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John Owen

John Owen


Planning partner



Work Telephone

+44 (0)20 7299 3000.


13-14 Margaret Street, 2nd Floor, London, W1W 8RN


1st June 1966

Fantasy business partner

Francis Lee.

How do you off-set your carbon footprint?

Possibly naively, I make a donation at

Greatest influence

Colin Bell.



Favourite gadget

My new Sony Walkman.

Desert island objects

Swedish flat-pack houses, a crate of Boddies and a kazoo.

Most-admired politician

You've got to be kidding?

Favourite media

The Guardian, The Observer Sport Monthly, Blackadder, 6 Music, 25 letters in the alphabet.

Biggest risk taken

Becoming a Manchester City fan.

Perfect day

Lie-in the with papers, game of tennis, lunch at Banners, afternoon snooze, take in an early evening screening of The Lives of Others, curry at the Indian Ocean on Holloway Road.

Who should play you in the film of your life?

Daniel Craig.

Career highlights

Editing Campaign's news pages for three years (ahh, the power), joining Motive and working with some of the most inspiring media thinkers in the UK, joining Dare and working with some of the most talented, dedicated and downright nice people in the world.

Fictional hero


Best job outside advertising

I once taught English as a foreign language to adults in London. Pay and conditions were awful, but I met some fascinating people from all around the world.


This year, Owen has moved out of planning and shifted towards general management and developing strategy for the Cossette UK group. Managing the jostle for top dog position with Miles Calcraft Briginshaw Duffy will take all of his diplomatic skills.

Most expensive purchase

My Dare shares. Worth it.

Why are you good at what you do?

Mostly, because I enjoy it so much.

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