Fallon hires new chief executive

Fallon is aiming to recapture its position as one of the most successful creative agencies in the UK with the appointment of a new chief executive, Gareth Collins.

Collins: the outgoing AMV managing partner aims to ‘get Fallon back on its pedestal’. Credit: David Rowland
Collins: the outgoing AMV managing partner aims to ‘get Fallon back on its pedestal’. Credit: David Rowland

When he joins in the summer from Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, Collins will lead a new management team at Fallon alongside Nick Bell, the executive creative director, and David Hackworthy, the chief strategy officer.

Collins returned to the UK a year ago after five years at Clemenger BBDO in Sydney. He had previously worked at AMV and rejoined as a managing partner to run its Sainsbury’s account, overseeing the award-winning "Christmas is for sharing" campaign.

Magnus Djaba, the chief  executive of Saatchi & Saatchi Fallon UK Group, said: "When Pat Fallon picked a management team to start Fallon London, he chose people who didn’t know the rules but just wanted to create new ones. Gareth has that same spirit and attitude."

Collins said his aim is to "get Fallon back on its pedestal".

He added: "It has a history and culture of brilliant work, great people and fantastic clients, and the market is crying out for an agile agency that can challenge the big guys."

Fallon was considered one of the most successful creative agencies of the noughties but has stuttered since its founders moved on. Gail Gallie, who had been the chief executive since 2010, then left the agency in April last year.

Collins’ arrival coincides with the departure of Fallon’s managing director, James Townsend, who is joining 360i as its chief executive.

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