McCann's UK deputy chairman loses post

McCann-Erickson London's deputy chairman and chief executive, Peter

Davies, has been made redundant after a downturn in client expenditure

through the agency.

McCann London's chairman and chief executive, Ben Langdon, confirmed

that a decision had been made on Friday evening. 'We have seen some

downturns in expenditure from clients,' he said. 'We had to look at our

cost base. I am trying to find Peter a place within the McCann


Davies' departure comes one year after he was brought in from D'Arcy's

Dubai office to handle McCann's international clients.

His arrival came as part of a management reshuffle designed to free

Langdon to concentrate on the running of McCann's UK and Ireland group

of operations.

However, much of the day-to-day management of the London agency has

since been passed to Chris Hunton, who was appointed as the deputy chief

executive in February.

Hunton was replaced as joint managing director by McCann's former

business development director, Alex Ferguson.

Davies played a key role in the handling of McCann-Erickson's worldwide

Reckitt Benckiser business. He will be replaced on the business by the

senior account director Viv Clarke.


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