The A List: (Part 10 of 11)

campaignlive.co.uk, Monday, 05 December 2005 12:00AM

Satterthwaite, Christopher Job: Chief executive, Chime. Company: Chime, 14 Curzon Street, London W1. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7861 8589. Born: 21 May 1956. Place of birth: Wokingham, Berkshire. Lives: In a valley in the west of Surrey. Family: Yes. What's been your best career move?: From marketing department poet at Heinz to account executive at IMP. Describe yourself in three words: Ignore the begrudgers. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: Alloro, Dover Street, London. What is your media diet?: Digital radio, The Week, 500 channels of TV, BlackBerry, all newspapers. What is your favourite brand?: Mouton Rothschild. Name a recent ad that worked on you: McDonald's pure ingredients. What objects do you always carry with you?: Keys, wallet, wristwatch with compass. Who in the industry do you most admire?: The second most famous Rooney in the UK. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: EL. What makes you angry?: EL, being lost. If you weren't you, who would you be?: E for B and Georgie Best. Where will you be in ten years' time?: Here. What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: Wake me up at 6.15am. Lowdown: Not one for seeking profile, Satterthwaite applies his noted business acumen behind the scenes at Chime. His commitment to Chime indicates how highly he values loyalty to friends, colleagues and employers. Savage, Tiger Job: Head of art and deputy creative director, M&C Saatchi. Company: M&C Saatchi, 34-36 Golden Square, London W1. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7544 3605. Born: At 7.30am. Place of birth: Manchester, Lancashire. Lives: Notting Hill, London. Family: Lynne, Tony, Annette, Sean, Mia, Grace, Kelly. What's been your best career move?: My next one. Describe yourself in three words: Funny, provocative, creative. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: Chopped salad at The Ivy, LA. What is your media diet?: Everything - I'm a junkie. What is your favourite brand?: Mr Muscle. Name a recent ad that worked on you: Mr Muscle Sink & Plug Unblocker. What objects do you always carry with you?: My wits and kindness. Who in the industry do you most admire?: Mark Goodwin, for sitting opposite me all these years. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: I think there's some good in everyone. What makes you angry?: Sexism, bullies. If you weren't you, who would you be?: The most influential artist in history, or Coco Chanel. Where will you be in ten years' time?: Married, two children, still doing what I love. What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: Tiger Clooney Savage. Cherished wife of George. Dearly loved by Roxy & Tallulah. Lowdown: Savage is probably the most glamorous woman you'll ever meet, constantly adorned with Vivienne Westwood and Matthew Williamson. Contrary to expectations, she's also thoroughly down-to-earth and friendly. Saville, Robert Job: Partner, Mother. Company: Mother, The Biscuit Building, 10 Redchurch Street, London EC2. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7012 1999. Details: Not supplied. Lowdown: Mother's silver fox has probably helped to shape the agency more than any other partner. He is the creative heart of the agency and eschews the trappings and glittering functions that other creative directors seem to revel in, preferring to spend his free time with his family. Schaps, Simon Job: Director of television, ITV. Company: ITV, 200 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7843 8000. Details: Not supplied. Lowdown: As the man in charge of all of ITV's programming, Shaps probably has the most scrutinised role in media. In September, when the broadcaster announced its new management team that would prepare it for "growth in the digital age", the critics were already sharpening their knives. It's lucky Shaps is the thick-skinned sort. Schmidt-Vogel, Alexander Job: To help to make our clients' business more and more successful (chief executive, MediaCom Worldwide). Company: MediaCom Worldwide, Huttenstrafle 31, 40215 Dusseldorf, Germany. Work tel: +491714210328. Born: 4 April 1949. Place of birth: Hildesheim, Germany. Lives: Partly in Europe, partly in planes around the globe. Family: Wife; two sons. What's been your best career move?: Never having strived for a career. Describe yourself in three words: Humility, fierce resolve. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: Never have lunch. What is your media diet?: Never to have lunch. What is your favourite brand?: Apple iPod. Name a recent ad that worked on you: Honda Diesel campaign. What objects do you always carry with you?: Mobile phone, tiny foldable reading glasses. Who in the industry do you most admire?: Steve Jobs, because with the iPod he created a totally new communication channel. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: They have not been worth remembering, so I don't know any more. What makes you angry?: Hubris. If you weren't you, who would you be?: A heavy metal drummer permanently on tour. Where will you be in ten years' time?: Hopefully, still here. What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: Happy man. Lowdown: A former Grey lifer, but now well and truly in the WPP fold, Schmidt-Vogel is a renowned client man. But the important question is will he keep the drum kit he has in his office? Scognamiglio, Marco Job: Chief executive, WWAV RappCollins. Company: WWAV Rapp Collins, 1 Riverside, Manbre Road, London W6. Work tel: +44 (0)20 8735 8200. Born: 25 June. Place of birth: Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland. Lives: East Sheen, London. Family: Wife Justine; sons Max, Luca. What's been your best career move?: Running WWAV Edinburgh for three years. Describe yourself in three words: Impatient, enthusiastic, determined. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: East Sheen Tandoori. What is your media diet?: Campaign, of course. What is your favourite brand?: Tiger Woods. Name a recent ad that worked on you: Persil, "dirt is good" campaign. The planner should be knighted. What objects do you always carry with you?: Cash, watch, a picture of my boys. Who in the industry do you most admire?: Simon Hall. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: I've been lucky. What makes you angry?: People not passionate about adding value to clients' business. If you weren't you, who would you be?: The British Lions coach. Where will you be in ten years' time?: Retired in Chamonix (maybe not). What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: Had a good life. Lowdown: After six years at the network, in February Scognamiglio was charged with restoring the London agency to its former glory. It's a task at which several before him have failed - so, no pressure, then. Scott, Fiona Job: Managing director, Craik Jones Watson Mitchell Voelkel. Company: Craik Jones Watson Mitchell Voelkel, 120 Regent Street, London W1. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7734 1650. Born: 15 January 1965. Place of birth: Baldock, Herfordshire. Lives: Putney, London. Family: Husband; two children. What's been your best career move?: Joining Craik Jones. Describe yourself in three words: Passionate, loyal, fair. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: Fresh & Wild at the moment. What is your media diet?: Varied. What is your favourite brand?: First Direct. Name a recent ad that worked on you: Innocent Fruitstock (press and website). What objects do you always carry with you?: Credit card, lipstick, mobile phone, keys. Who in the industry do you most admire?: Chris Jones. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: Undisclosed. What makes you angry?: Undisclosed. If you weren't you, who would you be?: Undisclosed. Where will you be in ten years' time?: Undisclosed. What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: Undisclosed. Lowdown: The mother of two children under five, Scott is not only the managing director of the agency, but the key to two of its biggest accounts, Diageo and Unilever. Scott, Peter Job: Executive chairman, Engine. Company: Engine, 5 Golden Square, London W1. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7806 5000. Born: Yes. Place of birth: London. Lives: Hampshire; London. Family: Beautiful and intelligent wife; three children (though two are now reclassified as adults). What's been your best career move?: Starting WCRS. Describe yourself in three words: Determined, determined, determined. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: In the world: Club 55. In London: George. What is your media diet?: The Times, Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, classic car mags, Classic FM. What is your favourite brand?: Aston Martin. Name a recent ad that worked on you: Saab convertible TV ad. What objects do you always carry with you?: BlackBerry, credit cards. Who in the industry do you most admire?: Sir: Martin Sorrell. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: RC. What makes you angry?: Mediocrity. If you weren't you, who would you be?: A younger David Attenborough. Where will you be in ten years' time?: In the funny farm with Robin Wight. What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: He kept trying to the very end. Lowdown: When WCRS bought itself out of Havas last year, Scott was the business brain behind the deal. He's being heavily involved in running the agency since then, something that is said to have caused friction with some of WCRS's other management. But he remains one of the shrewdest business brains in the industry. Scott, Ridley Job: Founding partner, RSA Films. Company: RSA Films, 42-44 Beak Street, London W1. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7437 7426. Details: Not supplied. Lowdown: Scott appears to have handed the commercials directing reins to his children these days, although he still maintains a keen interest in his production company, RSA, where he has an office full of memorabilia from his impressive list of films. Senior, Robert Job: Managing partner, Fallon London. Company: Fallon London, 67-69 Beak Street, London W1. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7494 9120. Born: 5 December 1964. Place of birth: Middlesbrough, Yorkshire. Lives: Belsize Park, London. Family: Wife Inge; daughters Lotte, Sanne; son Bas. What's been your best career move?: Watching a lot of TV as a child. Describe yourself in three words: Up for it. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: The gym. What is your media diet?: The Sunday Times, The Week, Private Eye, Radio 5 Live, TV ... oh, and Campaign. What is your favourite brand?: Millet. Name a recent ad that worked on you: Live 8. What objects do you always carry with you?: Plan B. Who in the industry do you most admire?: John Bartle. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: TE. What makes you angry?: Dishonesty, rudeness and wasted time. If you weren't you, who would you be?: A younger, better-looking version. Where will you be in ten years' time?: Ask Inge. What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: Good effort. Lowdown: Senior has a hot temper that sometimes gets the better of him - the rest of the time he's charming. He's passionate about skiing and has a beautiful chalet in the Alps. He's also a fitness fanatic. Seymour, Richard Job: Designer and innovation doctor, seymourpowell. Company: seymourpowell, 327 Lillie Road, London SW6. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7381 6433. Born: 1 May 1953. Place of birth: Scarborough, Yorkshire. Lives: London. Family: Private. What's been your best career move?: Leaving advertising. Describe yourself in three words: Fat, sensitive Yorkshireman. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: Chez Bruce. What is your media diet?: TV, internet, various dailies. What is your favourite brand?: Ducati. Name a recent ad that worked on you: Production designed a Hovis ad in 1983 (I'm a designer, dammit!). What objects do you always carry with you?: Two mobile phones, Leatherman, hard cash. Who in the industry do you most admire?: Dave Trott. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: BNH. What makes you angry?: Cyclists in London who wear logo spandex and ignore traffic signals. I like to mash them under my tyres ... heh heh. If you weren't you, who would you be?: Somebody else. Where will you be in ten years' time?: Barbados. What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: Now try getting the last word! Lowdown: The rather more cuddly of the SeymourPowell design duo, Seymour looks every inch the mad inventor. From cordless kettles to Nokia handsets, his design credentials speak for themselves. Sharpe, Edwin Job: UK media manager, Unilever. Company: Unilever UK, Brook House, Manor Royal, Crawley, West Sussex RH10. Work tel: +44 (0)1293 648000. Details: Not supplied. Lowdown: You wouldn't know it from his subdued manner, but Sharpe is famous for raucous summer parties at his Sussex home for media heavyweights. A ballsy negotiator and inventive dealmaker, he has had to make new friends after MindShare's appointment to Unilever's £700 million European media account. Sharpen, Gary Job: Creative partner, Red Cell Response. Company: Red Cell Response, Kent House, 14-17 Market Place, Great Titchfield Street, London W1. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7150 3400. Born: 6 December 1959. Place of birth: East London. Lives: Bloomsbury, London. Family: Eligible. What's been your best career move?: Leaving Saatchi & Saatchi, where I had built a team of hugely talented creatives, worked with a fantastic art director and was producing award-winning work, to take a leap into the unknown, alone, to found my own agency Leonardo. Describe yourself in three words: A difficult one. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: My club. What is your media diet?: The Times on Saturday, Radio 5 Live, Campaign, any stuff other people are reading. What is your favourite brand?: Muji. Name a recent ad that worked on you: Any good shop window with the word "Sale" in it. What objects do you always carry with you?: PDA. Who in the industry do you most admire?: Terrence Conran, David Trott, Steve Harrison. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: It doesn't matter - move on. What makes you angry?: Injustice, intolerance, bad manners. If you weren't you, who would you be?: No, really, I'll keep me, thanks. Where will you be in ten years' time?: Appreciating that time, as I always appreciate the present time, as the best time ever. What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: I never think about such things - better to make a difference now. Lowdown: Sharpen is smooth - his popularity with the ladies is envied by his peers, Stuart Archibald in particular. It's great to see him back at the creative helm of the agency being positioned as WPP's direct marketing hotshop. Sharrocks, Nigel Job: Chief executive, Aegis Media. Company: Aegis Media UK & Ireland, Parker Towers, 43-49 Parker Street, London WC2. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7430 6007. Born: Undisclosed. Place of birth: Bolton, Lancashire. Lives: Hampstead, London. Family: Wife Fiona; children Sam, Mia. Other details: Not supplied. Lowdown: Sharrocks' return to the media agency world has ushered in a series of management changes at Aegis' UK agencies. After such a tireless period, it sounds like his wife, the BBC newsreader Fiona Bruce, has competition for the title of hardest worker in the family. Shaw, Chris Job: Regional director, EMEA, Universal McCann. Company: Universal McCann, 42 St John's Square, London EC1. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7833 5858. Born: 1962. Place of birth: Middlesex. Lives: Middlesex. Family: Wife Caroline; daughters Phoebe, Isobel. What's been your best career move?: Not going into international banking. Describe yourself in three words: Never quite satisfied. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: Home on any given Sunday. What is your media diet?: Sky Movies, American Chopper, American Hotrod. What is your favourite brand?: I'm brand promiscuous. Name a recent ad that worked on you: Motorola Razr V3 Noir. What objects do you always carry with you?: A clean handkerchief. Who in the industry do you most admire?: There are too many to mention. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: OBL. What makes you angry?: Pomposity. If you weren't you, who would you be?: John Coltrane or Jimi Hendrix, except I can't play sax or guitar and they're both dead. Where will you be in ten years' time?: I have no idea and that's why I got into this business. What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: I always liked Spike Milligan's epitaph: "I told you I was ill." Lowdown: A Universal lifer, Shaw has been relatively anonymous on the UK scene in recent years, probably because he's been trouble-shooting around Europe. There may be plenty more work ahead given Universal's travails. Shearer, Paul Job: Founding partner, Nitro. Company: Nitro, 4 New Burlington Street, London W1. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7292 5999. Born: 23 February 1968. Place of birth: Glasgow, Scotland. Lives: Chiswick, London. Family: Beautiful, funny children. What's been your best career move?: Moving to Wieden & Kennedy Amsterdam - I never knew how good cheese was. Describe yourself in three words: Tall, dark, handsome. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: J Sheekey, my mum's for a plate of well-cooked chips. What is your media diet?: Sport on Sky, FourFourTwo, anything from HBO, www.celtic.com. What is your favourite brand?: Nike. Name a recent ad that worked on you: Nike PP. What objects do you always carry with you?: Passport, pictures of my children, a lot of guilt. Who in the industry do you most admire?: John Hegarty. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: BC. What makes you angry?: People who are not brave enough to say something to your face. If you weren't you, who would you be?: Lance Armstrong. Where will you be in ten years' time?: Here, doing the same thing, but better. What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Lowdown: He's had an interesting year, signing up with Nitro and bringing his Nike links with him. His strong point is his widely recognised creative talent; his weakness is his refusal to compromise. EVER. Shepherd-Smith, Matt Job: Managing director, TBWA\London. Company: TBWA\London 76-80 Whitfield Street, London W1. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7573 6794. Born: 1967. Place of birth: Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. Lives: Chiddingfold, Surrey. Family: Wife Suzie; children Harry, Jake. What's been your best career move?: Staying here. Describe yourself in three words: Five foot eleven. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: Paris. What is your media diet?: The Times, Q, news and sport on any channel. What is your favourite brand?: Today, it's Nurofen. Name a recent ad that worked on you: Sony PlayStation, "porn stars". What objects do you always carry with you?: Wallet, mobile phone. Who in the industry do you most admire?: Mary, our tea lady (90 years old). What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: N/A. What makes you angry?: Not a lot. If you weren't you, who would you be?: Keith Richards. Where will you be in ten years' time?: Long gone. What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: This Shepherd's-Pie has gone off. Lowdown: 2005 was tough for Shepherd-Smith - important accounts fled the agency and rumours of its merger with CHI abounded. His optimism, and strong ties to Paul Bainsfair, should see him through, however. Sherwood, Simon Job: Worldwide chief operating officer, Bartle Bogle Hegarty. Company: Bartle Bogle Hegarty, 60 Kingly Street, London W1. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7453 4416. Born: 1956. Place of birth: Syria. Lives: Godalming, Surrey. Family: Wife; three children. What's been your best career move?: Joining a new start-up, BBH, in 1982. Describe yourself in three words: Always on time. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: Le Prao, La Nartelle, South of France. What is your media diet?: Big consumer of newspapers. What is your favourite brand?: Sebago. Name a recent ad that worked on you: Undisclosed. What objects do you always carry with you?: Credit cards. Who in the industry do you most admire?: Bill Bernbach. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: Undisclosed. What makes you angry?: Lateness. If you weren't you, who would you be?: Undisclosed. Where will you be in ten years' time?: Le Prao, La Nartelle, South of France. What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: Undisclosed. Lowdown: Motor enthusiast Sherwood was Bartle Bogle Hegarty's first hiring and has been with the company for 23 years. In that time, he has helped turn it into a vibrant creative network. With his serious demeanour masking a dry sense of humour, it's difficult to imagine him working anywhere else. Shulman, Alexandra Job: Editor, Vogue. Company: Conde Nast, Vogue House, Hanover Square, London W1. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7499 9080. Born 13 November 1957. Place of birth: London. Lives: London. Family: One son. What's been your best career move?: Leaving Vogue features to edit GQ (1990). Describe yourself in three words: Undisclosed. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: The Cipriani, The Wolseley. What is your media diet?: Sky News, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph. What is your favourite brand?: Undisclosed. Name a recent ad that worked on you: Undisclosed. What objects do you always carry with you?: Acuvue contact lenses, my front door keys. Who in the industry do you most admire?: Undisclosed. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: Undisclosed. What makes you angry?: People who blame others. If you weren't you, who would you be?: A pilot, because they aren't scared of flying. Where will you be in ten years' time?: In a restaurant, probably. What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: A life well lived. Lowdown: Editing Vogue has to be one of the best jobs in the world and Shulman has steered a steady ship for some years now. Has an unexpectedly scruffy look, something that distinguishes her from her US counterpart Anna Wintour. Simmons, Alan Job: Chairman, Concord; chairman, Alban. Company: Concord, 1-4 Argyll Street, London W1. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7543 4447. Born: March 1949. Place of birth: Croydon, Surrey. Lives: Woldingham, Surrey. Family: Long-suffering wife; two grown-up sons. What's been your best career move?: Joining Concord. Describe yourself in three words: Patient, laid-back, tolerant (allegedly). Where is your favourite place for lunch?: Juliennes in Paris. What is your media diet?: The Daily Telegraph, The Economist, Radio 5 Live, Sky Sports, loads of posters. What is your favourite brand?: BMW. Name a recent ad that worked on you: Zanzibar Holidays - I really want to go there now. What objects do you always carry with you?: Wallet. Who in the industry do you most admire?: Those who get their timing right. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: JM. What makes you angry?: Too many things (I am "Mr Angry"). If you weren't you, who would you be?: An imposter. Where will you be in ten years' time?: Enjoying retirement. What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: Stick no bills. Lowdown: It must have been with mixed emotions that Simmons finally sold the company he created to Aegis, thereby bringing to an end a long tradition of independent outdoor specialists. While he did not sell at the height of Concord's success, he will have pocketed enough to enjoy a comfortable retirement. Simonds-Gooding, Anthony Job: Chairman, D&AD. Company: D&AD, 9 Graphite Square, Vauxhall, London SE11. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7840 1112. Born: 10 September 1937. Place of birth: Dublin, Ireland. Details: Not supplied. Lowdown: A thickset bear of a man, Simonds-Gooding was once described as "someone the English might once have sent to tame the Scots with public hangings". Nevertheless, his vital role in grabbing the debt-ridden D&AD by the lapels and pulling it back from the financial abyss will be his greatest legacy. Simpson, Neil Job: Global brand director, Vodafone. Company: Vodafone, Vodafone House, The Connection, Newbury RG14. Work tel: +44 (0)7919 413412. Born: 1967. Place of birth: England. Lives: West Berkshire. Family: Simone, Finn, Rafferty. What's been your best career move?: Avoiding offers to join the dotcom bubble. Describe yourself in three words: Motivating,innovative, smile-seeking. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: My garden. What is your media diet?: Radio 5 Live, The Times, CNN, Sky Sports, any BBC comedy, M&M Europe, and, of course, the big C. What is your favourite brand?: Nottingham Forest FC. Name a recent ad that worked on you: It has been too long. What objects do you always carry with you?: Mobile phone, credit cards, keys ... soon, my mobile will be all I need. Who in the industry do you most admire?: Sir Martin Sorrell. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: I reckon he can guess by himself. What makes you angry?: Inequality. If you weren't you, who would you be?: The winner of the biggest-ever lottery. Where will you be in ten years' time?: Hopefully, not under the below. What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: He made the most of everything. Lowdown: The over-achieving elder brother of Media & Marketing Europe's ad manager, Simpson has enjoyed another solid year running Vodafone's global marketing department. His easy-handed way with agencies came in for a stern test, however, when his beloved Nottingham Forest were relegated to a division containing footballing underlings such as Scunthorpe and Macclesfield. Sinclair, Jeremy Job: Chairman and creative director, M&C Saatchi. Company: M&C Saatchi, 36 Golden Square, London W1. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7543 4516. Born: 4 November 1946. Place of birth: Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland. Lives: Highgate, London. Family: Wife; daughter; two sons. What's been your best career move?: Starting M&C Saatchi. Describe yourself in three words: Undisclosed. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: Villandry. What is your media diet?: The Times, Evening Standard, Today, The Economist, Campaign etc. What is your favourite brand?: Bentley. Name a recent ad that worked on you: Undisclosed. What objects do you always carry with you?: Watch, mobile phone. Who in the industry do you most admire?: Graham Fink. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: Undisclosed. What makes you angry?: Undisclosed. If you weren't you, who would you be?: Undisclosed. Where will you be in ten years' time?: Here, I hope. What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: Make the most of it. It doesn't last long. Lowdown: The Peter Pan of the M&C Saatchi set-up, Sinclair was the first creative to be hired by the brothers back in the 60s and recently reprised his creative director's role before Graham Fink's arrival at M&C Saatchi. Quiet and cerebral, with a passion for fine cigars. Snow, Charlie Job: Planning director, Delaney Lund Knox Warren & Partners. Company: Delaney Lund Knox Warren & Partners, 25 Wellington Street, London WC2. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7836 3474. Born: Friday 13 August 1965. Place of birth: Hereford, Herefordshire. Lives: Roehampton, London. Family: Wife Vicki; children Harry (nine), Lily (seven), Finn (four). What's been your best career move?: Joining DLKW two weeks before we won the Halifax account. Describe yourself in three words: Harry, Lily, Finn. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: Mon Plaisir. What is your media diet?: I gorge myself on as much as I can, around a main course of The Times and Radio 4 and 5 Live. What is your favourite brand?: BBC. Name a recent ad that worked on you: A taxi card that came through the door: "The Red Indian Cab Company. We're no cowboys." What objects do you always carry with you?: Pen, paper, a good book. Who in the industry do you most admire?: The DLKW planning department. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: N/A. What makes you angry?: Lies. If you weren't you, who would you be?: The Cat in the Hat. Where will you be in ten years' time?: On my Blueberry Farm. What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: Sunny-side up. Lowdown: His long, straggly hair means Snow looks like a wizard or an ageing rock star, depending on how you look at it. It also distracts from the fact that he's one of London's finest planning talents, known to accept the odd invitation for an interview at rival London shops. Snowball, Cilla Job: Chairman, Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO. Company: Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, 151 Marylebone Road, London NW1. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7616 3652. Born: 1 October 1958. Place of birth: Draycott, Staffordshire. Lives: Barnes, London. Family: Geoff, Fred, Albert, Rosie. What's been your best career move?: Joining AMV. Describe yourself in three words: On a mission. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: Downstairs at Providores. What is your media diet?: The Times, Radio 4, BBC2, Channel 4, Vogue. What is your favourite brand?: Prada. Name a recent ad that worked on you: Make Poverty History. What objects do you always carry with you?: Mobile phone, BlackBerry, endless pairs of glasses. Who in the industry do you most admire?: Stephen Carter, Andrew Robertson, David Pattison. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: Nope. What makes you angry?: Arrogance. If you weren't you, who would you be?: World-famous seafood chef. Where will you be in ten years' time?: Still on a mission. What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: Mission accomplished. Lowdown: Snowball is settling into her role as chairman and working well with Farah Ramzan Golant to push AMV forward. However, she still has a lot to do and some big shoes to fill in taking more responsibility from her mentor, Michael Baulk. Is known to enjoy a cigarette when celebrating big pitch wins, even though she is anti-smoking. Sorrell, Sir Martin Job: Chief executive, WPP. Company: WPP, 27 Farm Street London W1. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7408 2204. Born: 14 February 1945. Place of birth London. Other details: Not supplied. Lowdown: Possibly the most famous adman in the world, though there are those who would prefer to see Sorrell described as a finance whiz. He is certainly famous for his accessibility (via his trusty BlackBerry) and is never one to shy away from an opinion, though much fun can be had working out what Machiavelian plots lie beneath his comments. He also has a much-under-rated sense of humour (which also has an evil streak). Soutar, Mike Job: Group editorial director, IPC. Company: IPC Media, Kings Reach Tower, Stamford Street, London SE1. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7261 6489. Born: 8 November 1966. Place of birth: Dundee, Scotland. Lives: Epping, Essex. Family: Wife Beverly; sons Jai (18), Alfie (14). What's been your best career move?: Being sacked from the Virgin press office at 19 years old. Describe yourself in three words: Pretty enthusiastic bloke. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: On a bench by the Thames, with an exotic sandwich from Konditor & Cook. What is your media diet?: The Sun, Media Guardian online, every consumer magazine you can name, Sky Sports News. What is your favourite brand?: Pick Me Up. No, really ... Name a recent ad that worked on you: Malibu, "melon stall". What objects do you always carry with you?: Small fluorescent Post-it pads. Who in the industry do you most admire?: Too many to mention. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: Too risky to mention. What makes you angry?: People who can't be bothered. If you weren't you, who would you be?: Gordon Ramsay. Where will you be in ten years' time?: Hopefully, still working with brilliant and inspiring people and being involved in challenging and exciting new creative ventures. What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: Gone to press. Lowdown: Soutar had a very sickly 2005, but got back into the saddle in the autumn. His charming and helpful nature makes him popular with peers and staff alike. Souter, Peter Job: Deputy chairman, Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO. Company: Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, 151 Marylebone Road, London NW1. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7616 3735. Born: 2 September 1962. Place of birth: Leicester, Leicestershire. Lives: Hampstead, London. Family: Wife; three sons. What's been your best career move?: Begging in the street with my portfolio until David Abbott picked me up. Describe yourself in three words: Very big lips. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: Desk. What is your media diet?: The Economist, The Independent, every magazine published. What is your favourite brand?: Walkers. Name a recent ad that worked on you: Walkers: Lineker campaign. What objects do you always carry with you?: Glasses I'm too vain to wear. Who in the industry do you most admire?: Paul Weiland, Paul Brazier. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: Undisclosed. What makes you angry?: Undisclosed. If you weren't you, who would you be?: Richard Curtis. Where will you be in ten years' time?: Seaside. What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: Hey, he's escaped! Lowdown: After years on the front line when he took over from David Abbott, Souter has stepped back from leading Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO's creative department following the appointment of Paul Brazier. He now has a place on the BBDO board. Spring, Stevie Job: Chief executive, Clear Channel. Company: Clear Channel, 33 Golden Square, London W1. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7478 2270. Born: 10 June (same as Liz Hurley) 1957 (same as Dawn French). Place of birth: London. Lives: Notting Hill, London. Family: Aussie partner; big sister; three nieces; one great-niece. What's been your best career move?: Studying Law rather than Sport. Describe yourself in three words: Lucky, optimistic, energetic. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: La Colombe d'Or with Blakes 7. What is your media diet?: Breakfast: Today programme on Radio 4. Lunch: The Times. Dinner: Sky+.Weekly binge: Campaign. All-day snacking: posters. Treat: The Electric Cinema. What is your favourite brand?: Chanel. Name a recent ad that worked on you: Chanel, "Sale starts Saturday". What objects do you always carry with you?: Mobile phone, Worldcard, DVF lipstick. Who in the industry do you most admire?: Rupert: Murdoch. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: CW. What makes you angry?: Injustice. If you weren't you, who would you be?: Ms Disappointed. Where will you be in ten years' time?: In clover. What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: She had the last laugh - 2099. Lowdown: Spring is a dynamo: tough, smart, opinionated and lots of fun. She has put some of the colour - and sense - back into the poster industry and hasn't lost touch with the rest of the advertising business. Outdoor was a lesser place before her arrival. Squibb, Vince Job: Director, Gorgeous; senior creative, Lowe. Company: Gorgeous Enterprises, 23-24 Greek Street, London W1. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7287 4060. Details: Not supplied. Lowdown: Squibb said goodbye to full-time agency life this year to move behind the camera, joining those other former creatives Frank Budgen, Chris Palmer and Tom Carty at Gorgeous. So far, his output has not exactly been prolific, but expect good things from the man who created some of the best beer advertising ever with his work for Stella Artois. Stanners, Kate Job: Executive creative director, Saatchi & Saatchi. Company: Saatchi & Saatchi, 80 Charlotte Street, London W1. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7462 7122. Born: 14 June 1962. Place of birth: London. Lives: South London. Family: Married to David; son Otto. What's been your best career move?: Never had a career plan. Describe yourself in three words: Short, messy, determined. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: Fantasy: the chip shop. Reality: my desk. What is your media diet?: Starved. What is your favourite brand?: Apple, Ocado. Name a recent ad that worked on you: Too many to mention. What objects do you always carry with you?: A too-big bag full of too much stuff. Who in the industry do you most admire?: John Hegarty. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: Guess. What makes you angry?: The real answer to the above (clue: lack of honesty). If you weren't you, who would you be?: A tall, beautiful, talented success. Where will you be in ten years' time?: Who knows? Exciting, isn't it? What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: RIP aged 205 years. Lowdown: One of the few successful senior female creatives, Stanners is clearly a tough nut to have survived. But she hides it well under a funky-motherly approach and a genuine sensitivity. Eschews Saatchis' tradition of using charity ads to win awards. Stead, Jonathan Job: Chief executive, Rapier. Company: Rapier, 97 Tottenham Court Road, London W1. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7369 8102. Born: 20 June 1960. Place of birth: London. Lives: Notting Hill, London. Family: Wife Jessica; son Luca (two). What's been your best career move?: Joint firsts: MBO of Rapier in 1987 and getting together with John Townshend. Describe yourself in three words: Optimistic, persistent, quiet. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: Club 55. What is your media diet?: Financial Times, The Week, The Daily Telegraph on Saturday, The Observer, Vanity Fair. What is your favourite brand?: Aston Martin. Name a recent ad that worked on you: Sky+. What objects do you always carry with you?: BlackBerry, photos of Jessica and Luca. Who in the industry do you most admire?: Ann Randall (my PA for the past 20 years). What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: CK. What makes you angry?: Selfish people and their personal agendas. If you weren't you, who would you be?: Undisclosed. Where will you be in ten years' time?: Dancing in the kitchen with Jessica. What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: Optimistic to the very end. Lowdown: Stead is an obsessive man, who runs marathons and pounds the treadmill at Home House nearly every day. He's a fanatical skier in the winter, but in the summer he can be found relaxing in his house in St Tropez or at his other holiday home in Dorset. He drives an Aston Martin DB9. Stretton, Steve Job: Creative partner, Archibald Ingall Stretton. Company: Archibald Ingall Stretton, 47-48 Berners Street, London W1. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7467 6100. Born: 24 February 1963. Place of birth: Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. Lives: Rugby! Family: Yes. What's been your best career move?: Being made redundant. Describe yourself in three words: Big and hard. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: San Francisco. What is your media diet?: The Observer magazines. What is your favourite brand?: Coventry City FC. Name a recent ad that worked on you: Channel 4 idents. What objects do you always carry with you?: BlackBerry, mobile phone, wallet, keys. Who in the industry do you most admire?: John Hegarty. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: IB. What makes you angry?: E-mails. If you weren't you, who would you be?: Keith Houchen. Where will you be in ten years' time?: Bed. What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: An inspiring figure in the centre of midfield. Lowdown: One of DM's holy trinity of Steves (the others being Aldridge and Harrison), Stretton is highly respected, despite his sense of fun. At his stag weekend, he stripped off and ran through Dam Square in Amsterdam to pre-empt any stunts his friends had in mind. Stringham, Peter Job: Group general manager, marketing, HSBC. Company: HSBC Holdings, 8 Canada Square, London E14. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7991 8449. Born: 24 April 1949. Place of birth: Winnipeg, Canada. Lives: London. Family: Married; three sons. What's been your best career move?: Starting my own agency. Describe yourself in three words: Never completely satisfied. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: Paris. What is your media diet?: Everything to do with marketing. What is your favourite brand?: Apple. Name a recent ad that worked on you: iPod. What objects do you always carry with you?: Laptop, BlackBerry, mobile phone, passport, HSBC Premier card. Who in the industry do you most admire?: David Abbott, Dan Wieden, Lee Clow. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: SOB. What makes you angry?: Missed opportunities. If you weren't you, who would you be?: A teacher. Where will you be in ten years' time?: Retired to the lakeside in Canada and writing my book. What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: That was interesting. Can we do it again? Lowdown: In a world swamped by sanitised global brands, the urbane Canadian has quietly devised one of the most creative global ad campaigns in recent times. And it's proving effective: in 2005, "the world's local bank" revealed a tidy 37 per cent jump in profit. Sunderland, John Job: Chairman, Cadbury Schweppes. Company: Cadbury Schweppes, 25 Berkeley Square, London W1. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7830 5004. Born: 24 August 1945. Place of birth: Oxford, Oxfordshire. Lives: Buckinghamshire. Other details: Not supplied. Lowdown: Sunderland is fast approaching his 40th year as an employee of the "sugar daddy". A true captain of industry of the old-school mould, he has a hand in running bodies including ISBA and the Institute of Grocery Distribution. Apparently, his snack of choice is a Cadbury's Dairy Milk with caramel and a Diet Dr Pepper. Sutherland, Rory Job: Vice-chairman and executive creative director, OgilvyOne. Company: OgilvyOne Worldwide, 10 Cabot Square, London E14. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7566 7000. Born: 12 November 1965. Place of birth: Usk, Wales. Lives: Brasted, Kent. Family: Wife Sophie Louisa; twin daughters Millie, Hetty (four). What's been your best career move?: Becoming a copywriter. Describe yourself in three words: Heedless of pointless restrictions. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: A field on a summer's day (near to a curry house, in case it rains). What is your media diet?: Internet (50 per cent), Sky+ (30 per cent), variously LBC, The Spectator, The Week, Stuff. What is your favourite brand?: Tabasco, easyJet, American Express, Canada. Name a recent ad that worked on you: I've just bought an ice-making machine from a nice chap on eBay. What objects do you always carry with you?: Anything but a BlackBerry. Who in the industry do you most admire?: Karl Rove. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: I only hate groups, never individuals. What makes you angry?: Any kind of crowd or crowd mentality. If you weren't you, who would you be?: Frederick Forsyth. Where will you be in ten years' time?: Given my current career trajectory, probably in the office next door. What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: Died in a helicopter crash in New Mexico, 2049. Lowdown: Huge charisma and working in DM do not go hand-in-hand traditionally, but Sutherland defies this combining the two in an endearing way. Often compared with one of his most admired people, Jeremy Bullmore. T Teer, Phil Job: Joint managing director and planning director, St Luke's. Company: St Luke's, 22 Dukes Road, London WC1. Work tel: +44 (0)20 8380 8888. Born: 18 May 1967. Place of birth: Edinburgh, Scotland. Lives: Acton, London. Family: Wife Monique; son Scott. What's been your best career move?: Staying put at St Luke's. Describe yourself in three words: Undisclosed. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: St Luke's canteen - officially the best in the UK. What is your media diet?: Whatever is served in the canteen, I suppose. What is your favourite brand?: Ikea. Name a recent ad that worked on you: Undisclosed. What objects do you always carry with you?: Mobile phone, keys, cigarettes, specs, shades, Moleskine, Diesel man-bag, for obvious reasons. Who in the industry do you most admire?: Undisclosed. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: Undisclosed. What makes you angry?: Undisclosed. If you weren't you, who would you be?: Undisclosed. Where will you be in ten years' time?: Undisclosed. What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: Undisclosed. Lowdown: Tall, loud and Scottish, you're unlikely to miss Teer in a crowded room. Good humour and a canny brain have seen him run a happy ship at St Luke's. Theakstone, Nick Job: Head of investment, MindShare. Company: MindShare, 40 Strand, London WC2. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7969 4040. Born: 11 January 1961. Place of birth: York, Yorkshire. Lives: Ealing, London. Family: Wife Jodie; three girls Holly (six), Georgie (five), Amy (three). What's been your best career move?: Moving from MediaVest to MindShare. Describe yourself in three words: Undisclosed. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: The Ivy. What is your media diet?: The Daily Telegraph, Sky+, Radio 5 Live. What is your favourite brand?: Mercedes. Name a recent ad that worked on you: Nike. What objects do you always carry with you?: Mobile phone. Who in the industry do you most admire?: Sir Martin Sorrrell. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: Dont know anyone loathsome. What makes you angry?: People who don't deliver. If you weren't you, who would you be?: Jose Mourinho. Where will you be in ten years' time?: Australia. What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: Lived a long and happy life. Lowdown: For so long a bit of a lad (and he still is, deep down), Theakstone has been working hard to add some gravitas to his approach lately. Even so, he remains one of the classic media buyers: as good at negotiating himself a smart deal as he is at negotiating himself a good time. Thomas, Chris Job: Chief executive, Proximity London. Company: Proximity London, 191 Old Marylebone Road, London NW1. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7298 1220. Born: 15 June 1962. Place of birth: Coventry, Warwickshire. Lives: Dunsfold, Surrey. Family: Wife Fleur; children Billy (14), Charlotte (12), Peter (ten), Robbie (nine). What's been your best career move?: Joining Abbott Mead Vickers in 1986. Describe yourself in three words: Optimistic, enthusiastic, fearless. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: The Blue Duck, Perth, Australia. What is your media diet?: Marketing Week, Precision Marketing, Radio 4, Financial Times, The Week, Campaign, Marketing. What is your favourite brand?: Fat Face. Name a recent ad that worked on you: Adidas, "British bulldog". What objects do you always carry with you?: Mobile phone, BlackBerry. Who in the industry do you most admire?: Michael Baulk. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: FBL. What makes you angry?: People who stroke up and kick down. If you weren't you, who would you be?: Robbie Naish (world champion windsurfer who built an amazing equipment brand and successfully transitioned into kitesurfing). Where will you be in ten years' time?: Free of school fees. What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: Carpe Diem. Lowdown: The smart money is still on Thomas taking a bigger role at BBDO. In the meantime, he has carved out a role as a DM authority figure after two years in the sector. Thomas, Paul Job: Press, radio and outdoor buying director, MindShare. Company: MindShare,: 40 Strand, London WC2. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7969 4040. Born: 15 May 1966. Place of birth: Slough, Buckinghamshire. Lives: Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. Family: Wife Naomi; children Harry (two), Amelia (nine months). What's been your best career move?: Moving from the client side to the agency side. Describe yourself in three words: Tall, bald, thin. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: It's not the venue but the company that matters most. What is your media diet?: I read a newspaper on the way into the office and a magazine on the way home. What is your favourite brand?: McVitie's Plain Chocolate Digestives - there's always a pack in the cupboard. Name a recent ad that worked on you: Norwich Union Direct - I saved more than £100. What objects do you always carry with you?: Mobile phone, wallet. Who in the industry do you most admire?: Sir Martin Sorrell. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: I've been lucky enough never to have worked with any loathsome people. What makes you angry?: I try not to get angry. It clouds your judgment. If you weren't you, who would you be?: Father Christmas. Where will you be in ten years' time?: Negotiating bigger deals. What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: I tried, but I couldn't negotiate myself out of this one. Lowdown: Fathering children has done little to mellow Thomas, who likes nothing better than a skirmish with a big newspaper. Not a man to hold back when he thinks that he and his clients are being taken for a ride. Thompson, Dianne Job: Chief executive, Camelot Group. Company: Camelot Group, Tolpits Lane, Watford WD18. Work tel: +44 (0)1923 425019. Born: 31 December 1950. Place of birth: Dewsbury, Yorkshire. Lives: Buckinghamshire. Family: Daughter (21); father (not 21). What's been your best career move?: Taking this job. Describe yourself in three words: Hard-working, honest, fun. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: The Ivy. What is your media diet?: Rich and varied - in my role as a member of the Press Complaints Commission, it has to be. What is your favourite brand?: Innocent Smoothies - they taste great and are packed with good stuff, just like they say on the bottles, and keep my energy levels up. Name a recent ad that worked on you: Travelocity "hello, world" ads. They fuel my travel bug. What objects do you always carry with you?: Credit card, lipstick, a pen, mobile phone. Who in the industry do you most admire?: Cilla Snowball - she's done a brilliant job at AMV and is a lovely person, too. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: I don't do loathing - or fear (except of mice!). What makes you angry?: Sloppiness, injustice, poor timekeeping. If you weren't you, who would you be?: I love good food and entertaining, so I would love to be Gordon Ramsay! Where will you be in ten years' time?: Still working, but not quite as hard, I hope! What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: Here lies Dianne Thompson. Aged 102. The good die young! Lowdown: The first lady of marketing, Thompson stuck around for the National Lottery's tenth anniversary year, despite continual rumours that she is about to step down, and it now looks like she'll stick around for a while more. Her work ethic makes holidays a rare treat. Thompson, Mark Job: Director-general, BBC. Company: BBC, Woodlands, 80 Wood Lane, London W12. Work tel: +44 (0)20 8433 2000. Details: Not supplied. Lowdown: As the BBC director-general who slashed 4,000 jobs, Thompson should, by rights, be extremely unpopular. However, his passion for programming and man-of-the-people manner - preferring public transport to chauffeur-driven cars - may keep the hate mail at bay. Thompson, Suki Job: Managing director, The Haystack Group. Company: The Haystack Group, 8 Hanover Street, London W1. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7290 2660. Born: 7 March 1967. Place of birth: Wimbledon, London. Lives: Penn, Buckinghamshire. Family: Husband Alan; children Jazmyn (seven), Sam (six). What's been your best career move?: Taking my career under my own control and setting up The Haystack Group. Describe yourself in three words: The perfect matchmaker. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: A pastie by the tin mine at Chapel Porth beach, Cornwall. What is your media diet?: Low in fat, high in fibre. What is your favourite brand?: Giorgio Armani. Name a recent ad that worked on you: Boden Children's catalogue (e-mail, insert, mailshot). What objects do you always carry with you?: Mobile phone, Bobby Brown lipstick. Who in the industry do you most admire?: Stuart Saunders - he taught me how to be a sparky spark and a long-burning torch. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: AS. What makes you angry?: Getting lost, being late. If you weren't you, who would you be?: Judy Dench (in my dreams). Where will you be in ten years' time?: House of Lords (they could do with more women). What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: Hi, I don't think we've met. Lowdown: Headed by the husband-and-wife team of Alan and Suki Thompson, The Haystack Group has further consolidated its position in the matchmaker market, handling reviews for Persil and Sainsbury's. The effervescent Thompson has mastered the art of blending a sharp, business-like attitude with a dose of flirtatious charm. Thomson, Don Job: Group commercial operations director, Chrysalis Radio. Company: Chrysalis Radio, Bramley Road, London W10. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7470 1012. Born: 1952. Place of birth: Oxford, Oxfordshire. Lives: Marlow, Buckinghamshire. Family: Wife Karen; two grown-ups! What's been your best career move?: Starting up Chrysalis Radio. Describe yourself in three words: Fair but determined. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: Elena's L'Etoile; Claridge's; Langan's. What is your media diet?: The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times, Sky News, Campaign, Media Week, Media Guardian, Brand Republic. What is your favourite brand?: Gant. Name a recent ad that worked on you: Cheltenham & Gloucester, remortage ads. What objects do you always carry with you?: Personal organiser/mobile phone. Who in the industry do you most admire?: Rupert Murdoch. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: OO. What makes you angry?: Bad manners, people who don't make the best use of their talent. If you weren't you, who would you be?: Sam Torrance. Where will you be in ten years' time?: Still trying to get my golf handicap into single figures. What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: He did his best and had a great time doing it! Lowdown: Thomson started his career in local radio in Manchester and he is passionate about the medium, despite periods selling TV. Recently relocating from London out to the countryside nearer his Oxford birthplace, he also likes to make frequent trips to his retreat in France. Thomson, Robert Job: Editor, The Times. Company: News Corporation, 1 Pennington Street, London E98. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7782 5000. Born 11 March 1961. Place of birth Torrumbarry, Australia. Other details: Not supplied. Lowdown: Thomson is well liked at News Corp and tipped for bigger jobs within the organisation. Super-brainy, he is fluent in Japanese and Mandarin. Thornton, Jim Job: Executive creative director in charge of taking credit for other people's hard work, Leo Burnett. Company: Leo Burnett, somewhere near Heston Services on the M4 (Warwick Building, Kensington Village, Avonmore Road, London W14). Work tel: The AA phone box, Heston Services: +44 (0)20 7751 1800. Born: Reluctantly, according to my mother. Place of birth: Nantwich, Cheshire, in the bed next door to Nick Studzinski (he's lying about his age, by the way). Lives: The rural idyll, East Sussex. Family: Wife Melanie; children Ellie, Ollie. What's been your best career move?: Marrying my wife. Describe yourself in three words: Sorry I'm late. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: Heston Services. The all-day breakfast is outstanding. What is your media diet?: The Week (what a brilliant idea that was), most US TV dramas, Radio 5 Live, Sky Sports News. What is your favourite brand?: Stoke City FC, Silk Cut - one tends to lead to the other, given the way Stoke play. Name a recent ad that worked on you: Millets long copy camping ad. Went and bought a tent. Yet to put it up. What objects do you always carry with you?: Ventolin, Silk Cut, lighter, iPod, Southern Railways train timetable. Who in the industry do you most admire?: John Webster - the man responsible for all the campaigns that made me fall in love with advertising. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: I love everyone. What makes you angry?: Tragically, more and more, the older I get. But there's nothing quite like the Daily Mail for arousing one's liberal ire. If you weren't you, who would you be?: At this very moment, Andrew Flintoff. Where will you be in ten years' time?: Wishing I'd paid a lot more into my pension, I suspect. What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: Well, that was fun. Lowdown: Thornton, replete with heart-felt opinions, is a drama school graduate. He's putting together a good team of creatives that is producing some strong work. Tilbian, Lorna Job: Director and head of media research, Numis Securities. Company: Numis Securities, Cheapside House, 138 Cheapside, London EC2. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7776 1500. Born: April Fool's Day. Place of birth: Nicosia, Cyprus. Lives: Kensington, London. Family: Divorced. What's been your best career move?: Buying a stake in Numis Corporation and helping it grow. Describe yourself in three words: Never say die. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: Le Flaneur. What is your media diet?: Financial Times, The Sunday Times. What is your favourite brand?: Gucci. Name a recent ad that worked on you: M&S Food. What objects do you always carry with you?: Hermes handbag, BlackBerry. Who in the industry do you most admire?: He knows who he is. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: EPHF. What makes you angry?: Other people. If you weren't you, who would you be?: My mother. Where will you be in ten years' time?: Either retired and restless or the longest-serving media analyst in the world. What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: And, finally, I can't answer back! Lowdown: She may look like a suburban housewife, but don't be fooled - Tilbian knows more about the finances behind some of the industry's biggest companies than the people running them. And she also knows how to move share prices with her shrewd analyses of company performance. Tilley, Andy Job: Partner, Ingram. Company: Ingram, 101 Wigmore Street, London W1. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7016 8200. Born: 22 September 1956. Place of birth: Wolverhampton, Staffordshire. Lives: Blewbury, Oxfordshire. Family: Wife Ollie; Laura (22), Mark (20), Grace (ten). What's been your best career move?: Leaving academia and joining BMP as a trainee media planner. Describe yourself in three words: Man in black. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: Union Cafe, Marylebone Lane. What is your media diet?: Typically, Wednesdays: Today, then The Guardian, The Times, The Sun, Google News, Media Guardian, Brand Republic, Evening Standard on the way home, Coronation Street, Sky Sports, news and Newsnight. Weekends: Jonathan Ross on Radio 2 and Radio 4 Sunday from Broadcasting House to lunchtime comedy, The Guardian, The Observer, The Sunday Times, News of the World, Ant & Dec, X Factor, all sports, Time Team, Mojo, Word, Uncut, British Journal of Photography, Private Eye. What is your favourite brand?: Apple. Name a recent ad that worked on you: Vodafone 5 Series. What objects do you always carry with you?: Family photo from 1958, mobile phone with photos and music, "Daddy" pen from Grace. Who in the industry do you most admire?: Ivan, Carolyn, Rosemary M, Coxy, Chris, Andy J. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: I've only ever worked with a mixture of committed, wonderful dynamic, modest, balanced, loyal people. What makes you angry?: Greed, disloyalty, spitefulness, pointless meetings, admin. If you weren't you, who would you be?: Someone else. Where will you be in ten years' time?: At the Post Office (if it still exists), collecting my free travel pass. What would you like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: Either "Died on empty" or "See, you can look good in black". Lowdown: Tilley's diary has been jam-packed recently, owing to his involvement in the TV companies' Thinkbox initiative. His laid-back charms must surely have been tested by the bitter rivals co-funding Thinkbox. Toaldo, Simon Job: Managing director,Euro RSCG London. Company: Euro RSCG London, Cupola House, 15 Alfred Place London WC1. Work tel: +44 (0)20 7240 4111. Born: 1 November 1961. Place of birth: London. Lives: Cookham, Berkshire. Family: Wife Jenny; children Theo (seven), Bindy (five). What is the best career move you have ever made?: Joining WCRS in 1988 rather than Cromer Titterton - sounds like an easy decision, but Cromer Titterton were offering a convertible Peugeot 205 GTi. Describe yourself in three words: Father of two. Where is your favourite place for lunch?: The cafe in Russell Square. What's your media diet?: The Independent, bbc.co.uk/sport, terrestrial TV. What is your favourite brand?: Illy. Name a recent ad that worked on you: I'm an occasional, slightly romantic Guinness drinker. The "toucan" posters work for me. What objects do you always carry with you?: Wallet and phone - I can't be doing with clutter. Who in the business do you most admire?: Nigel Long. What are the initials of the most loathsome person you have worked with?: Tempting as it is, I think I'll just tell him next time I see him. What makes you angry?: People getting angry. If you weren't you, who would you be?: Tiger Woods, please. Where will you be in ten years' time?: At Upton Park, watching my son play for West Ham. What would like the inscription on your gravestone to read?: I'm forever blowing bubbles. Lowdown: To everyone's surprise, Toaldo survived the upheaval that was the Ben Langdon era at Euro RSCG London. It is said he was within weeks of leaving when Langdon himself abruptly departed. It seems Toaldo's low profile but client-focused strategy has served him well.

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