Rupert Howell to be IPA president

Rupert Howell - one of Britain’s most high-profile agency chiefs - is the president-elect of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising.

Rupert Howell - one of Britain’s most high-profile agency chiefs -

is the president-elect of the Institute of Practitioners in

Advertising.



The HHCL & Partners chairman and founding partner will take over the

reins from Graham Hinton, the Bates Dorland chairman, when his two-year

tenure ends in April.



Howell, a publicity-conscious and a much-quoted commentator on

advertising affairs, was formally adopted as the agency body’s candidate

for front man by the IPA council last week.



Nick Phillips, the IPA’s director-general, said: ’Rupert not only has

tremendous energy but has a huge record of success in winning new

business at Young & Rubicam and at his own agency. He also has a

wonderful range of contacts in the advertising business and beyond.’



Howell’s move to the forefront of industry affairs comes a year after

HHCL merged with Sir Tim Bell’s publicly listed Chime Communications,

making millionaires of Howell and his four other founding partners.



His nomination coincides with that of Adrian Vickers, the Abbott Mead

Vickers BBDO founding partner, as the IPA’s honourary secretary and the

president’s unofficial deputy.



At 41, Howell will be one of the youngest presidents in the IPA’s

history and his appointment is seen as part of a concerted effort to

present a younger and more vigorous front by the organisation.



Howell said: ’There’s a lot of change going on in the industry and my

peers seem to think of me as someone capable of managing that

change.’



Howell’s presidency will see the IPA through the millennium period. He

will have to contend with a number of ongoing issues, including

promoting the value of advertising to clients, the regulation of new

media and the lingering dispute with Equity, the actors’ union.



Howell has been actively involved in the IPA for the past six years and

is a member of its ’inner cabinet’ - the president’s committee. He was

recently part of an IPA delegation that travelled to New Zealand.



’With half our membership outside London, it’s good that Rupert is well

known to our Midlands, Northern and Scottish branches, all of which have

had presentations from him,’ Phillips added. ’He is very committed to

the IPA’s broad church.’



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