Keane leaves Grey to be a freelance

Mike Keane, one of two group creative heads at Grey, is leaving the agency just two weeks after the departure of another senior art director, David George, to McCann-Erickson Manchester.

Mike Keane, one of two group creative heads at Grey, is leaving the

agency just two weeks after the departure of another senior art

director, David George, to McCann-Erickson Manchester.



Keane, who has been at Grey for three-and-a-half years, is going

freelance and will divide his time between his home city, Manchester,

and London.



Kay Truelove, Keane’s copywriting partner and joint creative group head,

will remain at the agency and is seeking a new art director.



Paul Smith, executive creative director at Grey, said: ’Obviously, I’m

very disappointed that Mike is going. It’s very hard when people want to

do other things and follow a different route but you can’t stop

them.



Mike wanted to get involved with illustration and do more press ads,

which a lot of creatives want to do.’



He added: ’We will be replacing both Mike and David as soon as we can

find people as good as them.’



Keane joined Grey from CDP in 1995 to partner Truelove, who had been

free-lancing at the agency.



In their time at Grey, the duo won several awards, including a place in

the 1997 One Show and D&AD Annual entries for Remington. They also

created ads for Speedo.



Keane has also scooped several Campaign press awards for work on Johnny

Moke shoes while working with Tony Veazey at Manchester-based Broadbent

Cheetham Veazey, for whom he is now expected to freelance.



Keane said: ’Kay and I had a very good last year creatively, and since I

made the decision to leave we’ve been given some really good briefs.



But I want to work on different projects so I can’t not go.’



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