Following Jeal’s departure on 26 February his co-founder and joint managing partner Dave Lucas will continue running Dentsu Aegis Network’s Northern operation, which includes offices in Manchester, Edinburgh, Leeds and Newcastle and the agency brands Carat, iProspect, Vizeum, Amplifi, Amnet and Fetch.
Dentsu Aegis Network’s predecessor Aegis signed a deal to buy MediaVest Manchester in July 2011 that included an initial payment of £27 million and was designed to be worth up to £95 million if targets were hit. The agency had offices in Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Edinburgh.
A spokeswoman for Dentsu Aegis Network UK said Jeal’s departure follows the conclusion of the business’ "highly successful earn out and integration" with Dentsu Aegis Network.
Jeal said: "Since Dave and I founded this business in 1994, we have been on an incredible journey. I’m truly proud of what we have achieved and hugely indebted to our talented team who have shared the journey with us.
"The current management team has never been stronger and, with the business in rude health, now is the right time for me to pursue new and non-competitive opportunities."
Prior to the Aegis deal Jeal and Lucas owned 77 per cent of the agency they founded, with Publicis Groupe owning the remaining 23 per cent.
Lucas said: "Andy leaves with every best wish, and a great deal of affection from all of our 500 employees. His contribution both to this business and to the development of a thriving media community in the region has been immense."