President of Wunderman Cato Johnson Europe resigns

Helmut Matthies, the president of Wunderman Cato Johnson Europe, has resigned after 18 years with the company. The announcement came amid speculation that the relationship between Matthies and WCJ Worldwide's management had come into difficulties, though both sides declared that the split was amicable. It is not known if Matthies has lined up another job. Matthies was appointed to his present post, based in Frankfurt, in 1995, and a statement prepared by WCJ said that he will remain there and "work towards an orderly transition of responsibilities, at least until the end of this year." Jay Bingle, the worldwide chairman of WCJ, said: "His resignation has been accepted unwillingly and with much regret. Helmut led WCJ in Europe to one of the biggest success stories ever in our industry, and his abilities are unquestionably among the greatest in the business." Charles Webre, the creative director of WCJ London, added: "The most valuable thing about Helmut is that he was a true entrepreneur within a large organisation. He wasn't a corporate man following a corporate pattern; he ran the company as if it were his own. He was constantly pushing and driving, and moved things forward a great deal." Matthies moved Webre into the London agency following the departures at the beginning of the year of Steve Aldridge, the creative director, and John Shaw, the managing director (Campaign, 16 and 23 January). Shaw at the time cited a disagreement over policy with Matthies as one of his reasons for leaving.

Helmut Matthies, the president of Wunderman Cato Johnson Europe, has resigned after 18 years with the company. The announcement came amid speculation that the relationship between Matthies and WCJ Worldwide's management had come into difficulties, though both sides declared that the split was amicable. It is not known if Matthies has lined up another job. Matthies was appointed to his present post, based in Frankfurt, in 1995, and a statement prepared by WCJ said that he will remain there and "work towards an orderly transition of responsibilities, at least until the end of this year." Jay Bingle, the worldwide chairman of WCJ, said: "His resignation has been accepted unwillingly and with much regret. Helmut led WCJ in Europe to one of the biggest success stories ever in our industry, and his abilities are unquestionably among the greatest in the business." Charles Webre, the creative director of WCJ London, added: "The most valuable thing about Helmut is that he was a true entrepreneur within a large organisation. He wasn't a corporate man following a corporate pattern; he ran the company as if it were his own. He was constantly pushing and driving, and moved things forward a great deal." Matthies moved Webre into the London agency following the departures at the beginning of the year of Steve Aldridge, the creative director, and John Shaw, the managing director (Campaign, 16 and 23 January). Shaw at the time cited a disagreement over policy with Matthies as one of his reasons for leaving.



Topics

Become a member of Campaign from just £46 a quarter

Get the very latest news and insight from Campaign with unrestricted access to campaignlive.co.uk plus get exclusive discounts to Campaign events

Looking for a new job?

Get the latest creative jobs in advertising, media, marketing and digital delivered directly to your inbox each day.

Create an Alert Now

Partner content

Share

1 Job description: Digital marketing executive

Digital marketing executives oversee the online marketing strategy for their organisation. They plan and execute digital (including email) marketing campaigns and design, maintain and supply content for the organisation's website(s).