Hugh Derrick, Wieden & Kennedy’s managing director, has resigned,
becoming the latest in a long line of high-profile departures from the
Derrick, who joined the agency less than a year ago and described his
time there as ’difficult’, left without a job to go to.
A UK search is already underway for a replacement with an announcement
expected in the next two weeks. In the meantime, Danielle Crooke, W&K’s
head of account management, and John Shaw, its planning director, will
take over Derrick’s responsibilities. Dave Luhr, partner and chief
operating officer at W&K in Portland, will now be spending more time in
’Wieden’s is a private organisation with very strong principles about
its creative leadership. It has never managed to find a team that can
gel to do that. It was a job that I thoroughly enjoyed doing but it was
extremely difficult,’ Derrick said.
Derrick’s departure follows that of Mike Perry, his predecessor, who was
in the post just ten months. The agency has also lost two creative
directors since it opened its doors just two years ago. Nick Gill, the
agency’s original joint creative director, quit last year to join Bartle
Bogle Hegarty, while Adam Kean resigned last April after just six months
in the job. Alison Hoad, the original planning director, left for Lowe
Lintas & Partners and Rob Foreshaw, a client services director, resigned
in July last year.
Luhr denied rumours that W&K has any plans to close its London
’We remain committed to the London market,’ Luhr said.