McCanns hires Lowes’ Chris Hunton

McCann-Erickson has recruited a deputy managing director to replace Rae Burden, who left the agency to be the UDV worldwide account director at Lowe Howard-Spink earlier this year (Campaign, 14 May).

McCann-Erickson has recruited a deputy managing director to replace

Rae Burden, who left the agency to be the UDV worldwide account director

at Lowe Howard-Spink earlier this year (Campaign, 14 May).



Chris Hunton, who resigned as board account director on Vauxhall at

Lowes last month, joins McCanns in September.



Hunton has been at Lowes for four years working on accounts including

Smirnoff and Weetabix. He has worked with the chief executive, Tim

Lindsay, and the chief executive of Lowe & Partners Europe and

co-chairman of Lowe Howard-Spink, Jerry Judge, for seven years, spanning

both Lowes and Young & Rubicam. At Y&R, Hunton was best known for his

work on Beamish for which he was 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 one of the nicest blokes in

the business and will help me bring on all the young talent we’ve got in

our agency.’



Hunton’s hiring comes at the same time as Langdon’s promotion of two

group account directors, David Boscawen and Rhian Mac-kenzie, to become

joint heads of account management.



Langdon added: ’These two moves reflect the agency’s desire to put

young, dynamic and creatively orientated people at the centre of our

management team.’



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