18 Feet & Rising appoints first chief operating officer

18 Feet & Rising has hired Paul Spriggs, a former group business director at Leo Burnett, as its first chief operating officer.

Jonathan Trimble, Paul Spriggs and Matt Keon
Jonathan Trimble, Paul Spriggs and Matt Keon

Spriggs relocated from Australia to join the agency’s London office on 9 March as chief operating officer and as a board member.

He will report to Jonathan Trimble, the agency’s chief executive, and will be given the opportunity to become a shareholder in the agency after six months.

Spriggs most recently ran his own consultancy, but has worked as a group business director at Leo Burnett, a regional director for JWT in Sydney and a regional account director for Fallon in New York, among other jobs.

At the same, 18 Feet & Rising has also hired Graham Fowles as its group strategy director, reporting to strategy partner, Rob Ward. Fowles was most recently freelancing, but before that worked at M&C Saatchi and WCRS.

Edward Rosoman has also joined the agency as a group business director from Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R, where he was an account director and worked on Vodafone, Lloyds Bank and The BBC.

Matt Keon, 18 Feet & Rising’s executive creative director, said about Spriggs: "Paul is one of the few people that has an innate understanding of how clients businesses work as well as a pin-point strategic outlook.

"He's a world class talent and we're lucky to have him here."

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