Industry outsider to fill Hill’s TSMS post as top staffers quit

TSMS has hired an unknown as its chief operating officer in a move that coincides with the departure of three senior members of staff.

TSMS has hired an unknown as its chief operating officer in a move

that coincides with the departure of three senior members of staff.



The United News and Media-owned TV sales house has appointed Adam

Rhodes, a former Procter and Gamble marketer and currently the managing

director of a business consultancy in the Midlands, effectively to take

over the managing director responsibilities recently vacated by Jerry

Hill.



At the same time, Ted Bather, TSMS’s marketing director who was widely

tipped for the role, has tendered his resignation.



The broadcast director, Mike Lench, and the marketing controller, Laura

Pope, are also understood to be leaving. Lench is moving to a

consultancy role with S4C, while Pope is taking up a marketing post at

Leo Burnett.



Hill, who has taken over as the chief executive of TSMS, said Bather’s

departure was unconnected with the appointment. ’It’s something Ted’s

planned for some time,’ he said.



Hill said Rhodes had a sterling track record, having worked with

blue-chip clients such as PepsiCo. Rhodes will work with Hill to

strengthen TSMS’s business operations.



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