Stephens to take on management role as new MD at Rapier

Rapier has poached Ben Stephens, the joint chief executive of Tequila Payne Stracey, to become its managing director.

Rapier has poached Ben Stephens, the joint chief executive of

Tequila Payne Stracey, to become its managing director.



Stephens will be Rapier’s first managing director since Simon Toaldo

left last January to join Partners BDDH. After his departure, a senior

management team was put in place, headed by Jonathan Stead, chief

executive and co-founder of Rapier. The arrival of Stephens will see

much of the day-to-day responsibilities handed to him from Stead.



’We are working on a number of new ventures which are taking up a lot of

my time, therefore I need to hand over some general management and

client responsibilities,’ Stead explained.



Stephens’ departure still leaves Tequila with one chief executive, Jane

Asscher, who shared the job with him. Apart from deputy chairman, Andrew

Stracey, however, there are none of the original Payne Stacey senior

managers left; planning director, Phil Cragg, creative director, Mike

Cavers, and joint chairman and chief executive, David Payne, all

resigned last year.



Stephens has been with the TBWA group for six years, starting at TBWA

Direct, and has gone through two back-to-back mergers, first with Payne

Stracey and then with Tequila.



He said: ’Within the TBWA group, I’ve gone from a three-person agency to

a 210-person one, which has taught me a fantastic amount. It’s now time

to take that learning elsewhere and, looking at Rapier from the outside,

I respect its distinctive approach to its clients’ business. My gut

instinct is that the chemistry with the management team will be very

good.’



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