Hicklin quits job at Carlson to become partner with Slade

Justin Hicklin, the client services director of Carlson, has left the company in acrimonious circumstances to be a partner to Philip Slade in a start-up agency (Campaign, 13 March).

Justin Hicklin, the client services director of Carlson, has left

the company in acrimonious circumstances to be a partner to Philip Slade

in a start-up agency (Campaign, 13 March).



Matthew Brown, also from Carlson, will complete the trio heading up the

new agency, which is called Hicklin Slade & Partners. Brown was group

account director for BT at Carlson. A fourth partner is expected to come

on board in the next two months and the staff compliment is expected to

rise to seven this year.



Hicklin, who had been at Carlson for eight years and worked on accounts

including BT, United Distillers UK and Buena Vista Home Entertainment

UK, declined to comment on the circumstances of his departure. But a

spokesperson for Carlson commented: ’Inevitably, in these particular

circumstances, contractual issues do arise which we must address.’



Hicklin Slade has opened its doors with four clients and total billings

of pounds 1.5 million in the first year, according to Slade.



These are said to include a telecoms company, an entertainment group and

a drinks client.



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