Ogilvy hires Dunn as creative leader

Ogilvy & Mather has appointed the acclaimed art director, Steve Dunn, as joint executive creative director, ending the first stage in a prolonged search for a creative chief.

Ogilvy & Mather has appointed the acclaimed art director, Steve

Dunn, as joint executive creative director, ending the first stage in a

prolonged search for a creative chief.



Dunn, 39, has been freelancing since he left Lowe Howard-Spink two years

ago, where he was the head of art. His subsequent plan to launch a

start-up did not come to fruition. Before joining Lowe, he spent a year

at Wieden & Kennedy in Portland, Oregon, working as the creative

director on the Nike account.



Dunn, who is famously uncompromising in his creative standards, produced

some of his most awarded work during the 11 years that he spent at

Leagas Delaney, where he partnered the creative director, Tim

Delaney.



There, he worked on clients including Adidas, Nationwide, The Guardian,

Punch, Timberland and Harrods, and rose to the position of deputy

creative director and head of art.



Paul Simons, chairman of Ogilvy, began to look for a creative director

soon after he joined the agency in the spring.



The original plan was for the new creative head to work under the

agency’s executive creative director and vice-chairman, Patrick

Collister, who would take a back seat. But Collister now plans to leave

at the end of the year to set up a creative training centre and the

agency is looking for a copywriter to partner Dunn and share the

creative directorship.



Simons said: ’The reason it has taken such a long time to fill this

position is that I’ve been searching for an impossible dream. I need

someone with energy, who will enforce high standards, but also some- one

who is mature enough to know that you can’t just wave a magic wand to

get what you want.



So it’s about balance.



’Steve has got very high standards, and as he’s matured he has become

more grown-up as to what he can and can’t do.’



Simons is known to have talked to a number of senior London creatives

about the job over the past few months.



The agency is still encountering reluctance from potential employees

because of its location in Canary Wharf.



Dunn began his career at BMP DDB in 1979 under the creative directorship

of Dave Trott. He remained there until 1982, when he moved to Leagas

Delaney.



Perspective, p2 Newsmaker, p20.



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