WCJ Europe’s president resigns after 18 years’ service

Helmut Matthies, the president of Wunderman Cato Johnson Europe, has quit after 18 years at the agency.

Helmut Matthies, the president of Wunderman Cato Johnson Europe,

has quit after 18 years at the agency.

The announcement came amid speculation that the relationship between

Matthies and WCJ Worldwide’s management had become strained - though

both sides declared the split was amicable. It is not known if Matthies

has lined up another job.

He was appointed to his present post, based in Frankfurt, in 1995, and a

statement prepared by WCJ said that he will remain there and ’work

towards an orderly transition of responsibilities, at least until the

end of this year’.

Jay Bingle, the worldwide chairman of WCJ, said: ’His resignation has

been accepted unwillingly and with much regret. Helmut led WCJ in Europe

to one of the biggest success stories ever in our industry, and his

abilities are unquestionably among the greatest in the business.’

Charles Webre, the creative director of WCJ London, added: ’The most

valuable thing about Helmut is that he was a true entrepreneur within a

large organisation. He wasn’t a corporate man following a corporate

pattern; he ran the company as if it were his own. He was constantly

pushing and driving, and moved things forward a great deal.’

Matthies moved Webre into the London agency following the departures at

the beginning of the year of Steve Aldridge, the creative director, and

John Shaw, the managing director (Campaign, 16 and 23 January). At the

time, Shaw cited a disagreement over policy with Matthies as one of his

reasons for leaving.


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