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Nick Theakstone

Nick Theakstone

Job

Chief executive

Company

Group M

Work Telephone

+44 (0)20 7158 5007

Address

124 Theobalds Road, London, WC1X 8RX

Born

1961.

Career highlights

2008: chief executive, Group M. 2006: chief operating officer, Group M. 2002: head of investment, Mindshare, rising to managing director, Group M trading. 1996: TV buying director, MediaVest, rising to deputy managing director. 1985: TV buying director, rising to board director, BMP. 1983: sales assistant, HTV (former ITV franchise for ITV Wales and West regions).

Most cringeworthy moment of your career

Don't have one.

Best thing about your job

Working with MediaCom, Mindshare, Mediaedge:cia and BJK&E.

Worst thing about your job

Financial pressures.

Advice for a wannabe A Lister

Hard work.

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

Sir Martin Sorrell.

What would you do on a sabbatical?

Spend it in Australia.

Your USP?

Hard work.

What would you change about yourself?

Grow my hair.

Favourite media

TV, online.

Favourite shop

Waitrose.

What’s the biggest lie you’ve told?

I don't lie.

How many toilets do you own?

Not many.

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

Sky+.

Lowdown

The ebullient Theakstone has had a remarkable year. Elevated from his post as chief operating officer of Group M, he replaced Steve Allan as chief executive. Being bald may have something to do with it; apparently, it's a good start if you want to get on at Group M.


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