Bury leaves O&M amid search for a chairman

Tom Bury, the Ogilvy & Mather chief executive and deputy chairman, has left the company after a year which saw the departure of the Guinness and Bupa accounts, as well as the loss of lead status on Ford of Europe.

Tom Bury, the Ogilvy & Mather chief executive and deputy chairman,

has left the company after a year which saw the departure of the

Guinness and Bupa accounts, as well as the loss of lead status on Ford

of Europe.



Bury was close to Guinness and Bupa.



The agency has created the new role of group chairman - a job Bury

wanted but failed to secure - and is talking to external candidates

about it.



The new role will relieve Mike Walsh, chairman and European chief

executive, of his UK duties, enabling him to focus on Europe.



In a statement, Bury said: ’I have been managing director and latterly

chief executive of O&M for seven years and, in the context of the new

group management structure, I could not foresee any new challenges that

appealed. Mike and I have been totally honest with each other and

decided to call it a day.’ Bury has not got a job to go to.



There will be no replacement for Bury, who worked at O&M for 14

years.



O&M’s managing director, Richard Pinder, will report directly to the new

group chairman.



WPP is known to have spoken to a number of agency heavyweights in London

about filling the new post, which is understood to have been on the

agenda since the summer.



Paul Simons, chairman of the UK TBWA Group and a close friend of Walsh,

is among them. David Wheldon, former president of BBDO Europe, has also

spoken to the WPP chief executive, Martin Sorrell, about the job.



Staff at the agency were told of Bury’s departure and the search for a

new chairman on Monday afternoon.



O&M lost the pounds 12 million Draught Guinness business to Abbott Mead

Vickers BBDO in January. The agency had held the account for the past 12

years.



In July, O&M was stripped of its role as Ford’s lead agency across

Europe in favour of Young & Rubicam, which was awarded the pounds 65

million European Fiesta and Ka accounts.



Bury had held his position since February 1997, after being promoted to

managing director in September 1992. Previously, he was the agency’s

head of client services.



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