CHI's Danny Josephs leaves for WPP's News UK unit

CHI & Partners' first "suit", Danny Josephs, has left the agency after 12 years to run WPP's Team News dedicated unit servicing The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times.

The Sun: one of the News UK titles serviced by WPP's Team News unit
The Sun: one of the News UK titles serviced by WPP's Team News unit

Josephs joined Team News on Monday as its first managing director. He had been at CHI & Partners since its inception 12 years ago, when he joined as a partner, and was the agency’s first account handler.

Team News is WPP’s multi-disciplinary unit, which was set up to service client News UK, formerly News International, after the organisation handed WPP its £28 million integrated account in 2012. The group includes members from WPP agencies Grey, Ogilvy Group, m/SIX and The Box.

Josephs will assume responsibility for the day-to-day running of Team News from the chief executive, Deborah Kerr.

Team News works partly within News UK’s offices in Wapping – only The Box does so permanently – and will follow the rest of the Rupert Murdoch-owned organisation when it moves to the ‘Baby Shard’ building in London Bridge next year.

Josephs is already familiar with the News UK business. CHI & Partners had previously been The Times’ and The Sunday Times’ creative agency, but lost the account following a pitch in 2012.

Most recently, Josephs had been working on the Coutts and Argos accounts.

Josephs said: "After almost 12 years at CHI, it had to be the right job that coaxed me out of there. I'm enormously proud of what I helped CHI build but I also couldn't be more excited about working on the News business again. I don't think there's a more forward-thinking client in town and I can't wait to be involved again."

WPP has a minority stake in CHI.

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