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John Bartle

John Bartle

Work Telephone

+44 (0)1494 558196.


22nd August 1944


Mel Torme and George Shearing - The Complete Concord Recordings.


Sherlock Holmes, John le Carré and Dickens (can't possibly choose just one book).

Breakfast radio show


Career history

Cadbury Schweppes, 1965-1973. Co-founder, TBWA\London, 1973-1982. Co-founder and joint chief executive, Bartle Bogle Hegarty, 1982-1999. Various non-executive and advisory roles, 2000 to date.

Daily newspaper

The Guardian.

Everyone's saying

The BBH founder has proved himself post-BBH as a non-exec who can recognise the sweet smell of success and was an early advocate of digital agencies, lending his weight to Dare and i-level. In his off-hours, Bartle carefully tends to his role as unofficial uncle to many in the industry, and to a small army of granddaughters.


Wife Pat; daughters Juliet and Sarah; granddaughters Lauren, Amy, Rebecca and Joanna.

Favourite ad

Lego 'kipper'; Courage Best 'gertcha'.

Favourite technology

My golf Powercaddy.

Greatest achievement

My children (and then Bartle Bogle Hegarty).

Magazine (pleasure)

Golf World and BBC History Magazine.

Magazine (professional)


Most humbling experience

Meeting John McCarthy just after his release.

Most-admired entrepreneur

Mark Collier, Charlie Dobres and Andrew Walmsley - young(ish), digital and brave.

Sunday newspaper

The Observer.

TV programme

(Almost) all sport and Spooks.



What car do you own

Volkswagen Eos.

What principle defines your working life

The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

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