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,
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
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.’