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Chris Macdonald

Chris Macdonald


Managing director


McCann Erickson

Work Telephone

+44 (0)20 7961 2115.


7 Herbrand Street, London, WC1N


13th March 1967


Hunky Dory - David Bowie.


Little Dorrit - Charles Dickens.

Breakfast radio show

I alternate between Today on Radio 4 and Johnny Vaughan on Capital.

Career history

DMB&B, 1990-1993. Associate director, Lowe Howard-Spink, 1993-1997. Head of account management, Publicis, 1997-2000. Managing partner, Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R, 2000-2004. McCann Erickson, 2005 to date.

Daily newspaper

The Times and The Sun.

Everyone's saying

This year, the energetic and eminently capable Macdonald finally got the promotion to the managing director's chair that he's been craving since he left Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R after WPP passed him up in favour of James Murphy. Will he follow in Murphy's footsteps and get a chief executive's title next?


Wife Sarah; children Georgina, Max and Isadora.

Favourite ad

Stella Artois 'ice-skating priests'.

Favourite technology

Intel Core2Duo Processor.

Greatest achievement

Professionally: being managing director of McCann. Personally: persuading my wife to marry me and having three fantastic children.

Magazine (pleasure)


Magazine (professional)

Square Meal.

Most humbling experience

Aged 16, working on a building site, in a trench and bursting a sewage pipe with a pickaxe.

Most-admired entrepreneur

Howard Hughes.

Sunday newspaper

The Sunday Times.

TV programme

Top Gear.



What car do you own

Lexus RX400h.

What principle defines your working life

Work hard, play harder and have fun doing both.

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