NEWS: Outside candidate is likely to succeed Grime

Leagas Shafron Davis is expected to pick an outsider to fill the creative director’s job vacated by Steve Grime (Campaign, last week).

Leagas Shafron Davis is expected to pick an outsider to fill the

creative director’s job vacated by Steve Grime (Campaign, last week).



Rob Janowski, Grime’s deputy, will take temporary charge of the agency’s

five creative teams after Grime leaves to join Mitchell Patterson Aldred

Mitchell.



Ron Leagas, the chairman of Leagas Shafron, said: ‘Although Rob has

terrific craft and leadership skills, he isn’t a natural front man.’



Grime is currently negotiating a leaving date from Leagas Shafron to

become a creative partner and substantial equity holder in Mitchell

Patterson, which is changing its name to Mitchell Patterson Grime

Mitchell.



Leagas Shafron has known for some time that Grime, its creative chief of

four years’ standing, was leaving, but its clients weren’t told until

last Wednesday.



Leagas said: ‘Fortunately, we’ve had a chance to set some plans in

motion. It’s also given us the chance to consider how we might

restructure ourselves creatively and that’s something we’ll be

consulting with Rob about. Even an enforced change can sometimes be for

the better.’



The agency says it has been flooded with enquiries since news broke of

Grime’s departure. But Leagas stressed that an important requirement was

that the new creative director would be good enough to become a key

member of the next generation of senior management.



The change of creative leadership comes at a particularly sensitive time

for the agency, which faces a possible repitch for its Sun Alliance

business following the company’s merger with Royal Insurance.



Leagas said: ‘When an agency is being reviewed by an existing client, a

balance between consistency and change is probably the ideal.’



Newsmaker, p17



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