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Adrian Pettett

Adrian Pettett


Chief operating officer


Cake Group

Work Telephone

+44 (0)20 7307 3100


10 Stephen Mews, London, W1T 1AG


10th October 1967

Career highlights

Being lucky enough to have had a hand in creating some of the benchmark branded content TV projects over the last five years and, of course, being part of the Cake success story.

Most cringeworthy moment of your career

I appeared in an ad for Cycling Weekly dressed head to toe as a rider from the Tour de France. I was the marketing manager, it was my first day in the job.

Best thing about your job

Brave and visionary clients and repaying the faith placed in us.

Worst thing about your job

When I see creativity and genuine innovation getting smothered by pragmatism and a culture of risk-aversion.

Advice for a wannabe A Lister

Hire a PR agency.

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

Robert Senior (and he knows why!).

What would you do on a sabbatical?

Write my first novel.

Your USP?

I am the third man.

What would you change about yourself?

More hair. More patience.

Favourite media

The Guardian, Radio 5 Live, The Sunday Times.

Favourite shop

The Harrods Food Hall at Christmas.

What’s the biggest lie you’ve told?

I can speak fluent French and I don't really like watching football (both to my wife on our first date).

How many toilets do you own?


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

English Breakfast tea.


The ex-Loaded publisher is moving to the US with his family next April to head up the Cake/Havas Sport & Entertainment division in New York. Pettett spearheaded Cake's drive into brand-funded TV in the UK, but the company's acquisition by Havas in March this year gives him a much larger platform on which to play.

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