O&M promotes eight to new creative post

Patrick Collister, Ogilvy & Mather’s executive creative director, has promoted eight senior creatives to the new title of creative group head.

Patrick Collister, Ogilvy & Mather’s executive creative director,

has promoted eight senior creatives to the new title of creative group

head.



The move follows the departures this week of the deputy creative

director, Leon Jaume, to join WCRS, and the creative director on Ford,

Billy Mawhinney, to join Euro RSCG Wnek Gosper.



In addition to the clutch of promotions, Collister is planning to make a

more senior hiring. Malcolm Gaskin, the former creative partner of

Woollams Moira Gaskin O’Malley and veteran art director, is freelancing

in the department on Ford.



Collister said: ’It’s great to have someone around who has run his own

agency and spent the last year in the agencies of London. He has a real

fix on how those agencies work and how we can work better. He will be

here for the foreseeable future.’



The group heads are Sally Bargman and Nicola Gill, who have created

campaigns for Bupa and the Observer; Mick French and Henry Rossiter, who

work on Ford and have created numerous ads for the Escort; Karen

Hagemann and Jeanette Tyson, who work on Eagle Star and Persona; and

Mike Barker and Mark Fairbanks, who work on Severn Trent and

Warburtons.



The title gives the four teams the authority to sign off creative briefs

and presentation work for clients. The role sits below that of creative

director, which is held by senior teams including Clive Yaxley and Jerry

Green, Marcus Vinton and Alun Howell, and David Ryland and John

Bayley.



Collister said: ’We are recognising the fact that all those teams have

been with the agency for at least six years and have contributed hugely

to the internal working of the company as well as being fantastic

representatives.’



O&M was hit in January by the surprise resignations of Jaume and

Mawhinney, who quit on the same day (Campaign, 23 January). Jaume is

joining WCRS as joint creative director, while Mawhinney joins Euro RSCG

as the creative director on its Citroen business.



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