Lowe hands Inge creative hotseat

Lowe Howard-Spink has appointed a new creative director as part of a restructure that will also see the establishment of a board at Lowe & Partners Worldwide for the first time.

Lowe Howard-Spink has appointed a new creative director as part of

a restructure that will also see the establishment of a board at Lowe &

Partners Worldwide for the first time.



Charles Inge, who has worked in the London agency’s creative department

since 1986 - most recently as creative group head - is inheriting

creative responsibility from Paul Weinberger.



Weinberger becomes the chairman and chief creative officer and will move

out of the creative department. He will be taking some responsibilities

from the chief executive, Tim Lindsay, who is being promoted to

president of Lowe & Partners Europe.



The core management of the London office will now include Weinberger,

the deputy chairman and planning director, John Lowery, and the managing

director, Paul Hammersley.



The new Lowe & Partners Worldwide board will include: Frank Lowe, the

chairman and chief executive; Lee Garfinkel, the chairman and chief

creative officer, Lowe & Partners USA; Joe Gilbride, the chief financial

officer; Adrian Holmes, the chief creative officer, Lowe & Partners

Worldwide; and Jerry Judge, president, Lowe & Partners Worldwide.



Lowe said: ’Until now, all Lowe companies have been run by a small

headquarters group. We recognised that by the end of 1999, Lowe &

Partners Worldwide would have become a global network. We therefore set

about putting in place some time ago a group of people who could manage

the next phase of the network’s development.



’All the people on this board have been with the company for many years

and have each proved themselves to be extremely successful in their

roles.’



The establishment of a board, and implied delegation of authority, marks

a change in approach for Lowe, who has famously maintained direct

control over the individual businesses in his network.



Lowe has also announced plans to set up a worldwide operations committee

’in the near future’, with the intention of improving the network’s

performance on international pitches and with global clients.



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