THE A LIST: Part 5 of 13

DYE, DAVE

Born: London, 31 May 1964.

Family: Two parents; one partner; one son; one daughter.

Lives: Muswell Hill, London.

Education: King Harold School; Loughton College.

Current job: Creative director, Campbell Doyle Dye. +44 (0)20 7483 9800.

Salary: Less than it once was.

Career highlights: See below.

Proudest achievements: Winning two D&AD Pencils in CDD's first year (ever).

Honours and awards: Five D&AD Pencils; 11 One Show Pencils; 12 Campaign Press Bowties; six Cannes Lions; six Campaign Poster Awards.

Professional organisations: Blockbuster Video.

Clubs: Blockbuster Video.

Hates: Having good ads rejected.

Loves: Having good ads run.

Admires: Dr Seuss.

Favourite ad: 'Points of view', The Guardian.

Film: Withnail & I, Bruce Robinson.

Book: The One Show.

Music: Solid Air, John Martyn.

Hotel: The Hempel.

The lowdown: Dye is a more retiring character than his CDD creative partner Sean Doyle, but this disguises a ready wit. He is happy to let his great creative talent speak for itself.

DYKE, GREG

Current job: Director-general, British Broadcasting Corporation. +44 (0)20 7580 4468.

Details: Not supplied.

The lowdown: Dyke, the son of an insurance salesman, once harboured ambitions to be a Manchester United and England midfielder in the mould of Nobby Stiles. He brought the nation programmes including Blind Date and rescued TV-am with Roland Rat. The left-leaning, self-confessed 60s liberal made an estimated £7 million when he was in charge of LWT and is now bringing his fiercesome commercial nous to bear at the BBC.

EARLS, MARK BENEDICT

Born: Cardiff, 12 July 1961.

Family: Kath and Gery Earls (parents), Ros Earls (sister), Jon Earls (brother).

Lives: Camden, London.

Education: John Lyon School, Harrow; St Edmund Hall, Oxford (Philosophy & Modern Languages).

Current job: Group executive planning director, Ogilvy & Mather London.

+44 (0)20 7345 3000.

Salary: Ask the bank manager.

Career highlights: Mostly look forward rather than back, but if asked to tell the story, it goes something like this: 1996, blagging a job in BMP's planning department to learn trade; 1991-92, getting first Birds Eye ad in the Book since CDP's Ben and Mary; Still Price 1991, winning £50 million of IBM business from GGK with four polyboards; 1994-95, European planning director on Elida Faberge; winning The Economist Europe from Abbott Mead Vickers and helping persuade them to buy Barbara Krueger; 1996-99, head of planning, Bates, coaching first two APG awards (Compaq and Royal Mail) and first major IPA paper (Safeway); retaining Royal Mail account despite tough repitch then leaving; 1998-99, planning director at St Luke's; planning author of New Shoes strategy for Clarks; elected vice-chairman of Account Planning Group; 2001, sabbatical, wrote one book (Welcome to The Creative Age) and edited another (Brand New Brand Thinking), with Merry Baskin; joined O&M and set about making it great again, producing one integrated planning and strategy function for a group of more than 800 people in London and filling it with the best people in town (Jane Cunningham, head of planning, Malcolm Poynton, executive creative director); next, co-pilot of revitalised O&M (honest) in London and across Europe; another book.

Proudest achievements: As a planner, the rethink of Clarks; as a manager, every time I see someone outperform their own expectations; as a thinker, the day Welcome to the Creative Age appeared; as a platform-junkie, telling 1,500 US planners that marketing is over and them not lynching me; as a bloke, 100lb tarpon caught off Key West.

Honours and awards: (see above plus); MRS conference 2003 Best New Thinking Prize; 2003 WPP Atticus Gold Award.

Professional organisations: APG; IPA.

Clubs: WGCC; Vincents.

Hates: Undisclosed.

Loves: Cricket; fishing; music; books; dinner (did I say fishing?).

Admires: My sister.

Favourite ad: 'Harry the Spider's coming out party', Chocolate Fingers.

Film: Withnail & I, Bruce Robinson.

Book: The one I'm reading at the moment.

Music: Anything by Prince Buster or the Skatalites.

Hotel: Soneva Fushi, Maldives.

The lowdown: No-one would go to Earls for a 'quick chat', but he's excused for being a prolific talker by his combination of intelligence and wit. Favours austere glasses and leather jackets.

EARNSHAW, MALCOLM TERRY

Born: Kingston, 21 July 1946.

Family: Wife; three children; one grandson.

Lives: Rutland; Chelsea.

Education: Surbiton Grammar; University of Southampton (Biochemistry).

Current job: Director-general, ISBA +44 (0)20 7499 7502.

Salary: £100,000+ Career highlights: Running a production unit at 21; head of planning for Mars; group market research director; marketing director, Pedigree Petfoods; European marketing director, Mars Petcare; director-general, ISBA.

Proudest achievement: Leading team that revitalised Whiskas in Europe; two years as WFA president; leading ISBA.

Honours and awards: None.

Professional organisations: MSoc; WFA; EASA; ICC; Asbof.

Clubs: MGGB; Solus; Luffenham; Heath and Rutland County Golf.

Hates: Beaurocracy; smoky atmospheres.

Loves: Freedom; fresh air; achieving the unlikely; family; golf; old aeroplanes.

Admires: Douglas Bader.

Favourite ad: Carling Black Label campaign and Whiskas Snow (favourite ad I made!) Film: Gandhi, Richard Attenborough.

Book: Smiley People, Lo Larre.

Music: Rhapsody in Blue, George Gershwin.

Hotel: Le St Geran, Mauritius.

The lowdown: Has a reputation for being an austere and stern figure, disciplined and fastidious about details - all qualities handy for his job, representing the industries' interests.

EASTWOOD, MATT JEREMY

Born: Perth, Australia, 6 October 1967.

Family: Kaye and Ken Eastwood (parents).

Lives: Hoxton, London.

Education: John XXIII College; Curtin University (BA Design).

Current job: Creative director, M&C Saatchi. +44 (0)20 7543 4500.

Salary: See Companies House.

Career highlights: 1989, named, at 22, one of Australian advertising's Young Turks; 1990, won best writer at the Australian TV Awards; 1992, won Commercial of the Year at the Australian TV Awards; 1992, moved to Sydney to work under one of my advertising heroes, Graham Nunn of Foster Nunn Loveder; 1995, won the Chairman's Award at the Caxton Awards; 1996, got my first job as creative director and opened the Melbourne office for M&C Saatchi; 1997-2000, named Agency of the Year three years running; 2001, promoted to executive creative director of M&C Saatchi New York; 2002, took over as creative director of M&C Saatchi London.

Proudest achievement: Living in New York and surviving September 11.

Honours and awards: One Show, Cannes; New York Festivals; Clio; AWARD (Australian Writer's and Art Director's Club); ATV (Australian TV Awards); Caples; Echo; Mobius; Caxton (Newspaper); Golden Stylus (Radio).

Professional organisations: AWARD; Melbourne Art Director's Club.

Clubs: Soho House; Century; Third Space.

Hates: Going from size 32 to 34.

Loves: My partner.

Admires: Steve Jobs.

Favourite ad: 'Points of view', The Guardian.

Film: Gattaca, Andrew Niccol.

Book: The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand.

Music: Tusk, Fleetwood Mac.

Hotel: The Delano, Miami.

The lowdown: Eastwood is modest, highly personable and free from temperament. The Australian has been identified as one of the industry's unicorns - a young, proven talent, capable of managing a large agency creative department.

ECCLESHARE, WILLIAM CHRISTOPHER

Born: London, 26 October 1956.

Family: Married (Carol Seigel); three Children.

Lives: Hampstead, London.

Education: William Ellis School, London; Trinity College, Cambridge (MA History).

Current job: Chairman and chief executive, Young & Rubicam/Wunderman, Europe, Middle East & Africa. +44 (0)20 7387 9366.

Salary: Adequate.

Career highlights: 1978-90, account management, J. Walter Thompson London; 1990-92, managing director JWT; 1992-95, chief executive PPGH/JWT Amsterdam; 1996-1999, chairman/chief executive, Ammirati Puris Lintas London; 2000-02, partner, leader European branding practice, McKinsey and Company.

Proudest achievement: A three-hour, 38-minute London Marathon time.

Honours and awards: IPA Fellowship.

Professional organisations: IPA; Marketing Society; council member, University College School, London.

Hates: Holding above Heathrow at 7pm on a Friday; politics.

Loves: Absurdly expensive cars; Politics.

Admires: My maternal grandmother.

Favourite ad: 'Snowplough', Volkswagen.

Film: A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrick.

Book: Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy.

Music: Thunder Road, Bruce Springsteen.

Hotel: Cipriani, Venice.

The lowdown: Forward-looking and innovative, Eccleshare has been drawn back to advertising and Sorrell like a moth to a flame.

EDWARDS, DUNCAN J

Born: Watford, 28 March 1964 Family: Dr Vernon and Mrs Jean Edwards (parents); Sarah Kennedy (wife); two sons.

Lives: Dartmouth Park, London.

Education: Merchant Taylors School, Northwood; The University of Sheffield.

Current job: 2002, managing director, The National Magazine Company. +44 (0)20 7439 5000.

Salary: Undisclosed.

Career highlights: 1991-94, revitalising Company as publisher; 2000, acquiring assets of Gruner & Jahr (UK); 2002, becoming managing director at NatMags.

Proudest achievements: Work, being appointed managing director at NatMags; at home, my family.

Honours and awards: None.

Professional organisations: Director, PPA; director, NRS; director, COMAG Magazine Marketing.

Clubs: Soho House; George; OMT Rugby Football Club; The Merchant Taylors Livery Company.

Hates: Laziness.

Loves: Passion.

Admires: Editors.

Favourite ad: Any that use magazines.

Film: Moulin Rouge!, Baz Luhrmann.

Book: Anything by William Boyd.

Music: Classical opera.

Hotel: Plaza Athenee, New York; Babington House, Somerset.

The lowdown: Named after the famous Manchester United player, Edwards is the son of a former England football team doctor. He has long since kicked his 40-a-day Silk Cut habit in favour of cigars.

ELVIN, JOANNE MARIE

Born: Sydney, 21 February 1970.

Family: Harry and Leonie Elvin (parents); Ross Jones (husband); no children.

Lives: Wandsworth, London.

Education: Cambridge Park High School, Sydney Australia (Higher School Certificate); The University of Western Sydney (two years of a BA Communications, dropped out when offered a job on a magazine at 18).

Current job: Editor, Glamour, started in July 2000 to launch the magazine, which went on sale March 2001. +44 (0)20 7499 9080.

Salary: Oooh, cheeky.

Career highlights: Glamour, Glamour and Glamour - its success has been like a dream. Until we came along, Cosmopolitan had been the number-one magazine in the market for 30 years. Our handbag-sized format looks like the easy solution now but when we launched this untested format it was seen as a real risk, so there's a lot of satisfaction there. Also, the teenage magazine that I launched (with editor-in-chief Kath Brown) when I was 24. This too became the market leader very quickly and I won two awards for editing for it, so that was a highlight for a ruffian from the suburbs of Sydney. Other fun things have been interviewing Tony Blair on an RAF jet for New Woman magazine (I was editor of it 1998-2000), and making the TV series Model Behaviour II for Channel 4 last year.

Proudest achievements: Glamour - mostly I'm proud of the great taste I seem to have demonstrated in putting together a wonderful team who do such a great job.

Honours and awards: 1995, Editor of the Year, Sugar (BSME women's non-weekly); 1995, Launch of the Year, Sugar (ACE awards); 1996, Editor of the Year, Sugar (women's non-weekly); 1999, Magazine of the Year, New Woman (Emap editorial awards); 2001, Launch Editor of the Year, Glamour; 2001, Best Designed Consumer Magazine, Glamour (Total Publishing awards); 2001, Launch of the Year, Glamour (ACE Awards); 2002, Editor of the Year, Glamour (women's non-weekly); 2002 Editor's Editor of the Year; 2003 Magazine of the Year, Glamour (PPA); 2002, ranked number three in the Financial Times Creative Business Creative Top 50.

Professional organisations: Committee member, Jasmine Awards; Cosmetic Executive Women; BSME.

Clubs: Groucho; Adam Street; Champney's City Club.

Hates: Cyclists; sushi (and cyclists who like sushi ... well, they're just the worst).

Loves: Other people's babies; dogs; Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Marc Jacobs clothes.

Admires: My husband.

Favourite ad: The surreal Magic FM ad with the dogs on a rowboat in a river. Bring it back, it always made me smile.

Film: This is Spinal Tap, Rob Reiner.

Book: Currently, Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris; all-time favourite A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving.

Music: Hunky Dory, David Bowie.

Hotel: Ravesi's, Sydney.

The lowdown: Elvin is not only an editing professional of the highest order, she also understands the publishing business thoroughly. A keen luncher and interviewee, she is not afraid of profile and her open personality has been a benefit in her career.

EMERY, NICK G

Born: Pontefract, 9 December 1965.

Family: Molly and Gerry (parents); Nigel (brother); Helen (sister).

Lives: The City, London.

Education: Silcoates; Sussex.

Current job: Chief strategy and planning officer, MindShare Worldwide.

+44 (0)20 7969 4040.

Salary: Don't be daft.

Career highlights: Being part of the initial MindShare launch team; working with the government on education; launching The WoW Factory; working with the current MindShare worldwide teams.

Proudest achievements: Working with the team on the MindShare strategy and structure.

Honours and awards: One D&AD; five Media Agency of the Year awards; a plaque of MindShare fashion icons in pop socks.

Professional organisations: Marketing Society; Media Circle.

Clubs: Mother 333; Red Bench.

Hates: Pop-socks; sandals; flip-flops; feet.

Loves: Books; beaches.

Admires: Mum and dad.

Favourite ad: Cresta.

Film: A Matter of Life and Death, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

Book: Naked Lunch, William Burroughs.

Music: An Ideal For Living, Marc Johnson.

Hotel: Burgh Island.

The lowdown: With a sense of humour so dry that it's practically dessicated, the smooth bibliophile Emery can come across as a bit of a smart Alec. In a former life, Emery played drums for the Jesus & Mary Chain.

EVERARD, MITCHELL LEE

Born: London, 16 May 1960.

Family: Leslie and Brenda Everard (parents); Gloria Everard (wife); one dog.

Lives: Croydon.

Education: Kingsdale Comprehensive, Dulwich.

Current job: General manager, The Ivy Restaurant. +44 (0)20 7240 9333.

Salary: Not relative to anyone else.

Career highlights: The opportunity to manage The Ivy.

Proudest achievements: Many years The Ivy voted London's best restaurant; voted in the top 50 restaurants in the world.

Honours and awards: None.

Professional organisations: None.

Clubs: Two Brydges Place; The Union Club.

Hates: Spiders.

Loves: Orchestrating one of the best rooms in the land.

Admires: Chris Corbin; Jeremy King.

Favourite ad: 'Swimblack', Guinness.

Film: The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola.

Book: Leslie Halliwell's film guide.

Music: Gaucho, Steely Dan.

Hotel: St Regis, New York.

The lowdown: The thing about Everard that elicits the most curiosity is his unfailing ability to exchange interesting words with all his diners.

A true pro.

EYRE, RICHARD

Current job: Chairman, Interactive Advertising Bureau UK. +44 (0) 20 7886 8282.

Details: Not supplied.

The lowdown: The man who's done just about everything in his career, Eyre is well known for his enthusiasm and easy-going attitude. Reputedly likes to field work calls from a shack in his garden. He is also on the advisory board of The Ingram Partnership.

FAGAN, ELIZABETH

Current job: Group marketing services director, Dixons Group. +44 (0)1442 353000.

Details: Not supplied.

The lowdown: The formidable Fagan is well suited to a big retail client such as Dixons, but she is tough as well as fair. A fanatical Glasgow Celtic supporter and a WACL stalwart.

FALLON, PAT

Current job: Chairman, Fallon Worldwide.

Details: Not supplied.

The lowdown: The architect of this Minneapolis-based but Publicis-owned agency brand has proved that is it possible to introduce talent beyond the first generation of management and reinvent itself according to market needs.

FARR, SUE

Born: Sheffield, Leap Year day.

Family: Derek and Peggy Fairburn (parents); Richard Farr (former spouse).

Lives: London.

Education: Sheffield High School for Girls; Reading University (English & Politics).

Current job: Chairman, advertising and marketing services division, Chime Communications. +44 (0)20 7861 8515.

Salary: Undisclosed.

Career highlights: Keeping Robin Wight under control (1986-90, WCRS business development director); launching UK Gold in six months flat (1990-93, director of corporate communications, Thames Television; 1992-93, launch marketing director, UK Gold); leading the transformation of the BBC into a marketing-led organisation; launching or relaunching Radio 1, Radio 5 Live, BBC Online, BBC Digital TV; creating Proms in the Park (1993-2000); chairing The Marketing Society (1992) and The Marketing Group of Great Britain (1990-2001); joining Chime to work with a wonderful bunch of people; learning how to shop on the high street (non-executive director, New Look, 1993-96).

Proudest achievement: Yorkshire grit.

Honours and awards: Advertising Woman of The Year (1997); Marketing Society Grand Prix (1998).

Professional organisations: Council member, MGGB; fellow, Marketing Society; fellow, RSA; WACL; RTS; IoD.

Clubs: Local gym.

Hates: Cynicism; apathy; insincerity.

Loves: Talent; passion; energy; decency.

Admires: All those with talent; passion; energy and decency.

Favourite ad: 'Perfect Day', BBC.

Film: Anything with Audrey Hepburn in it.

Book: The Fun Factory, Will Wyatt.

Music: Nimrod, Edward Elgar.

Hotel: Post Ranch Inn, California.

The lowdown: Farr is an impeccable networker, famed for the did-she-didn't-she commission the stupendous 'Perfect Day' promotion while heading marketing at the BBC. Also famed for her beautifully groomed appearance.

FARRELL, JOHN FRANCIS PATRICK

Born: London 20 August 1957.

Family: Karen (wife); three children.

Lives: Greenwich, Connetticutt, USA.

Education: Rickmansworth Grammar School; Nottingham Trent University (Business Studies).

Current job: President, chief executive, SAMS, Publicis Groupe Worldwide. Salary Almost embarrassingly high.

Career highlights: 1980, joined IMP London as an account executive; 1986, managing director, IMP London; 1988, president and chief executive, IMP Europe; 1991, chairman D'Arcy London Group; 1996, president and chief executive, D'Arcy USA; 1998, president and chief executive, D'Arcy Transatlantic; 2000, president and chief executive, D'Arcy Worldwide; 2002-03, president and chief executive, specialised agencies and marketing services, Publicis Groupe Worldwide.

Proudest achievement: Being asked by Maurice Levy and Roger Haupt to take functional responsibility for 26 per cent of Publicis Groupe.

Honours and awards: Honorary president, ISP; Best Individual Contribution to Promotional Marketing in the last millennium, SPCA; inducted into the American Advertising Federations under 40-year-old Hall of Fame.

Professional organisations: The Marketing Society; Institute of Sales Promotion; Direct Marketing Association; The American Advertising Federation; innumerable other trade associations.

Clubs: Marketing Group of Great Britain; Burning Tree Country Club; Moor Park; Effingham Golf Club; Roehampton Club; Mortons; The Dorchester Club; New York Sports Club.

Hates: Politics in business.

Loves: Family; all sports (US and British); 250-yard drives down the middle.

Admires: People who say what they believe.

Favourite ad: 'White Xmas', Heineken.

Film: Singin' in the Rain, Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly.

Book: Straight from the Gut, Jack Welch.

Music: 1812 Overture, Piotr Tchaikovsky.

Hotel: Hotel du Cap, Antibes.

The lowdown: Some say that Farrell's past direct marketing days sat uneasily with his increasing profile within the D'Arcy network.

Ambitious and hard working.

FEATHER, STUART NICHOLAS

Born: Bradford, 7 May 1959.

Family: Margaret and Norman Feather (parents - former newsagents who live in Yorkshire and gave me my introduction in to media); Sheila (wife); one son; one daughter.

Lives: Edinburgh.

Education: Keelham Primary School; Bradford Grammar School; Portsmouth Polytechnic (for one year, kicked out for academic incompetence).

Current job: Joint managing director, Feather Brooksbank. +44 (0)131 555 2554.

Salary: £50,000 - £500,000.

Career highlights: Starting Feather Brooksbank in 1991.

Proudest achievements: 1999, becoming part of Aegis Media UK (formerly Carat Group UK); keeping it together.

Honours and awards: None.

Professional organisations: None.

Clubs: St Andrew Boat Club; Bradford Amateur Rowing Club.

Hates: Protocol and procedure; Manchester United FC; beetroot; honey; petty golf rules, ie. stockings with shorts.

Loves: Excess; Leeds United FC; cars; fun.

Admires: People who 'move the game on' on a business front, while enjoying themselves. Favourite ad Undisclosed.

Film: Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino.

Book: I don't read books. The nearest I get is Car magazine. Sad.

Music: Tempted, Squeeze; White Lines, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.

Hotel: In the UK, Gleneagles; non-UK, Bali Hyatt.

The lowdown: Feather is known for his energy for the business and still manages to have enough firepower to have an outrageously good time.

FELDWICK, PAUL

Current job: Executive director of planning, BMP DDB. +44 (0)20 7258 3979.

Details: Not supplied.

The lowdown: Planning supremo Feldwick won the BRAD Advertising Mastermind challenge in 1981. This stunning achievement was bettered in 1982, when he recorded a song called Lunchtime Love Affair under the name Paul Feldwick and the Cartoons.

FINN, MICHAEL

Born: County Mayo, Ireland, 10 June 1952.

Family: Anna (wife); three children.

Lives: St Margaret's, Twickenham.

Education: Wellington Grammar; London University; BA Wharton.

Current job: Chief executive, DFGW; +44 (0)20 7734 5888.

Salary: Undisclosed.

Career highlights: Making DFGW a success.

Proudest achievements: DFGW making Daewoo Campaign Advertiser of the Year; winning IPA Advertising Effectiveness Grand Prix.

Professional organisations: Undisclosed.

Honours and awards: Undisclosed.

Clubs: Undisclosed.

Hates: Undisclosed.

Loves: Undisclosed.

Admires: Undisclosed.

Favourite ad: Undisclosed.

Film: Undisclosed.

Book: Undisclosed.

Music: Undisclosed.

Hotel: Undisclosed.

The lowdown: The affable Finn is a good example of an entrepreneur who's now able to sit back and let the next generation work toward the agency's future. A fan of all things Italian, he's currently renovating a Tuscan farmhouse.

FISHER, CAROL ANN

Born: London, 13 April 1954.

Family: Gladys Fisher (mother); Brian Hurst (partner); Lynette and Mark (siblings), four nephews and nieces.

Lives: Thames Ditton, Surrey.

Educated Enfield County School for Girls; Birmingham University (Medieval and Modern History) Current job: Partner, The Ingram Partnership. +44 (0) 20 7016 8200.

Salary: Enough to make me thankful.

Career highlights: 1982-88, Grand Met Brewing, joined as brand manager, left as senior marketing manager, launched Budweiser in the UK, managed entire lager portfolio; 1989-94, marketing director, Holsten Distributors, won numerous industry awards for work on Holsten Pils; 1994-96, European marketing director, Courage, created first pan-European strategy for Foster's; 1996-98, managing director, CLT UK Radio Sales, we increased revenues by 78 per cent on Talk Radio and 45 per cent on Atlantic 252 in a market up by 15 per cent; 1999-2002, chief executive, COI Communications, we achieved the highest-ever levels of customer satisfaction, the best ever five-year review and recognition in the industry and internationally as the best public-sector communications organisation worldwide.

Proudest achievement: Becoming the first woman marketing director of a brewery, first as an managing director of a radio sales house and first female chief executive at COI. I am very proud that my team at COI won Campaign's accolade as Advertiser of the Year in 2002.

Honours and awards: 2001, Publicity Club of London award for the year's most outstanding contribution to advertising and marketing 2001; Radio Advertising Fellowship 2002. I have also helped my teams win Campaign Poster Awards, innovative media and best new product awards (Holsten), Sales Team of the Year (Talk Radio; a new role as chief advisor to the government on marketing communications, reporting to 10 Downing Street was created for me at COI.

Professional organisations: Member, CAP general media panel; member, Metropolitan Police Independent Challenge panel; advisor, Bournemouth University Media School.

Clubs: WACL (past president); Marketing Group of Great Britain; The Marketing Society; National Trust Hates: Insincerity; almond essence; South West Trains; automated telephone answering systems.

Loves: At home, my family; at work, passion, enthusiasm, honesty; at play, country walking, travelling the world.

Admires: Aung San Suu Kyi - what a truly extraordinary woman.

Favourite ad: 'Tank', The Army - radio ad, a fantastic use of the medium (made before my time at COI).

Film: Great Expectations, David Lean.

Book: Music and Silence, Rose Tremain.

Music: Depending on my mood, Music and Silence, Ralph Vaughan Williams, or Buena Vista Social Club, Ry Cooder.

Hotel: Give me a good B&B any day! The lowdown: Everybody expected her to land a plum agency job when she suddenly quit as COI's queen bee. But Fisher's blunt speaking can be a turn off, which may explain why she has been snapped up by another dour character, Chris Ingram.

FITZGERALD, NIALL

Current job: Chairman, Unilever. +44 (0)20 7822 5252.

Details: Not supplied.

The lowdown: Self-assured and charismatic, Fitzgerald enjoys running marathons and going to the opera. Oh, and managing an annual ad spend of £143 million.

FLEET, PETER DAVID

Born: Broxbourne, 17 April 1967.

Family: Retired parents live in Hampshire; divorced; no children.

Lives: Chatham Maritime, Kent.

Education: Sheredes School; University of Southampton (Politics & International Relations).

Current job: Director, marketing, Ford Motor Company. +44 (0)1277 253000.

Salary: Undisclosed.

Career highlights: 1989, joined Ford of Britain as graduate trainee.

Previous positions include manager, Ford Dealer Advertising Associations (1994); manager, sales planning and analysis (1995-96); manager, marketing programmes and communications (1996-97); district manager, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Cumbria (1997-2000); director, commercial vehicles (2000-02).

Proudest achievements: Youngest director at Ford Motor Company; stood for Parliament in 1997 in a (then) 'target' seat for the Conservative Party.

Honours and awards: None.

Professional organisations: Council member, ISBA; leadership team member, Cause Related Marketing Campaign, Business in the Community.

Clubs: Solus Club.

Hates: Excessive political correctness and/or bad manners.

Loves: Driving a high-performance car along a near-empty B road through the beautiful English countryside.

Admires: The Rt Hon The Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven LG, OM, FRS.

Favourite ad: 'Face', British Airways; 'holidays', Carlsberg.

Film: The Italian Job, Peter Collinson Book: The Last Diaries, Alan Clark (or any John Grisham or Ian Rankin).

Music: Jerusalem, Charles HH Parry (words by William Blake).

Hotel: Has to be Skibo Castle on the Dornoch Firth.

The lowdown: The aptly-named Fleet is an imposing client - he's nearly seven feet tall. After signing Kylie Minogue (who stands barely five feet tall) for a promotional campaign, he was understandably nervous about their first meeting.

FLETCHER, DAVID MARTIN

Born: Sutton Coldfield, 3 June 1963.

Family: Bill and Jill Fletcher (parents); Janet (wife); three children.

Lives: Hanwell, London.

Education: John Willmott School, Sutton Coldfield; University of Bristol (Physics).

Current job: Head of MediaLab, Mediaedge:cia UK. +44 (0)20 7803 2000.

Salary: More than enough.

Career highlights: 2000, genuinely ground-breaking research projects covering finance director's attitudes to marketing accountability; 2001, the inter-relationship between factors affecting TV ad recall; 2002, mainstream marketing activity and ethnic minority audiences.

Proudest achievement: Helping to re-engineer planning through a combination of systems automation and the introduction of workshop techniques; building the MediaLab team in the UK and being a part of the global MediaLab development team; negotiating a four-day week.

Honours and awards: Media Week award (runner up and in the early days when they were easier to get); MRG conference most seamless inclusion of random words and/or phrase into presentation award (for 'quince curd strudel' and 'defenestrate').

Professional organisations: None.

Clubs: Ealing Symphony Orchestra; The Marketing Society; Media Research Group.

Hates: PowerPoint.

Loves: Family; music making (and the graciousness of our next-door neighbours).

Admires: Tom and Rachel Sanderson, for leaving metropolitan comfort in order to take talent and family to Uganda and establishing a health centre and sustainable micro-businesses for the people of Kabale.

Favourite ad: 'The Muncher's Coming!', Chewitts.

Film: Network, Sidney Lumet.

Book: The Sixty-Minute Father, Rob Parsons, for the same one line of insight that stops everyone else dead in their tracks, too.

Music: 'Touch her soft lips and part', William Walton, from Henry V - it makes my father cry.

Hotel: Le Manoir, and now I have an excuse to go there.

The lowdown: One of the best media researchers of his generation and runs an excellent operation at Mediaedge:cia. A Guardian-reading Christian, he has taken up the guitar to tick all the boxes of the Ned Flanders stereotype.

FLETCHER, WINSTON

Born: London, 15 July 1937.

Family: Albert and Betty (parents, both deceased); Jean (wife, nee Brownstone; ex-advertising art director); one daughter, Dr Amelia Fletcher; chief economist Office of Fair Trading.

Lives: London SW7.

Education: Westminster City School; St John's College, Cambridge (MA (Hons) Philosophy).

Current job: Chairman, Asbof; director, Delaney Lund Knox Warren & Partners; eight other portfolio jobs. +44 (0)20 7580 7071.

Salary: Various - some pay well, others pay nowt.

Career highlights: Became director and shareholder of Robert Sharp & Partners aged 25; left to found Fletcher Shelton Delaney aged 29; sold FSD to Ted Bates and became chairman and chief executive Ted Bates Group ten years later; left TB and founded Delaney Fletcher Delaney in 1985; sold to Bozell in 1989 and became chairman of Bozell UK operations.

Proudest achievements: Brought serious feature writing to British trade press; only person ever to be both president, IPA and chairman, AA, not to mention council member, ASA, and president, Thirty Club; published 11 books and more than 2,000 features; founder chairman, World Advertising Research centre.

Honours and awards: FIPA; FCAM; visiting professor, Lancaster Management School; visiting professor, Westminster University.

Professional organisations: Vice-president, HAT Archive; chairman, The Royal Institution; chairman, Barnado's London and South-East; council member, Barbican Centre; trustee, Open College of the Arts.

Clubs: Groucho; Reform; Harry's Bar; Annabels; Solus.

Hates: Talking to self-important people.

Loves: Lunching with lively and unpretentious people.

Admires: William Shakespeare.

Favourite ad: DDB 60s Volkswagen campaign.

Film: On the Waterfront, Elia Kazan.

Book: Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy.

Music: Anything by Talulah Gosh or Heavenly.

Hotel: Marc Veyrat's Hotel de l'Eridan (overlooking Lake Annecy) - sublime food and eccentric decor.

The lowdown: Fletcher's still a high-profile face in the industry, despite having bowed out of day-to-day agency life. Dubbed the ultimate survivor in a ruthless industry.

FLINTHAM, RICHARD

Current job: Managing partner, Fallon. +44 (0)20 7494 9120.

Details: Not supplied.

The lowdown: One half of one of adland's finest creative teams, Flintham is also responsible for mass adland drunkenness - he invented a bicycle-style tequila-dispensing machine for one of the agency's parties.

FORISSIER, MARIE-JOSE

Born: Paris, 7 April 1948.

Family: Maurice-Antoine Latil, chief executive of various heavy industry companies, Mireille Le Dantec, film critic (parents); Marc Forissier, banker (husband).

Lives: Paris Education: College Sainte-Marie de Neuilly; Universite Nanterre Paris X (MA Sociology), Institut des Sciences Politiques (Diploma).

Current job: Chairman, Initiative Media Worldwide, chief executive officer, Europe, Asia & Latin America.

Salary: Undisclosed.

Career highlights: To have recruited and created for Initiative Media a management team of such talent.

Proudest achievement: To have played a key role in moving Initiative Media from being a French operation handling FFr150 million to a worldwide company handling $20 billion.

Honours and awards: Undisclosed.

Professional organisations: Undisclosed.

Clubs: Cercle de l'Union Interalliee Polo de Paris Hates: People with brains but no guts.

Loves: People with brains and guts.

Admires: Pope John Paul II.

Favourite ad: Thousands.

Film: Millions, with special mention to Jules et Jim, Francois Truffaut.

Book: Millions, with special mention to Belle du Seigneur, Albert Cohen.

Music: Millions, with special mention to Sonata No 959, Franz Schubert.

Hotel: The Carlyle, New York; The Oloffson, Haiti; Sukhotai Bangkok.

The lowdown: The slender, beautifully groomed Forissier is one of the few women to make it on the international media stage. A shrewd political player, her Gallic charm allied to a passion for the business are her marked qualities.

FORTIER, KIMBERLY A

Born: Los Angeles, California, US.

Family: William Sanders Quinn (husband); one child.

Lives: Mayfair, W1, London.

Education: Vesser, USA (BA (Hons) English & History).

Current job: Publisher, The Spectator, Apollo, Heartland. +44 (0)20 7405 1706.

Salary: Undisclosed.

Career highlights: Launch team, GQ; firstcommunications director, Conde Nast.

Proudest achievements: The Spectator moved into profit after 171 years.

Honours and awards: I am an unsung hero.

Professional organisations: WACL; Development Board; The Royal Court Theatre.

Clubs: Undisclosed.

Hates: Unmerited arrogance; assumed superiority; the Daily Mail.

Loves: Equality.

Admires: Should I say Boris Johnson? For diplomatic reasons? Favourite ad: The ones in my magazine.

Film: A Matter of Life or Death, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

Book: Father and Son, Edmund Bosse; Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte; London Labour and the London Poor, Henry Mayhew.

Music: Two operas - Nixon in China, John Adams; Semele, Georg Handel.

Hotel: I don't like hotels - I always rent a house or flat, even in the weekend. I only check into hotels if I have a cold or 'flu (that way someone will take care of me).

The lowdown: Fortier has a well-earned reputation for being the commercial impetus that the 175-year-old Speccie always needed. 'Kimbo' to her editor.

FRANCIS, SIMON JAMES

Born: 19 December 1967.

Family: Laura Francis (wife); proud father to two daughters.

Lives: Kingsfold, West Sussex.

Education: Ralph Allen School, Bath; Exeter University (Biological Sciences).

Current job: Director, strategic planning Europe, OMD Europe. +44 (0)20 7908 3400.

Salary: Confidential.

Career highlights: The best is ahead of me still ... but working with OMD management team and current clients to become AdAge's Global Media Agency of the Year and winning more than one billion euros of new business in 2002; historically, working with IBM, Kellogg, Nike, Pepsi, Procter & Gamble and many others at Zenith, Leo Burnett and MindShare awards Media Week, Campaign and IPA Media.

Honours and awards: Three Campaign awards and two Media Week awards; one IPA Media award.

Proudest achievement: My daughters, although I think the credit should go my wife; winning the consolidated 330 million euros Sony account across Europe.

Professional organisations: None.

Clubs: Frensham Fly Fishers.

Loves: Running; cycling; fly fishing; gardening.

Admires: People with vision and the ability to deliver it; Justin Francis, chief executive, Responsibletravel.com.

Favourite ad: 'Greyhound', Reebok.

Film: A River Runs Through It, Robert Redford.

Book: Undisclosed.

Music: The The.

Hotel: My mother's house.

The lowdown: Family man Francis hates travelling abroad for work and is well known for his chatty and down-to-earth demeanour.

FRANCKE, ANN PORTER

Born: Denville, New Jersey, USA, 2 December 1958.

Family: Arden and Karl (parents); Barry (husband); one daughter; one dog; one cat.

Lives: London; Nottingham.

Education: Mountain Lakes High School, New Jersey (National Merit Scholar); Stanford University, California (BA Russian & Politics); Berlin University, Germany (Fulbright/DAAD Scholar); Columbia University, New York (MBA/MSc Business & Journalism).

Current job: Former director of strategic marketing, Boots Group. +44 (0)115 9506111.

Salary: Fine, thanks.

Career highlights: 1986-99, brand manager and general manager, Procter & Gamble; 1999-2002, vice-president, Petcare Marketing Europe, Mars Incorporated; 2002-present, director of strategic marketing, Boots Group.

Proudest achievements: My daughter, Izzy, aged 11. Honours and awards Second place in the mothers' race.

Professional organisations: Marketing Group of Great Britain; WACL; committee member, ACA; fellow, RSA.

Clubs: Local gym.

Hates: Crowds; queues; pomp; posers.

Loves: The genuine article.

Admires: Elizabeth I; Elizabeth my grandmother (successful multitaskers).

Favourite ad: 'Those who can, teach', Department of Education.

Film: Legally Blonde, Robert Luketic (I'm a brunette).

Book: The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera.

Music: Water Music, Georg Handel.

Hotel: The Sunset Marquis, Los Angeles.

The lowdown: An art lover who once won a United Nations poetry competition, Francke isn't the kind of senior marketer you would expect to find at conservative leviathans such as Procter & Gamble, Mars and Boots. Such champions of high creative standards in client companies are all too rare.

FURNISS, ANN PENNY

Born: Windsor, 16 May 1962.

Family: Dr Michael John Preston Furniss and Valerie Ridley Furniss (parents); two children.

Lives: Primrose Hill, London.

Education: Ashford County Grammar School; Downing College Cambridge (English Literature).

Current job: Partner, Sputnik Communications. +44 (0)20 7439 2780.

Salary: Undisclosed.

Career highlights: 1983-1989 Saatchi & Saatchi graduate trainee to board account director; 1989-91, Tommy's campaign; 1998, press secretary, Dutchess of York; 1999, founded Spunik.

Proudest achievement: My children; the last good thing we did at Sputnik.

Honours and awards: 2000, finalist, PR Week's New Agency of the Year; 2000 Marketing Week's Grand Prix for marketing effectiveness of Skoda; 2001, Marketing's brand revitalisation, Skoda; 2002, Marketing Week's marketing effectiveness, Skoda Octavia; IPA's Effectiveness Awards gold, Skoda.

Professional organisations: None.

Clubs: None.

Hates: bad writing; exclamation marks.

Loves: Courage.

Admires: Winston Churchill.

Favourite ad: 'Piss on niggers', Rock the Vote.

Film: Withnail & I, Bruce Robinson.

Book: Lucky Jim, Kingsley Amis.

Music: You'll Never Walk Alone, live at Anfield.

Hotel: Costa dei Fiori, Santa Margherita Di Pula, Sardinia.

The lowdown: Furniss' trademark growl, as well as her ability to help propel brands such as Skoda into the mainstream, have earned her a reputation as one of the best advertising PRs.

GATFIELD, STEPHEN JOHN

Born: Epsom, 2 September 1958.

Family: Eliza Gatfield (wife); one child.

Lives: Chicago.

Education: City of London Freemans School; Bristol University (BSc Psychology); IMD Business School.

Current job: Former chief operating officer, Leo Burnett Worldwide. +44 (0)20 7591 9111.

Salary: Confidential.

Career highlights: 1993-97, chief executive, Leo Burnett London; 1997-2000 regional managing director, Leo Burnett Asia-Pacific.

Proudest achievements: Putting Leo Burnett London onto a strong creative track; forming Beacon in Japan with Dentsu.

Honours and awards: Investors in People Award.

Professional organisations: Former board member, Race for Opportunity UK; member, Chicago Council for Foreign Relations; founder member, IDM; member, IAA.

Clubs: Chicago Arts Club; RAC; Babington House, Somerset.

Hates: Marketing verbal diarrhoea.

Loves: Great, simple ideas that are full of humanity.

Admires: Michael Conrad.

Favourite ad: 'Skidmark', Mercedes - it won Leo Burnett London the Cannes Print Grand Prix.

Film: Babette's Feast, Gabriel Axel.

Book: Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert.

Music: Duo, Duke Ellington and John Coltrane.

Hotel: Park Hyatt, Tokyo.

The lowdown: Gatfield is clever and cultured, but he also has a tough streak. He's not afraid to take a hard decision.

GEORGE, MARTIN PETER

Born: York, 19 May 1962.

Family: Peter and Jean George (parents); Helen (wife); three daughters.

Lives: Hampton, Middlesex.

Education: Undisclosed.

Current job: Director of marketing and commercial development, British Airways. +44 (0)20 8738 5050.

Salary: Undisclosed.

Career highlights: Undisclosed.

Proudest achievements: The launch of WISAA at Cadbury's; the world's biggest offer introducing the only truly flat beds in business class at British Airways.

Honours and awards: Undisclosed.

Professional organisations: Chairman, Airmiles; board member, British Airways London Eye; board member, London Tourist Board; chairman, Marketing Group of Great Britain.

Clubs: See above.

Hates: Undisclosed.

Loves: Sport; music; travel; family.

Admires: Matthew Pinsent; Paula Radcliffe.

Favourite ad: 'Musical chairs', British Airways.

Film: Jerry Maguire, Cameron Crowe.

Book: The Best a Man Can Get, John O'Farrell.

Music: Ocean Drive, Lighthouse Family.

Hotel: St Geran, Mauritius.

The lowdown: Yorkshire-born George has the confidence of BA chief executive Rod Eddington, and has thus extended the company's adspend to £24 million in the past year.

GEORGIADIS, PHILIP ANDREW

Born: London, 6 May 1962.

Family: Jack and Jean (parents); Penny (wife); three children.

Lives: Chiswick, London W4.

Education: KCS, Wimbledon; York University (History of Art).

Current job: Partner, Walker Media. +44 (0)20 7447 7500.

Salary: Undisclosed.

Career highlights: 1983-85, Benton & Bowles/Ray Morgan and Partner graduate, TV planner/buyers, 1985-95, WCRS board director at 27, executive media director at 30, vice-chairman at 32; launching Orange; 1995-97, Initiative Media chief executive, winning the £100 million PSA account; 1998-present, Walker Media founding partner, building a people-based media business Proudest achievement Professionally; Walker Media; personally, Olivia, Toby and Bella; sailing the Atlantic.

Honours and awards: Fellow, IPA; various Campaign and Media Week awards.

Professional organisations: IPA.

Clubs: Soho House; The Park Club.

Hates: The endless overpromising of media agencies; the increasing lack of transparency; commoditisation of media.

Loves: Golf ; sailing in a warm climate.

Admires: Martin Elliot, Dr Rob Yates and all the staff of Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Favourite ad: 'Mean Joe Green', Pepsi.

Film: The Shawshank Redemption, Frank Darabont.

Book: Perfume, Patrick Suskind.

Music: Peter Tosh.

Hotel: Anassa, Cyprus.

The lowdown: Georgiadis has that rare combination of media expertise and sensitivity. He often wears his heart on his sleeve and is known for his rambling sentences and his keen intellectual approach to all things media.

GERSTER, ALEC

Current job: Chief executive, IM Worldwide, Initiative Media. + 1 212 605 7000 Details: Not supplied.

The lowdown: Known as the 'quiet man' of US media, Gerster is a modest but crucial player at Initiative, reporting directly to Interpublic's vice-chairman David Bell.

GILLESPIE, JONATHAN PETER

Born: London, 2 February 1967.

Family: Colin and Janet Gillespie (parents).

Lives: Balham, London SW12.

Education: Eltham College; Edinburgh University (MA English); Strathclyde University (MSc Marketing).

Current title Head of radio; head of OMD Affinity. +44 (0)20 7893 4893.

Salary: Undisclosed.

Career highlights: 1992, joined IRS in a support to sales role (an invaluable insight into what makes people tick); 1994, RAB strategic planner (a return to the cerebral environment and a fantastic learning ground); 1996, Virgin Radio, account manager (including Chris Evans breakfast show) - heady days indeed with a Capital/Branson/Evans brew; 1998-present, head of radio, starting up a specialist offering; 1999, promoted to board director; 2000-present, head of OMD Affinity, the sponsorship, sports rights and media content development arm of OMD.

Proudest achievements: Starting OMD's radio department and helping take it to number one; 2000, winning the COI Communications radio business; 2002, being made a Radio Advertising Fellow at the House of Lords.

Honours and awards: See proudest achievements.

Professional organisations: None.

Clubs: Hayward Gallery; Barnes RFC; Holmes Place.

Hates: Dunking biscuits in tea.

Loves: Rugby; football; film; Scotland.

Admires: Walter Sisulu.

Favourite ad: Any Volkswagen ad.

Film: Love, Honour and Obey, Dominic Anciano and Ray Burdis.

Book: Catch 22, Joseph Heller.

Music: The Mission, Ennio Morricone.

Hotel: Hotel du Vin, Bristol.

The lowdown: Outspoken when it comes to radio advertising, Gillespie once instructed sales staff at Capital Radio to sing Elvis songs while taking bookings from OMD - Love Me Tender was banned because it was 'boring'.

GLAZER, KERRY MARINA

Born: London, 9 July 1961.

Family: James (deceased) and Patricia Bull (parents); two siblings; Barry Glazer (husband); two children; one puppy.

Lives: Hampstead, London.

Education: Ealing Grammar School for Girls; University of London.

Current job: Managing director, AAR. +44 (0)20 7612 1200.

Salary: Less than Martin Jones.

Career highlights: Still being employed. 1979-84, trained, qualified and practised as a state-registered nurse; 1987, graduate trainee, J. Walter Thompson; 1993-97, director, Kendal Tarrant; 1997-99, freelancing at AAR, Limbo and WCRS; 1999-present, commercial director and managing director, AAR.

Proudest achievements: Being mum to Ella and Jamie.

Honours and awards: None worthy of mention.

Professional organisations: member, DMA; The Marketing Society; Royal College of Nursing.

Clubs: WACL; Milk & Honey; Holmes Place.

Hates: Whelks; exercise; traffic jams.

Loves: Fast cars; Queens Park Rangers FC; fish finger sandwiches; Bruce Springsteen; Barry White; my family and friends.

Admires: Sheila Abbott, headteacher at Brookland Infant School.

Favourite ad: 'Face', British Airways.

Film: Shrek, Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson and Scott Marshall.

Book: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Jean-Dominique Bauby.

Music: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Hotel: Le Touessrok, Mauritius.

The lowdown: Glazer is a well liked and much-respected fixture on the agency scene, and has been described as 'the perfect matchmaker'. Has a penchant for the colour pink.

GLAZER, JONATHAN

Current job: Managing director, Academy. +44 (0)20 7395 4155.

Details: Not supplied.

The lowdown: Glazer's reputation as a director now extends out of the commercials world and into features - the attention which comes with it does not sit easy with him.

GLENN, MARTIN

Born: Tamworth, 8 July 1960.

Family: Debbie Glenn (wife); two daughters; one son.

Lives: Berkshire.

Education: St Francis School of Assisi, comprehensive, Aldridge, west Midlands; Merton College, Oxford (BA Politics, Philosophy & Economics).

Current job: President, PepsiCo UK. +44 (0)1189 306666.

Salary: £250,000.

Career highlights: 1994, successful launch of Doritos into the UK; 1995, Lineker Walkers Crisps campaign; 1999, Free books for schools - seven million so far.

Proudest achievements: 1998, president of Walkers Snacks.

Honours and awards: Special ambassador to Prince of Wales; 2002 Asian Marketing Group's Personality of the Year, for services to independent sector.

Professional organisations: Fellow, Marketing Society; Leicester Cares, volunteering initiative in Leicester; director, Leicester City Football Club.

Clubs: Chairman, Steatley Colts Football Club.

Hates: Management babble.

Loves: Summer mornings; Friday evenings; football.

Admires: Gary Lineker.

Favourite ad: 'Martians,' Cadbury Smash.

Film: The Deer Hunter, Michael Cimino.

Book: Inside the Whale, George Orwell.

Music: Reprise, Les Miserables, Alain Boublil.

Hotel: Hotel Arts, Barcelona.

The lowdown: A forceful client, never afraid to say what he thinks, Glenn is ambitious, determined and strategically minded. Not a social animal.

GODDARD, TOM

Current job: Chief executive, Viacom Outdoor. +44 (0)20 7482 3000.

Details: Not supplied.

The lowdown: A familiar player in the outdoor media sector, Goddard once played in a Bob Marley tribute band at a Viacom sales conference.

GOLD, SARAH

Born: Blackburn, 27 April 1971.

Family: Jeanne Bishop and Peter Gold (parents).

Lives: Maida Vale, London.

Education: Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Blackburn; Cambridge University (French & German).

Current job: New-business director, Clemmow Hornby Inge. +44 (0)20 7025 8989.

Salary: See Companies House.

Career highlights: 1993, joining Lowe Howard-Spink as a graduate trainee; 1999, being made board account director on Weetabix, Reebok and Olympus; 2002, appointed new-business director in January; 2002, joining CHI as new-business director in November.

Proudest achievements: Getting my first job in advertising at Lowe Howard-Spink; being the account director on award-winning campaigns for Weetabix, Heineken, Reebok and Olympus cameras; running Lowe's pitch for Orange business in 2000; being part of the team that made Lowe Agency of the Year in 2000. Getting my job at CHI.

Honours and awards: Various D&AD, BTA, Campaign and IPA awards while at Lowe for Olympus cameras, Heineken, Weetabix, Reebok, Wickes and Orange; Cannes gold for CHI's Tango campaign.

Professional organisations: Marketing Society; IPA.

Clubs: England Supporters Travel Club, Next-Generation Gym, Holmes Place, Soho House, The Electric House, Cobden Club.

Hates: Mussels.

Loves: Blackburn Rovers, shopping, holidays.

Admires: Jack Walker.

Favourite ad: 'Crazy ones', Apple.

Film: The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola.

Book: James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl.

Music: Walking Wounded, Everything But The Girl Hotel: La Figuiere, St Tropez.

The lowdown: The diminutive Gold, more popularly known as Goldie, has unleashed a fiery ambition since she left Lowe to join CHI after nine years. The combination of a strong Lancashire accent with a myriad of designer clothes enables her to stand out from her peers.

GOODMAN, STEVEN BARRY

Born: London, 10 July 1961.

Family: Undisclosed.

Lives: Hampstead, London NW3.

Education: Mill Hill; UMIST.

Current job: Group press director, MediaCom. +44 (0)20 7874 5500.

Salary: Undisclosed.

Career highlights: Undisclosed.

Proudest achievements: Undisclosed.

Honours and awards: CAM Diploma; Institute of Marketing Diploma.

Professional organisations: ABC Council.

Clubs: Holmes Place.

Hates: Undisclosed.

Loves: Undisclosed.

Admires: Undisclosed.

Favourite ad: 'Photo booth', Hamlet.

Film: Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino.

Book: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde.

Music: Blue Lines, Massive Attack.

Hotel: Ana Mandara, Vietnam. The lowdown His smooth looks and slightly monotone manner belie the fact that Goodman is the man with his finger on the pulse of the press industry.

GOODWIN, FRANCIS

Current job: Corporate development director, Maiden Outdoor. +44 (0)20 7838 4000.

Details: Not supplied.

The lowdown: Goodwin has come a long way from his first job - selling packaging machinery in Venezuela. He has survived three redundancies and says that travel is his most expensive hobby.

GOODWIN, MARK CHRISTOPHER

Born: Nottingham 22 October 1964.

Family: Rex and Mary Goodwin (parents); Beata Goodwin (wife); one son; one daughter.

Lives: Spitalfields, London E1.

Education: Loughborough Grammar School, Leeds University Law School; The School of Communication Arts.

Current job: Deputy creative director, M&C Saatchi. +44 (0)20 7543 4500.

Salary: Not telling.

Career highlights: Landing my first job; leaving my second job; winning my first D&AD pencil; working with such inspirational and creative people as Andrew Niccol, Tiger Savage, Gary Martin, Chris Palmer, Mark Denton, John Hegarty, Tim Delaney, Simon Dicketts, James Lowther and Jeremy Sinclair.

Proudest achievements: The births of my daughter and son (corny and unoriginal, I know, but true).

Honours and awards: The ones I value most are three D&AD silvers; three D&AD nominations; three Campaign Poster golds; seven Campaign Poster silvers; three pieces of work accepted into the archive at the V&A Museum.

Professional organisations: D&AD. Are there any others for creatives? Clubs: Undisclosed.

Hates: Hate.

Loves: Love.

Admires: My parents, my wife, my children and those in career highlights.

Favourite ad: Too many to mention, but 'Drugstore', Levi's, takes some beating.

Film: Taxi Driver, Martin Scorsese, among others.

Book: The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov.

Music: Quicksand, David Bowie; Paint it Black, The Rolling Stones. I don't know what it will be tomorrow.

Hotel: The Baan Taling Ngam, Thailand.

The lowdown: He might not have the style and profile of his creative partner, Tiger Savage, but Goodwin is a talented creative with shelves full of awards to prove it.

GOSPER, BRETT

Born: Melbourne, Australia, 21 June 1959.

Family: Richard Kevan and Jillian Mary Galwey (parents); three children Lives: London SW19.

Education: Scotch College, Melbourne; Monash University, Melbourne (Faculties of Law & Economics).

Current job: Executive vice-president, general manager, McCann-Erickson New York office +1 (0)646 865 2000.

Salary: See Companies House.

Career highlights: 1981,Ogilvy & Mather Melbourne, Brisbane, graduate trainee; 1982-89, Ogilvy & Mather Paris; 1989-93, account executive to board account director; BDDP Paris; 1993-94, deputy managing director, BDDP Franfkurt; 1994-2003, founder/managing director, Euro RSCG Wnek Gosper.

Proudest achievement: Retaining my modesty.

Honours and awards: None.

Professional organisations: None.

Clubs: Marylebone Cricket Club (life member); Melbourne Cricket Club; Melbourne Rugby Club; Racing Club de France; Circle Castel Paris.

Hates: Cucumber.

Loves: My family.

Admires: Father.

Favourite ad: 'Big', Barclays.

Film: Chariots of Fire, Hugh Hudson.

Book: The Godfather, Mario Puzo.

Music: Not fussy.

Hotel: St James Club, Paris.

The lowdown: Gosper's avuncular personality makes him a formidable client-facing ad professional - a skill that must have proved irresistible to the head-hunters at McCann-Erickson. He's been too modest to mention his rugby-playing talents of years gone by.

GOTLIEB, IRWIN

Current job: Chairman and chief executive, Group M, MindShare. +1 (0)212 646 756 4000.

Details: Not supplied.

The lowdown: The 'daddy' of the US media scene, Gotlieb was Sir Martin Sorrell's man of choice when he wanted someone to kick ass, take shit and wrench media out of J. Walter Thompson and Ogilvy & Mather to launch MindShare in America.

GOTTLIEB, COLIN ANDREW

Born: London, 1 April 1961.

Family: Ruth and Ronnie Gottlieb (parents); Stephaine (wife); three children.

Lives: London NE4.

Education: Friern Barnet Grammar School; City of London School.

Current job: Chief executive, OMD Europe. +44 (0)20 7908 3400.

Salary: Undisclosed.

Career highlights: 1980, joined Time Buying Services as trainee working across all media and a range of entertainment and retail business; 1985, joined Chris Ingram Associates as a senior non-broadcast planner buyer and promoted to Associate Director in 1987; led CIA's planning and buying unit for BT's UK press business; 1989, promoted to the board; August 1990, left CIA to form Manning Gottlieb Media and built a successful business combining creative strategic thinking with hard-nosed buying, attracting key clients including Nike, PlayStation, Virgin Atlantic, Sony Music, Johnson and Johnson, fcuk and Royal & Sun Alliance; 1997, sold Manning Gottlieb to Omnicom Group; 2000, Omnicom invited me to take the leadership role at OMD Europe as network chief executive.

Proudest achievement: Three. One - Manning Gottlieb, where we successfully capitalised from building a great business from scratch; two - OMD Europe, where I built a team who have turned a weak European network into a powerful and successful competitor; three - doing all this and still celebrating 20 blissful years of marriage.

Honours and awards: A few odd media awards along the way.

Professional organisations: IPA.

Clubs: Club Fiorano.

Hates: Bullies; stupidity.

Loves: My family; close friends; coming up with better ideas than my competition.

Admires: Anyone who is super-smart and charitable but doesn't shout about either.

Favourite ad: Nike's billboard campaign in London in the early 90s.

Film: In the Heat of the Night, Norman Jewison.

Book: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, Hermann Vaske - for anyone who wants to understand the real beauty of our craft.

Music: Penny Lane, The Beatles.

Hotel: Hotel De Russie, Rome.

The lowdown: With the subsequent success of OMD Europe, the Ferrari-driving speed fanatic Gottlieb proved that, despite selling Manning Gottlieb to Omnicom, he still had fire in his belly.

GOWER, LIZZIE

Current job: Managing director, Academy. +44 (0)20 7395 4155.

Details: Not supplied.

The lowdown: Gower's reputation for spotting, nurturing and retaining top directing talent is legendary. A firm believer in how cross-pollination between commercials and features directing can improve the final result.

GOWERS, ANDREW

Born: Reading, Berkshire, 19 October 1957.

Family: Finola (nee Clark, wife); one son; one daughter.

Lives: Dulwich.

Education: Trinity School, Croydon; Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (MA English).

Current job: 2001, editor, Financial Times. +44 (0)20 7873 3000.

Salary: Undisclosed.

Career highlights: Undisclosed.

Proudest achievements: Undisclosed.

Honours and awards: Undisclosed.

Professional organisations: Undisclosed.

Clubs: Undisclosed.

Hates: Undisclosed.

Loves: Undisclosed.

Admires: Undisclosed.

Favourite ad: Undisclosed.

Film: Undisclosed.

Book: Undisclosed.

Music: Undisclosed.

Hotel: Undisclosed.

The lowdown: Once forced to wear a children's party hat while making a speech on the misfortunes of Enron, Gowers is making his mark in a more serious way since taking the helm of the FT in 2001.

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1 Job description: Digital marketing executive

Digital marketing executives oversee the online marketing strategy for their organisation. They plan and execute digital (including email) marketing campaigns and design, maintain and supply content for the organisation's website(s).