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Diary: Recife goes wild as Chris Jackson comes to town

As any global new-business director will testify, it's rare for admen to step off a plane to any warmer greeting than a driver clutching a card with their name spelt wrongly.

So Chris Jackson, an account director at Leo Burnett, must have been shocked when he landed in Recife, Brazil, a few weeks ago. On his way into town, Jackson was struck by posters heralding his arrival. One billed it as the saviour of South American advertising with the words: "God save the ideas."

So what was all the fuss about? Well, Jackson is working with the communications agency Marl Pet as part of a wider initiative by the HIV/Aids Organisation Gestos.

But a Leo Burnett spokeswoman told Diary: "He shouldn't expect the same response on Cromwell Road when he returns."

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