NEWS: Lynch-Robinson,78, war hero and boss of Leo Burnett, dies

Sir Niall Lynch-Robinson, the first chairman of Leo Burnett in London, has died at the age of 78.

Sir Niall Lynch-Robinson, the first chairman of Leo Burnett in London,

has died at the age of 78.



Lynch-Robinson headed the UK office from its start in 1969, when the

London Press Exchange was bought by the Chicago agency, Leo Burnett,

until he retired in 1978.



During that time, the company originated such memorable campaigns as

‘Double Diamond works wonders’.



His career began by selling ad space at the Times until, in 1939, he was

commissioned by the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve. His war record

includes receiving a Distinguished Service Cross and a Croix de Guerre.



After the war he returned to the Times before switching to the creative

side with a move to the London Press Exchange.



‘His wisdom, compassion, concern and even-handedness made him one of the

best chairmen any company ever had,’ said Bob Stanners, who was creative

director at Burnetts under Lynch-Robinson.



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