NEWS: Hartley gets Walsh Trott role

Dragana Hartley, who recently quit as the joint deputy managing director of Mellors Reay and Partners without a job to go to, has ended her five- month exile from the advertising business by joining Walsh Trott Chick Smith.

Dragana Hartley, who recently quit as the joint deputy managing director

of Mellors Reay and Partners without a job to go to, has ended her five-

month exile from the advertising business by joining Walsh Trott Chick

Smith.



She arrives with an as yet unspecified title to run some of the agency’s

newly acquired business, including the Sunday Express, Time Out and the

Principles chain. Hartley will also be involved with new-business

activity.



She is the first major hiring by the agency since Amanda Walsh’s arrival

14 months ago from WCRS to spearhead Walsh Trott’s relaunch.



The appointment formalises an ad hoc arrangement under which Hartley had

been working as a freelance for the agency for the last six weeks.



She resigned as the joint deputy managing director and head of client

services at Mellors Reay in December, ending a three-year association

and bringing to a close what is believed to have been a less than happy

time for her since the agency relaunched out of the former Reay Keating

Hamer at the beginning of last year.



Hartley said: ‘Walsh Trott is a ‘bullshit free zone’ where it’s possible

to work with experienced people who know what they’re doing.’



Walsh commented: ‘Dragana fits in with our growth plan of hiring few,

but highly experienced, people to work directly with clients.’



She is not only enthusiastic about advertising but has great strategic

experience and is rewarding to work with.’



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