CAMPAIGN DIARY: Denis Compton

The death of the sporting legend, Denis Compton, last week saddened many in the industry, especially staff at McCann-Erickson, where he acted as a consultant for many years.

The death of the sporting legend, Denis Compton, last week saddened

many in the industry, especially staff at McCann-Erickson, where he

acted as a consultant for many years.



The funniest tale we’ve heard about him so far was when Jack Rubens

joined McCanns as chairman. He was looking through the books when he

noticed Compton’s name on the payroll.



After discovering from Compton that he was employed by the agency

because he had good contacts, Rubens challenged Compton to get Sir Ian

MacLaurin on the phone.



Compton promptly obliged and handed the telephone to Rubens with the

chairman of Tesco on the line. Completely taken aback, he took the

receiver, put it back on its cradle, and agreed that Compton did indeed

have good contacts.



Needless to say, Rubens hadn’t realised that Sir Ian was also into

cricket.



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