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Ian Pearman

Ian Pearman


Managing director


Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO

Work Telephone

+44 (0)20 7616 3500


151 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5QE


30th October 1974

Career highlights

Repitching for and retaining the National Lottery.

Most cringeworthy moment of your career

Splitting my trousers on the dancefloor at my first agency Christmas party.

Best thing about your job

Working with people who combine new ways with old values.

Worst thing about your job

Dealing with people who confuse chaos with creativity.

Advice for a wannabe A Lister

Get some therapy, you sick fuck.

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

Rory Sutherland, because I'd get to be dead clever and wear a cravat without irony.

What would you do on a sabbatical?

Tell everyone I was going on a round-the-world yacht adventure, and then lie on the sofa for a couple of months.

Your USP?

I'm 33 but look 43.

What would you change about yourself?

I'd like to be able to sing in tune.

Favourite media

Cinema ads and the backs of packs.

Favourite shop

Bagatelle Toys in Henley.

What’s the biggest lie you’ve told?

The BMI on my health assurance.

How many toilets do you own?

I own three but have professional jurisdiction over 28 others.

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



You wouldn't bet against the consummate account man moving even higher at London's biggest agency some time soon. Having been at AMV longer than most of the furniture, he loves to be involved in everything.

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