NEWS: Chris Harris quits APL to take top BBH post

Chris Harris, the chief operating officer and group account director of Ammirati Puris Lintas, is joining Bartle Bogle Hegarty in a senior management role.

Chris Harris, the chief operating officer and group account director of

Ammirati Puris Lintas, is joining Bartle Bogle Hegarty in a senior

management role.



Harris, a former head of account management at BBH, will become one of

the agency’s seven ‘management representatives’. Management

representatives - soon to be called team leaders - are designed to

relieve BBH’s founding partners of some of their responsibility under a

new structure to be unveiled in time for the agency’s move from Great

Pulteney Street to Kingly Street in May.



His return follows the appointment of Julian Martin, one of the original

founders of Chiat Day’s London office, as a management representative

last month.



John Bartle, BBH’s joint chief executive, confirmed that Harris is

rejoining the agency but declined to discuss the details of his job.

‘Chris was great when he was here and I couldn’t be more pleased that he

has decided to return,’ he added.



Harris said the decision to rejoin BBH had nothing to do with the

changes following the merger of S. P. Lintas and Lintas i last year:

‘I’ve had a very happy time at Lintas, but I was never happier than when

I was at BBH. There are very exciting things happening there and I am

very lucky to have been invited back.’



Harris began his career as a trainee at Unilever with Birds Eye Wall’s.

He left in 1983 to join Saatchi and Saatchi, and went to BBH in 1990,

rising to head of account management. In 1993, he moved to the Lowe

Group as head of client services. He joined S. P. Lintas in January 1995

as its first chief operating officer.



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