HHCL & Partners has poached Saatchi & Saatchi’s planning director,
Andy Davies, as one of several senior hirings to bolster its planning
Davies, who will start at HHCL on 13 March, will join two other new
recruits: Deborah Mills, who was a board planner at Ammirati Puris
Lintas, and Dave Cobban, who was a senior planner at M&C Saatchi.
All three take on the title of ’planner’ because HHCL does not have a
hierarchical planning department. The three recruits take the
department’s total headcount to 15.
So far, only Mills has been handed specific account responsibilities.
She will work on Egg and other unnamed accounts. Sid McGrath, who runs
the agency’s planning department, said the responsibilities that Davies
and Cobban will take on are still under consideration.
McGrath said the agency has offered planning jobs to two further
He claimed the expansion was the result of new-business wins in
He said: ’We have expanded our client base and have been scouring the
industry for talent. We’ve seen more than 50 planners in all.’
Davies is leaving Saatchis for the second time. This time around he was
with the agency for two-and-a-half years, having previously worked for
Hal Riney in San Francisco.
Before that he was with Saatchis in London, which he joined after
two-and-a-half years with GGT. He began his advertising career as a
planner with GGK.
Mills worked on Van den Bergh Foods and Burger King while at APL. She
previously worked for Delaney Fletcher Bozell.