McCanns Euro boss Malcolm Miles dies after cancer battle

Malcolm Miles, the former chairman of McCann-Erickson London, has died at the age of 51 after a year-long battle against cancer.

Malcolm Miles, the former chairman of McCann-Erickson London, has

died at the age of 51 after a year-long battle against cancer.

His death last Thursday at a hospice near his home in Surrey followed an

extensive course of chemotherapy, which he had been undergoing since he

stopped working three months ago.

At the time, he had been running the McCanns operations in Eastern

Europe and the Middle East and had played a key role in establishing new

agencies in the former Iron Curtain countries.

David Warden, the McCann UK chairman, this week described Miles as ’a

true gentleman of the old school who would walk through walls for his


Miles was a long-term McCann staffer, having joined the network in


He was client services director of the London agency and became managing

director in 1985.

In a management reshuffle in the summer of 1988 he was promoted to UK

chairman with responsibility for managing eight regional McCann


The following year, he took on extra responsibilities in the newly

created post of head of McCann Direct Europe. He was appointed to a new

worldwide management board in January 1995.

Miles was a member of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising’s

council from 1989 to 1996 and chairman of its membership committee.

’Malcolm was one of the few people who knew the London and regional

agency scenes equally well and was a pivotal player for us,’ Nick

Phillips, the IPA’s director general, said.

A private funeral will be followed by a memorial service within the next

three weeks.

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