NEWS: WCRS raids shops for staff’

WCRS has started the new year by making a clutch of hirings after raiding Leo Burnett, BMP DDB Needham and Grey for new staff.

WCRS has started the new year by making a clutch of hirings after

raiding Leo Burnett, BMP DDB Needham and Grey for new staff.

The agency has tapped Burnetts’ experience in the car market with the

appointment of the award-winning creative team, Nick Kidney and Kevin

Stark. The pair, who will handle the BMW account at WCRS, picked up a

Campaign press silver last year for their work on Burnetts’

upmarket car marque, Mercedes Benz.

The copywriter, Kidney, and his art director, Stark, worked at Burnetts

for four years. It was there that they first met WCRS’s managing

director, Steve Woodford, who at the time was head of account

management. Before that, the pair cut their advertising teeth at Bates

Dorland, where they worked on the Land Rover and Heinz Ketchup accounts.

Larry Barker, joint creative director of WCRS, explained the

appointment: ‘Nick and Kevin bring a lot of experience and enthusiasm

with them. They’re exactly the kind of people who will do well at WCRS,

and we can’t wait for them to join.’

Their arrival coincides with the appointment of BMP’s Anna Hutson as a

senior planner within WCRS’s planning department.

At the same time, Jeremy Whitehead has been poached from Grey to become

group account director on the First Direct, Sara Lee, Lunn Poly and Our

Price businesses.

Woodford commented: ‘These are all people we’ve wanted to hire for some

time, and they’ve all got excellent track records, which I’m sure

they’ll build on at WCRS.’


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