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John Overend

John Overend


Joint managing director


OPera Media

Work Telephone

+44 (0)20 3037 7013


Fitzroy House, 11 Chenies Street, London, WC1E 7EY



Career highlights

Too many to mention after over 20 years!

Most cringeworthy moment of your career

Having a photo of me taken in the late 80s with Afro hair flash up on screen at a PHD company meeting.

Best thing about your job


Worst thing about your job


Advice for a wannabe A Lister

Be determined.

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

Happy being myself.

What would you do on a sabbatical?

Take my family to visit Australia.

Your USP?

Hopefully not completely unique, but integrity.

What would you change about yourself?

Still have my Afro.

Favourite media

CNBC, Financial Times, The Sunday Times, the Saturday Telegraph,

Favourite shop


What’s the biggest lie you’ve told?

I don't lie!

How many toilets do you own?


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

An internet connection.


The somewhat low-key Overend continues to play an instrumental role in Omnicom's UK negotiations, helped this year by a relatively stronger PHD operation (the agency he came out of to launch OPera). Overend might look like a kindly uncle type figure, but he's capable of producing cutting humour and tough negotiations when required.

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