June 1980 Gold Greenlees Trott launched by partners, Mike
Greenlees, Mike Gold and Dave Trott.
August 1985 pounds 35 million billings. Building reputation as one of
the 80s most creative shops with campaigns for Holsten Pils, Toshiba,
Pilkington and Ariston.
March 1986 Floats on London Stock Exchange, issuing three million shares
offering 34.6 per cent of company.
August 1987 Jim Kelly named as managing director.
May 1988 Begins period of acquisition, buying US outfit, Babbit &
Reiman, and UK shop, Bowden, Dyble & Hayes six months later.
July 1988 Former agency deputy chairman, Paul Simons, surfaces five
months after leaving GGT to launch Simons Palmer Denton Clemmow and
Johnson with fellow GGT staffers, Carl Johnson and Simon Clemmow. Agency
replenishes management with Stevie Spring as first new-business director
and George Michaelides as deputy media director.
July 1989 Dave Waters and Paul Grubb leave to launch Duckworth Finn
June 1990 Dave Trott ousted as creative head, replaced by Tim Mellors
from Publicis. Trott attempts unsuccessfully to buy back his name.
Graham Fink joins as deputy creative director.
1991 Agency surprises industry by keeping Toshiba and Holsten Pils in
wake of Trott’s departure and wins additional accounts, including KP and
September 1992 Stevie Spring leaves for a management consultancy.
June 1993 Forms joint venture with GGK to gain foothold in Europe.
Discussions about merging agencies in London fail.
August 1993 Jim Kelly leaves after 12 years to set up Rainey Kelly
January 1994 Takes minority stake in some GGK European agencies under
new chairman, Mike Gold.
March 1994 Talks about merging GGT and Young & Rubicam in London
May 1994 GGT links with CIA to form Media Solutions Group.
July 1994 Mike Gold leaves. September 1996 GGT group buys French BDDP
network in complex pounds 105 million deal, making it the world’s 13th
biggest agency network. Also acquires BDDP’s interest in BST-BDDP.
December 1996 Joint creative director, Robert Saville, leaves to launch
May 1997 GGT European chief executive, Jan Hall, is made redundant.
April 1997 Trevor Beattie joins to be creative director with Jay
Pond-Jones. Pond-Jones leaves in May to team up with Saville at Mother.