John Farrell, the chairman of the DMB&B group in London, is leaving the
UK to become president of DMB&B North America. He will move to the
company’s US headquarters in May.
His UK successor will be announced in the next four weeks and will work
in parallel with Farrell during a handover period, before assuming full
responsibility for the UK group. Two candidates, both thought to be from
outside the group, have already been shortlisted.
Farrell’s move is part of a wider restructure in which Arthur Selkowitz,
the current president of DMB&B North America, will replace Roy Bostock
as the chairman and chief executive of DMB&B Worldwide. Bostock moves up
to become the chairman and chief executive of the agency’s holding
company, the MacManus Group.
Johan Hofstra, the regional managing director for northern Europe, will
become president of DMB&B Europe, replacing Jean Jabes, who died earlier
Farrell, who will be based in New York, said: ’It is very pleasing to be
offered a challenge like this, and it is a positive reflection on the
performance of the UK group.’
Farrell, 39, became group chairman two years ago in a controversial move
instigated by DMB&B’s US chiefs. His elevation split apart one of
British advertising’s most enduring partnerships, Graham Hinton and Tony
Douglas, who both subsequently left the agency.
Until his promotion, Farrell had been the president of DMB&B’s sales
promotion subsidiary, IMP, and was appointed group chairman over the
heads of Douglas and Hinton, the agency’s joint chairmen. Douglas was
offered ’early retirement’ immediately, while Hinton worked out six
months’ notice before quitting.
When he became group chairman, Farrell set out his vision for DMB&B to
become ’the pre-eminent communications group in the UK’, and led the
move of all the group’s companies into one London office.