Sammy Harari quits advertising months after Travis merger

Sammy Harari is to leave Travis Sully Harari in March, only six months after becoming the chairman of the newly merged agency.

Sammy Harari is to leave Travis Sully Harari in March, only six

months after becoming the chairman of the newly merged agency.



Harari will not be replaced and is planning to go travelling for a year

while he considers his options. He will not go back to the agency when

he returns.



’I am cutting all my links with Travis Sully Harari,’ he said. ’I have

been thinking about taking some time off for a few years, but I wanted

to make sure that the Harari Page staff and clients had settled down in

the new agency.’



Dentsu, the Japanese agency giant, acquired Harari Page last September

to bolster its UK presence and merged it with its UK subsidiary, Travis

Sennett Sully Ross. Under the terms of the acquisition, the new agency

will be able to keep the Harari name for two years despite Harari’s

departure.



’From the moment we started to talk, there was always the possibility

that he might take his gap-year. So though it is disappointing, it is

not a shock,’ Peter Travis, the chief executive of Travis Sully Harari,

said.



The agency has claimed billings of pounds 40 million and a client list

that includes Dell Computers, Harvey Nichols, Aquascutum, Yakult and the

Spectator.



Harari set up Harari Page



in 1990 with the former Yellowhammer creative director, Alan Page, and

the designer, Richard Moon. He was previously the managing director of

TBWA.



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