TBWA sees staff changes at helm

TBWA GGT Simons Palmer has promoted its managing director, Neil Christie, to the new role of chief operating officer, allowing the managing partners, Johnny Hornby and Garry Lace, to take up joint managing director positions.

TBWA GGT Simons Palmer has promoted its managing director, Neil

Christie, to the new role of chief operating officer, allowing the

managing partners, Johnny Hornby and Garry Lace, to take up joint

managing director positions.



The changes have been initiated by Simon Clemmow, the former executive

planning director, who was promoted to the position of chief executive

at the end of last year.



The promotions result in a new management team in charge of the agency,

consisting of the group chairman, Paul Bainsfair, Clemmow, Christie,

Hornby, Lace and Trevor Beattie, the executive creative director.



’This is a reflection of the fact that in the first two months of this

year, we have put on as much new business as we did all of last year,’

Christie said.



Christie, who was poached by the agency in 1992 from Bartle Bogle

Hegarty to take charge of TBWA’s Nissan business, was promoted to head

of account management and then made managing director in 1998.



He relinquished responsibility for the agency’s biggest account to

Hornby, a former Campaign ’Face to Watch’, who joined from CDP the same

year.



Hornby was client services director and headed CDP’s Honda account.



He was made one of the agency’s four managing partners in February last

year.



Lace was poached from Euro RSCG Wnek Gosper, where he was a senior board

director, to become the agency’s head of account management. He handles

Sony PlayStation and News International.



Lace is also chairman of the IPA, where he is involved in training and

development.



At the time of his appointment, it was announced that Clemmow would

concentrate on internal issues such as how it services its clients, with

Bainsfair, the former chairman and chief executive, now that he has less

time to concentrate on the Lon-don agency in his new group role.



Matt Shepherd-Smith has been promoted to head of account management.



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