NEWS: Lamb quits Abbott Mead to run global De Beers account at JWT

David Lamb, Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO’s board account director on its Sainsbury’s business, is joining J. Walter Thompson to run its global De Beers account.

David Lamb, Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO’s board account director on its

Sainsbury’s business, is joining J. Walter Thompson to run its global De

Beers account.



Lamb joined AMV from JWT less than two years ago to run its key

Sainsbury’s account alongside the deputy chairman, Adrian Vickers.



Lamb, 34, rejoins JWT in the new year and will be based in London,

reporting directly to Chris Jones, JWT’s co-president, who previously

managed the work globally.



Jones said: ‘Increasingly, we are regarding our worldwide client

relationships as operating units in their own right. Therefore, we are

not just looking for the best account management talent but the best

management talent in general. David is one of the nicest and cleverest

people in advertising and his talents deserve a world stage.’



Lamb said: ‘I had a fantastic time at AMV but now I’m going for a career

looking across more than one market. There are huge cultural differences

around the world and there is a real chance to develop the ‘shadows’

idea and make it even more successful.’



He started his career in 1984 as a graduate trainee at JWT London. In

1986, he moved to JWT Toronto, where he worked as an account supervisor

on Lever. He returned to JWT London in 1987, eventually becoming

director-in-charge on the entire Kellogg’s business. He was one of

Campaign’s ‘Faces to Watch’ in 1989.



Lamb’s appointment comes two months after JWT landed De Beers’ US

account, worth dollars 47 million (Campaign, 8 September). The win

consolidated the gem and diamond giant’s global account with the

agency.,



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