Ad people are increasingly appearing on TV to comment on news
Only a few months ago it was DMB&B’s irrepressible marketing director,
Nigel Marsh, advising companies how to market beef after the BSE
And is there any agency that hasn’t been asked for its thoughts on
relaunching the Royal Family?
However, one topic advertising types are rarely asked about is how best
to fight Saddam Hussein. That is, until someone tipped us off about
CDP’s head of account management, Simon North.
When Operation Desert Fox got under way at the end of last month, Sky
News planned a ’Gulf War special’ and asked North to take part as a
Although North had to decline, we thought it strange he had been asked
in the first place - until we did a bit of detective work.
North was a Forward Aircraft Controller during the 1991 Gulf War, before
changing tack and opting for a far more dangerous career as an
advertising account man. He insists it was his heavy workload that
prevented him appearing on Sky News but if you just glance at the
picture above, this is him on his way to the new-business meeting he had
scheduled that day. He’d certainly blend in when surrounded by an army
of combat-clad creatives drinking in the Crown and Two Chairman - but
doesn’t he realise that suits have to wear, well, suits?