Fielder, the group media director, and McClean, the finance director,
are thought to be negotiating with lawyers over the terms of their
departure. It is not known whether they will take other jobs in
Both are major shareholders in the agency; according to data at
Companies House, Fielder owns a 16 per cent stake and McLean owns a 9 per cent stake.
Fielder and McClean were part of the original management team that
bought Leagas Delaney back from the parent company, Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, in 1998. This team also included the former chairman, Bruce Haines, the planning director, Margaret Tully, and the chief executive and creative director, Tim Delaney.
Both Fielder and McClean have worked at Leagas Delaney for much of its
22-year history. Fielder spent eight years as the chairman before Haines
took the role in 2000. He became group media director, handling the
agency's US and European media tasks, in 1998.
Their departures would come barely a month after the resignation of
Haines, who left before Christmas amid reports of a deteriorating
relationship with Delaney. Delaney said at the time that a new chairman,
if one was hired, would come from outside the agency.
Fielder denied he was leaving: "I'm sitting here doing a media plan, and
have no plans to leave." McClean also denied a departure was imminent.