NEWS: JWT nets Iles for top art job

J. Walter Thompson has recruited Jonathan Iles, the former creative director of BST-BDDP, as a creative group head and senior art director.

J. Walter Thompson has recruited Jonathan Iles, the former creative

director of BST-BDDP, as a creative group head and senior art director.



Iles, 41, who joins the agency this week, will partner the creative

group head and TV copywriter, Ian Hutton, who recently separated from

his partner of three years, Dave Woodall. Woodall is now working with

another writer.



Iles, who resigned from BST last month (Campaign, 5 January), said he

had originally intended to work abroad. The JWT job, he explained, was

too good an opportunity to miss. ‘This is a chance to do lots more TV. I

was brought up in a big agency and am happy to be back in one because of

the back-up available.’



He added: ‘When you are a creative director you are always one step away

from actually doing the work, so it’s nice to be doing ads again.’



Jaspar Shelbourne, JWT’s creative director, said: ‘I am enormously happy

that Jon is joining us. He has a long track record of excellent work and

he is perfect casting to work with Ian Hutton.’



Shelbourne has also hired Geoff Cousins, the former Lowe Howard-Spink

copywriter who resigned suddenly last year, as a partner for the art

director, Dawn Heuston.



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