Williams moves up to managing director role in OMD restructure

Steve Williams, a managing partner of OMD UK, has been promoted to

managing director of the agency as part of an ongoing restructure of the

office in London and its European network.



Williams, who has been with the agency for more than ten years, is

filling a position held by Paul Taylor until early last year. Taylor was

promoted to chief executive last March following BMP OMD's relaunch as

the lead agency within OMD's network.



Williams takes up the position with immediate effect. Aside from being

managing partner, he was formerly the head of the agency's TV buying

division with Ian Lomas.



Taylor said: 'Effective succession management is an OMD hallmark. I've

worked with Steve here for ten years and his drive and enthusiasm will

provide a superb springboard for the future.'



Williams added: 'The scope and opportunity at OMD has always been

considerable. Having the opportunity to take on this position comes at

an exciting time, as we move in line with the development of OMD Europe.

I will be reappraising the stage of our development in response to our

changing network.'



Last year, following his appointment as a managing partner, Williams'

role shifted away from television buying towards developing new business

and working on key clients such as Nestle, British Gas and Gillette.



His appointment follows swiftly on the heels of Lomas's promotion to the

head of client operations across OMD Europe (Campaign, 27 April).



Colin Gottlieb, the chief executive of OMD Europe, is looking to

establish a number of category champions who will focus on key

disciplines across the group.



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