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Stephen Woodford

Stephen Woodford

Job

Chairman and chief executive

Company

DDB UK

Work Telephone

(020) 7258 4302

Address

12 Bishop’s Bridge Road, , London, , W2 6AA

Work e-mail

stephen.woodford@ddblondon.com

Date of birth

11 February 1959

The best thing about my job is...

The people at DDB – it is going to sound nauseous to adland cynics, but the Bernbach mantra of hiring only people who are "talented and nice" remains as true today as it ever was.

The key thing I've learnt recently is...

Fiftysomethings have more fun. This year has been a belter.

The best advice I've ever had is...

Look at every problem as an opportunity.

If I was 21 again, I would...

Work for while, travel, work for a while, travel etc.

The thing that really inspires me is...

My amazing wife and four wonderful children.

The last time I was embarrassed was...

My younger son bought a new girlfriend home to a big family gathering. We were all grouped around a table looking at some photos and I gave my 14-year-old daughter standing next to me a quick cuddle and a kiss on top of her head. Or so I thought, as my son's new girlfriend froze in horror.

The last time I was excited was...

At an old friend's 50th birthday. We were all 18 again for one night.

I'd describe my personal style as...

Optimistic (ridiculously so, according to Shirley "we're doomed" Watson, our esteeemed FD).

I really love...

Running, sailing and riding.

I really wish I had...

Worked abroad.

I really wish I hadn't...

Moved house so much.

The worst thing about me is...

Itchy feet – hence constant buying and selling of houses.

You might not know this but I'm...

A competent dry-stone waller. It has all sorts of suprising parallels with being in advertising.


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