-2008, Engine and WCRS, 2008.

Most cringeworthy moment of your career

Losing a challenge to get the word \"marmalade\" into a client presentation on toilet tissue – didn't go unnoticed as I had hoped.

Best thing about your job

Robin's wardrobe inspiration.

Worst thing about your job

Robin's wardrobe inspiration.

Advice for a wannabe A Lister

You're trying too hard.

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

A waiter at The Wolseley – there's nothing they don't know.

What would you do on a sabbatical?

Pole-dancer. At least those lessons would have been worthwhile.

Your USP?

Cool head, firm hand, warm heart.

What would you change about yourself?

Wouldn't change a thing.

Favourite media

Sky News, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Magic FM.

Favourite shop

Duty Free.

What’s the biggest lie you’ve told?

I'll be home by 6.30.

How many toilets do you own?

Does that include potties?

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



Klein stormed back from her maternity leave with one extra child and a new job running Engine alongside Peter Scott. It was a vote of confidence for the planner, as the likeable and capable Klein and her partner will be in charge of growing the ever-expanding business.

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