US-born founder of Publicis in UK loses heart surgery fight

John McCormick, who founded the agency which became the London office of Publicis, has died at the age of 74. His death on Monday followed heart surgery at the Papworth hospital in Cambridge.

John McCormick, who founded the agency which became the London

office of Publicis, has died at the age of 74. His death on Monday

followed heart surgery at the Papworth hospital in Cambridge.



A Boston-born American, McCormick, a former international marketing

director for BBDO in the UK, was a co-founder of McCormick Richards in

1972, which he turned into one of Britain’s fastest-growing shops. It

became the London arm of the Publicis network in 1978 and McCormick

served as UK chairman before going on to run the Mallet McCormick

agency, which was partly owned by Publicis.



His funeral will take place on Monday at 2pm in the parish church of

McCormick’s home village of Dunwich, Suffolk. Former colleagues are

welcome to attend.



His family have requested no flowers but donations to the Papworth

critical care unit. For more information call Mike Brugman at Publicis

on 0171-935 4426.



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