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Stephen Whyte

Stephen Whyte


Chief executive


McCann Erickson

Work Telephone

+44 (0)20 7837 3737.


Communications House, 7-11 Herbrand Street, London, WC1N 1EX


1st January 1963

Fantasy business partner

Roman Abramovich.

How do you off-set your carbon footprint?

Does letting my lawn grow longer count?

Greatest influence

My grandfather.

Favourite gadget

My Nikon.

Desert island objects

A bottle of Scotch, a pack of Marlboro Lights and a bag of smoky bacon crisps.

Most-admired politician

Winston Churchill.

Favourite media

The Times, The Week, 24, Capital FM, iGoogle.

Biggest risk taken

Letting my PA answer this questionnaire!

Perfect day

A sunny summer Sunday.

Who should play you in the film of your life?

Ricky Gervais.

Career highlights

Still going strong after 22 years.

Fictional hero

Sherlock Holmes.

Best job outside advertising

Injecting jelly into pork pies.


Whyte has much to celebrate in his four years at McCann, not least having silenced the critics who said he wouldn't last in the chief executive's role. Polished, intelligent and eminently capable, if a little socially awkward, Whyte doesn't crave the media spotlight as much as his peers.

Most expensive purchase

Cigarettes to feed a habit that lasted 25 years.

Why are you good at what you do?

Because I've never been any good at mediocre.

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