Partners BDDH set to recruit staff after new-business wins

Partners BDDH has started a recruitment drive after securing new-business gains of nearly pounds 15 million this year.

Partners BDDH has started a recruitment drive after securing

new-business gains of nearly pounds 15 million this year.



The agency, formerly known as Butterfield Day Devito Hockney, has

already taken on an account team to work on Wesleyan Financial Services,

whose business it picked up last month.



Kit Lansdell, the incoming account director, will join the agency from

Grey, where he was the account director on the Allied Dunbar business

and the Danone account. Lansdell will join Partners BDDH on Monday, to

take over responsibility for the Wesleyan and Sainsbury’s Savacentre

tasks.



Olivia Hannah will join Lansdell from FCB, working as an account manager

on Wesleyan and BT IMS, BT’s interactive account, which BDDH won in

July.



Robert Smith, BDDH’s business development director, said: ’We have spent

a lot of time trying to find people to fit in with our partnership

culture.



Both Kit and Olivia have worked on big brands and for integrated

campaigns.’



At least two more account handlers, a planner and more creative staff

are expected to be hired as the recruitment drive takes off. It follows

wins including the pounds 9 million Mercedes-Benz gain in January and

the pounds 10 million Co-operative Wholesale Society win recently

(Campaign, 21 November). It lost the BT Business brief to Abbott Mead

Vickers BBDO in April.



BDDH landed the Wesleyan account (Campaign, 14 November) after a pitch

in conjunction with the direct marketing agency, Brann. Media was picked

up by MSc, the joint venture between BDDH and New PHD. Budgets are

unconfirmed, but are expected to top pounds 8 million, to be split

evenly above and below the line.



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