Mark Tomblin, one of the four founding partners of Maher Bird
Associates, has parted company with the agency after falling out with
Stephen Maher, its managing director.
Maher has now become the chief executive, as the agency prepares for the
merger of its parent company, the Simons Palmer Group, with TBWA.
Tomblin, who was the agency’s planning director in a department of two
planners, previously worked at Leagas Delaney and WCRS.
Two candidates have been shortlisted to replace him, but the successful
applicant will not be made a partner.
Maher, who for legal reasons declined to explain Tomblin’s departure,
said: ’It was a decision we took - Mark was asked to leave and the move
has been finalised in the last couple of days.
People are parting but the aims of the company remain the same.’
The Simons Palmer/TBWA merger will have no direct impact on Maher Bird,
but Maher hopes that it may result in client introductions. He stressed:
’We will have to convince clients that we are worth talking to in our
The row with Tomblin is thought to have come to a head after two months
of disagreements, and clients were informed of his departure earlier
Maher added: ’The business is bigger than one person. These things are
never straightforward but this agency has a life of its own.’