BJK&E Media has made Richard Parsons and Michele Votta directors of
The pair now sit alongside managing director Mark Patterson, James
Jennings, and Tim Irwin, who has been a member of the BJK&E board since
joining in October last year.
Parsons, 27, arrived at BJK&E in 1998 as media group head and was promoted
to associate director in early 1999.
He started out in media as a TV buyer for Ogilvy & Mather, where he worked
with Patterson on the Ford account before switching to CIA Medianetwork,
and then WCRS (now Media Planning).
At BJK&E, he oversees the Greene King, BigSave.com, Jamaica Tourist Board
and Save & Prosper accounts.
Votta, 34, who heads the agency’s technology and international arm BJK&E
@dvance, joined the company from MediaCom Argentina earlier this
He was previously group account director at CIA International and account
director at DMB&B International. He has ten years’ experience working on
accounts such as Microsoft, Mars, Procter & Gamble, Budget Rent a Car and
At BJK&E, Votta looks after Fujitsu, Unisys, Nortel Networks and the
international brief for FT.com.
Irwin, 38, has 16 years’ media experience. He was formerly a media
director at RPM3, Yellowhammer and Generator. His main account is
The board appointments have been made to cope with an influx of new
business, including Mercedes media planning, Sporting Life.com, FT
MarketWatch and most recently, the strategic planning for COI Stakeholder
Pensions, which is due to launch in 2001 with an investment of pounds 8
BJK&E’s billings for 2000 will exceed pounds 100 million - a threefold
increase since 1997.
’All three appointments are a reflection of the growth of BJK&E and our
desire to create a tight, strong, high quality management team to maintain
our growth curve,’ said Patterson. ’These guys are real company directors
responsible to shareholders. They are not vacuous titles for a showpiece
He added: ’Richard Parsons continues to achieve beyond his years. He is a
terrific all rounder, a rare commodity among the new breed of media
’Michele has a great track record in International Media and has received
great reviews from his previous agencies and media owners.’