Carl Johnson

Carl Johnson

Founding partner and executive chairman

Anomaly

Contact me
  • 00191 7547 6826
  • CarlAnomaly
  • 25 Charterhouse Square, London, EC1M 6AE, United Kingdom
My Character:
  • Cultural alchemist
  • Legend
  • Powerful
Work email

carl@anomaly.com

Bye-bye the decade with no name. What are you relieved to draw a line under?

There is no line to be drawn. The issues will roll straight through. There is no "relieved". There are only issues to be dealt with and opportunities to be taken.

What’s your biggest hope for the decade ahead?

The return of widespread excitement, energy and optimism about the power and potential of our industry's collective creativity.

And what’s top of your professional to-do list for the 2020s?

We've done more than I even thought possible when we started. We've created businesses not just campaigns. We have an impossible "opportunity flow". We have a superb talent pool. We can grow to the extent we want. It's now time to turn our attention fully to London.

You have to job swap with someone in our industry for one month. Who would it be with and why?

Kerry Glazer at the AAR. I have always been incredibly intrigued about how everyone else pitches. Obviously I'd steal everything good.

Who is your best friend in the industry and why?

Undisclosed.

What do you think the Friday feeling is?

When there's nothing you MUST do, and everything you CAN do.

Who or what would you put into room 101 and why?

Excel. For the false objectivity, science and certainty it purports to provide. It's too often the crutch for those with no judgment.

If you could uninvent one piece of technology, what would you choose and why?

Undisclosed.

In the spirit of embracing failure… What has been your biggest screw-up?

Several partner-level hires across the world, when I let the fact I liked the person overshadow their ability to do the job.

What do you do to stay match fit?

Never stop playing.

What would be your darts walk-on music and why?

Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen. Impossibly energising, feels like I can take on anyone and the lyrics are painted across the entire wall of my office in NYC.

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