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Marie Oldham

Marie Oldham

Job

Head of strategy

Company

MPG

Work Telephone

+44 (0)20 7393 9000

Address

11 Great Newport Street, London, WC2H

Born

1965.

Career highlights

Working in full-service agencies such as Burton Wisgard, FCB and Leo Burnett in roles from TV buyer to head of press and, eventually, strategy director at Leo Burnett. I moved to BBC Worldwide to add some financial rigour and to see what it is like being a client (with PHD as our agency). All topped off by eight years at MPG as head of strategy, working within a brilliant network which had the vision to slowly and steadily build the right agency for 21st-century communications.

Most cringeworthy moment of your career

Undisclosed.

Best thing about your job

Great people and clients who let us get involved in genuine business issues.

Worst thing about your job

Status meetings.

Advice for a wannabe A Lister

Spend your time focusing on other things.

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

Michael Grade – the opportunity to revolutionise the TV model for the opportunity to revolutionise the TV model for the 21st century is huge. As is the vision for how to monetise it.

What would you do on a sabbatical?

Travel around the world with my family for a year.

Your USP?

I'm not posh.

What would you change about yourself?

My time-keeping skills.

Favourite media

Anything portable.

Favourite shop

Waterstone's.

What’s the biggest lie you’ve told?

It only cost £100 in the sale.

How many toilets do you own?

Too many.

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

Books.

Lowdown

MPG's chief strategic mind continues to give it an edge against the competition and wins tremendous respect for the clients she works on (notably Camelot and the BBC). She seems happily ensconced at the Havas agency as it continues to grow and has, so far, resisted offers to move elsewhere.


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