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Diary: On the QT ..

A name from the past emerges to heap praise on Start With The Answer, a new book on leadership by Bob Seelert.

The Saatchi & Saatchi chairman took over in 1995 "when the company was in flux and extremely unstable. In a few short years, he not only stabilised the business, he grew it into an even greater advertising powerhouse than it once was." Not that David Herro is entirely impartial. He's the Chicago fund manager who provoked the biggest bust-up in advertising history when he engineered Maurice Saatchi's ousting in 1994 ...

A happy sequel to the story of Alex and Conrad, the creative team so desperate for a job offer from M&C Saatchi's Graham Fink that they sat up all night photocopying £36,000 from a £20 note. Tess Alps, the Thinkbox chief executive, has offered £500 towards their salaries and the director Tony Kaye has written offering his advice - on two sheets of layout paper ...

There was a narrow escape for Karmarama's cycling planner Jon Holt. Whizzing across Hyde Park on his way to work last week, he narrowly avoided mowing down David Cameron ...

Following TBWA\London's appearance in the final of this year's The Apprentice, news has leaked out of the agency of a visit by Sir Alan Sugar's right-hand man Nick Hewer in October last year, showing an apparently dazzling array of skills as he played on the PlayStation football game in reception. He revealed that he had never played on a computer game before, something that became evident when onlookers realised he was in fact playing the demo, and not actually controlling anyone on the pitch ...

Anyone trying to get hold of Simon Andrews, formerly of Mindshare, by e-mail might have a bit of a wait. According to his out of office, he "has left the building" and will not be returning until 21/02/2020, as he is "now ex-Mindshare".

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