Buckingham set to rejoin Brown as top Craik Jones pairing

Mark Buckingham, a creative director of Joshua, has quit to join Craik Jones as half of a senior team with his former partner, Dave Brown.

Mark Buckingham, a creative director of Joshua, has quit to join

Craik Jones as half of a senior team with his former partner, Dave

Brown.



Buckingham and Brown separated in 1995 having worked together at Rapp

since 1990. Buckingham went on to launch Clark McKay Buckingham, now

CMB.



Buckingham’s departure further depletes Joshua, which lost another

creative director, Andy Blackford, earlier this year (Campaign, 2

April). A third, Ivan Palmer, is thought to be moving to a strategic

role within the agency, leaving Andy Ray as the sole creative director.

Ray’s long-time business partner, Stuart Leach, left the agency earlier

this year to join McCann-Erickson.



Simon Kershaw, a creative director of Craik Jones, said: ’Despite all

their experience, Mark and Dave are simply interested in working

together to produce great work. Their coming here is a sign that the

direct marketing industry is maturing, as there are enough clients

around now with big budgets to satisfy senior teams, without them

wanting or needing to run their own agencies.’



Buckingham said: ’Craik Jones has a great pedigree, and focuses on the

product, which sometimes gets diluted in larger agencies.’



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