BMP DDB is bolstering its senior management line-up with the
promotion of the joint managing directors, Ross Barr and Chris Cowpe, to
joint chief executives. Jorian Murray, the agency's client services
director, steps up to the managing director role.
Murray will report directly to Barr and Cowpe. Chris Powell remains the
chairman of the agency.
The position of chief executive has been vacant since Powell moved up to
become the chairman two years ago. Barr and Cowpe's elevation will mean
that they have more time to work across their roles in new business and
Murray's role will be to focus on the agency's client and internal
He will also continue to head the Volkswagen account.
Cowpe and Barr have both been at BMP since 1972. Barr joined the board
in 1978 and became joint planning director in 1985. Cowpe was head of
account planning and account management before being promoted to joint
managing director, alongside Barr, in 1990.
Murray started his advertising career at Publicis in 1988, being
promoted to the board two years later. He joined BMP in 1992 as an
account director on VW, and was promoted to the board in 1993. Murray
turned down the chance to replace Simon Toaldo, WCRS's marketing
director, and was promoted to become the head of account management at
BMP in October 1997.
He became the client services director in August 2000. During his time
at the agency he has worked on accounts including Sony, the Labour
Party, Barclaycard and the National Dairy Council.
Murray said: "I'm absolutely thrilled at the prospect of managing so
much talent. I see the role as agency impresario; it's my job to make
sure that the conditions are right for us to continue to present and
produce the best ideas."
Barr added: "He's a very instinctive manager with a lot of energy who
mixes being challenging, but being calm and consensus-building, to
create strong relationships and results."