McCann-Erickson has lured Nick Wright from Bates UK to handle the
day-to-day running of its London agency alongside Chris Hunton,
previously assistant managing director.
The two will become joint managing directors of McCann-Erickson in
London as part of a major management restructure intended to free the
chairman and chief executive, Ben Langdon, from the day-to-day running
of the agency, which has always been seen as being centralised around
The move follows Langdon’s promotion to run the McCann-Erickson UK group
As part of the restructure, McCann-Erickson has also hired Peter Davies,
the former regional director of D’Arcy in the Middle East, to take
charge of its international clients. Davies takes the title of deputy
chairman/chief executive of the London agency.
’This should enable me to spend the same amount of time as I do in
London trying to win business for the UK group as a whole,’ Langdon
said. ’At the same time, there’s no way I could leave London alone as
it’s so important to the group as a whole. Having managing directors
that I know and trust allows me to be as involved as I need to be.’
Both joint managing directors have previously worked as number two to
Langdon: Wright during his time as assistant managing director at CDP
and Hunton since his arrival at McCann-Erickson from Lowe Lintas &
Partners two years ago.
’Nick is a great thinker and organiser who knows how to make a business
quick on its feet,’ said Langdon of Wright, who joined Bates from a
position as commercial director at Oxford United.
’As for Chris Hunton, he’s one of the most successful, people-oriented
account guys in the business.’
Davies, who was previously based in Dubai, will take responsibility for
running McCann’s London-based multinational accounts, which include
Microsoft, Motorola and RJ Reynolds. The London agency’s restructure
will also see Barry Richards expand his role as commercial director
following the resignation of the finance director Jamie Hewitt.