NEWS: GGT poaches Whyte from APL to fill role in business growth

GGT has hired Stephen Whyte, a former group account director at Ammirati Puris Lintas, to fill the new role of business development director.

GGT has hired Stephen Whyte, a former group account director at Ammirati

Puris Lintas, to fill the new role of business development director.



Whyte, who was also one of the co-founders of the through-the-line shop,

Aviator, joins on 9 April with a brief to energise business development

at GGT. This has recently been reorganised under GGT’s managing

director, Grant Duncan. The post includes a seat on the partners’

executive board.



Duncan called Whyte a ‘great catch’, and predicted he would initiate

‘intelligent, intriguing business development approaches - not hustling

or conference circuit glad-handing’. New business was previously handled

by Rosie Doggett, Duncan’s former joint deputy managing director, who

left the agency late last year.



Whyte first entered advertising through Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO,

joining as an account management trainee in 1985.



Four years later he left to set up Aviator with a former colleague, Mike

Turnbull, but left after a year to join Bruce Haines at Leagas Delaney.



In early 1993, Whyte moved on to join Still Price Lintas as a group

account director under Richard Hytner, the former chief executive. He

left the renamed Ammirati Puris Lintas last year, after differences with

the new management.



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