Bruce Haines and Tim Delaney split

Bruce Haines is quitting Leagas Delaney in a surprise move, ending a 15-year partnership with Tim Delaney.

Haines, the agency's chairman, is leaving with no job to go to after

months of discussion which culminated in a terse statement issued on

Wednesday.

It read: "Bruce Haines is to leave Leagas Delaney after mutually

agreeing that there wasn't a meaningful or satisfying role, now that the

agencies in Paris, Rome, Hamburg and San Francisco have been

successfully established in their local markets."

Delaney stated: "I have worked closely with Bruce on and off for the

past 15 years - I have valued his contribution on both a professional

and personal level and wish him well for the future, particularly in his

role at the IPA."

Haines' exit will not necessarily pave the way for the appointment of a

new chairman. Delaney said: "Titles do not matter to me but a new

chairman, if appointed, will come from within the company."

Haines said: "I look back on my time at the agency with pride. I've

worked with some of the best agency people and clients in the business

and I look forward to taking up another challenge as fulfilling."

Leagas Delaney's expansion plans were put on hold in June this year

following the collapse of its proposed take-over by the Canadian

marketing services group Envoy Communications. Leagas Delaney's largest client, Adidas, is seeking a network to handle its $100

million-plus global account and the agency has teamed up with DDB for

the ongoing pitch while its rival roster shop 180 has linked with

TBWA.

A year ago, the agency put in place a management restructure that left

the UK office in the care of four newly named creative directors and two

new joint managing directors, Justin Bairamian and Colin Clarke. The

shake-up brought new roles for Delaney and Haines, who swapped job

titles.

Haines succeeded HHCL's Rupert Howell this year as the president of the

Institute of Practitioners in Advertising and has embarked on an

energetic reform of the body to help improve communications between the creative community and the IPA.

He is also working with the IPA director-general, Hamish Pringle, in

proposing the creation of a "supergroup" trade body to become the voice

of Britain's entire communications industry (Campaign, last week).

The IPA's constitution stipulates that its president must work for a

member agency, but it contains a clause that there can be a six-month

grace period if a president leaves a job mid-term.

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