Saatchi & Saatchi has taken back the senior creative team of Duncan
Marshall and Howard Willmott barely four months after losing them to Leo
The pair rejoin the agency on 23 April, taking the titles of group heads
in the creative department and reporting to the executive creative
director, Dave Droga.
Marshall and Willmott left Saatchis last November for Burnett, having
worked there for seven years.
Droga said: 'It was good for them to go to Burnett - after seven years
at Saatchis they needed to explore. I was sad to see them go, but there
was never any negotiation war - they have chosen to come back as the
agency starts to get some momentum going.'
He said they would run one of five creative groups in the agency,
working on a broad cross-section of clients.
Saatchis lost a second team to Burnett last month when Mike McKenna and
Greg Martin joined the agency as creative directors.
However, last year, Droga successfully rehired a further creative team -
Nik Studinski and Gavin Kellett - which he had lost to Bogle Bartle
Hegarty six months earlier.
The news comes two weeks before Saatchis' new chief executive, James
Hall, arrives from New Zealand to run the London office.