Stephen Carter, the chief executive of J. Walter Thompson London,
has been handed the top job at its struggling sister agency, JWT
The Manchester agency’s chief executive, Andrew Stothert, is quitting to
work as a management consultant and on an e-business project. But Carter
said that the timing of Stothert’s departure was coincidental.
Carter now assumes the title of chief executive of JWT’s UK
Michael Madel, president of JWT Europe, the Middle East and Africa,
said: ’We believe a central management structure with Stephen as CEO
will accelerate the new-business momentum our UK operations have
The move is expected to encourage more movement of staff between the two
However, Carter does not plan to make it a replica of the London
He said: ’It needs to be an agency in its own market in its own
JWT Manchester, which employs 120 people, saw its billings fall by 31
per cent in 1999, according to MMS figures. Billings now stand at pounds
15.64 million. The figure for 1998 was pounds 22.80 million, and for the
previous year it was pounds 22.95 million.
However, JWT London’s performance tells a different story. Its billings
rose by 8 per cent to pounds 280.92 million in 1999. In 1997 its
billings were pounds 223.82 million.
The Manchester agency’s joint managing directors, Gary Moss and Paul
Watson, will stay on and handle the day-to-day running of the agency,
reporting directly to Carter.