Davis moves to WPP Unilever post

Tim Davis is stepping down as the chairman of J. Walter Thompson in

the UK and instead will take responsibility for WPP's Unilever business

across both Ogilvy & Mather and JWT.

Davis commented: "After Simon Bolton arrived it was always my intention

to get back to what I was doing before Stephen Carter left." Bolton, the

chief executive, joined JWT last year from FCB San Francisco. The post

had been vacant since the departure in 2000 of Carter, the previous

chief executive.

Michael Maedel, the head of JWT Europe, said that there was no immediate

need to replace Davis and that the chairman's job would be kept open

"for the time being".

Davis devoted one day a week to his chairman role, which he took up in

1998. He will continue to run the Shell Oil and Unilever accounts

globally, but will drop his local responsibilities.

Davis confirmed: "The Unilever role is expanding to take into account

the relationship with all the WPP agencies."

His new WPP role is part of a new initiative from the holding company

which will see its networks working more closely together. Luis Bassat,

the chairman of Bassat Ogilvy in Spain, takes on the chairman of WPP

Iberia title, while William Lo becomes the chairman of WPP China.

Separately, Maedel denied reports that David Lamb, JWT's global planning

director, is returning to London. Lamb moved to JWT New York last June.


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