- McCann-Erickson has recruited a new deputy managing director to replace Rae Burden, who left the agency to be the UDV world-wide account director at Lowe Howard-Spink earlier this year.
Chris Hunton, who resigned from his position of board account director on Vauxhall at Lowes last month, joins McCann-Erickson in September.
Hunton has been at Lowes for four years working on many of the agency's major accounts, including Smirnoff vodka and Weetabix. He has worked with the chief executive Tim Lindsay and the CEO of Lowe & Partners Europe and co-chairman of Lowe Howard- Spink, Jerry Judge for seven years, having also worked with them at Young & Rubicam in the early 90s. At Y&R, Hunton was best known for his work on Beamish, for which he was the board account director.
"I wasn't going to get a management role at Lowes and there were no other accounts I wanted to work on," Hunton said. "It will be a challenge to be part of the team at McCanns and to make my own impact on the agency."
Ben Langdon, the chief executive of McCanns, said: "When I heard Chris was leaving Lowes, I had to hire him. He's exactly what [executive creative director] Mike Court and I need here. He's one of the nicest blokes in the business and will help me bring on all the young talent we've now got in our agency."
Hunton's hiring comes at the same time as Langdon has promoted two group account directors -- David Boscawen and Rhian Mackenzie -- to become joint heads of account management.
Langdon added: "These two reflect the agency's desire to put young, dynamic and creatively orientated people at the centre of our management team."