David Miller, the ex-Miller and Leeves chairman, and Ogilvy and Mather’s
regional client service director on Ford Europe, has been moved off the
pounds 250 million account following a top-level reshuffle.
However, O&M has moved quickly to quash speculation that Miller has left
the company, despite the fact that a number of insiders have told
Campaign they have not seen him for some weeks.
Miller is also the chairman of O&M Direct, but it is unclear whether he
will continue in this role. He was appointed to the position last year
in a move which, sources suggest, was designed to strengthen O&M’s
claims on Ford’s lucrative below-the-line account, currently held by
Young and Rubicam’s Wunderman Cato Johnson.
In a statement, O&M confirmed Miller had been shifted off the Ford
account after two years. The agency would not be drawn on his future
role, saying only that his new position was to be announced ‘later’.
Miller’s position on Ford has been taken by Jack Reed, who will report
directly to Kelly O’Dea, the worldwide client service president of O&M,
and Mike Walsh, the agency’s European chief executive. Reed, who has
been with the company for more than 20 years, has been named regional
director, worldwide client service.
For the past two years, he has been based in Europe as worldwide client
service director on Kraft.
Miller joined O&M in 1994 to head the Ford Europe account as part of a
top management restructure, having been lured to the role by O’Dea.
Before that, he was chairman of his own company, Miller and Leeves, but
left in 1992 when the agency was sold to BDDP.
Miller’s previous roles have included a stint at Young and Rubicam as
Miller and O’Dea were unavailable for comment as Campaign went to press.