Campaign Annual 2007: Top 10 Suits
campaignlive.co.uk, Friday, 14 December 2007 12:00AM
1. Johnny Hornby
Selling to WPP for a tidy sum made 2007 a particularly good year for adland's best-connected suit. Hornby's roguish charm and artfully dishevelled appearance keeps clients beating a path to Rathbone Street.
2. Andrew McGuinness
Getting Beattie McGuinness Bungay on to the Waitrose pitchlist at the 11th hour was an end-of-year flourish from the man who is also one of advertising's best new-business directors. Personable, business-minded and a hit with creatives.
3. Sarah Gold
It's been a busy year for the highly capable Gold, coping with an expanding client list, running pitches (most recently Waitrose and COI) and planning the continued expansion of the CHI empire.
4. Gwyn Jones
No-one ever doubted his talent, but turning around Bartle Bogle Hegarty's New York operation proved his business credentials. The challenge for BBH will be how best to use him now he is back in the country.
5. Neil Quick
Under Quick, the Procter & Gamble business has quietly become a bedrock of Publicis. Never was this more appreciated than in the turbulent year of 2007. His promotion to managing director comes as little surprise to those who know him. Quick combines exceptional account management skills with a sharp business brain and chirpy humour.
6. Ian Pearman
Pearman has spent his whole working life at Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, and has the rare talent of keeping clients on-side while not being afraid to stand up for what he thinks. He is a great asset in new business, making a huge contribution to this year's impressive tally at AMV.
7. Chris Macdonald
Macdonald helped steady things at McCann Erickson as those around him abandoned ship. He is smart, funny and very optimistic. Anyone who describes their perfect day as "a massive pitch presentation" must be a great suit at heart.
8. Neil Simpson
Simpson started life at Ogilvy, then moved on to Bartle Bogle Hegarty, and has an impressive array of top client jobs under his belt. That range of experience, combined with his intelligence and charm, should make him a powerful draw.
9. Magnus Djaba
Djaba earns respect by being deeply thoughtful about brands and passionate about the Orange account he looks after at Fallon. He takes great pride in wrestling problems to the ground in his effort to do the best for his clients.
10. James Murphy
With his start-up almost ready to launch, Murphy will need to polish off his formidable client handling skills to reel in some early wins. He's bright and extremely hard working, and there are few who doubt he will be successful.
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