Derrick quits as W&K’s London chief

Hugh Derrick, Wieden & Kennedy’s managing director, has resigned, becoming the latest in a long line of high-profile departures from the agency.

Hugh Derrick, Wieden & Kennedy’s managing director, has resigned,

becoming the latest in a long line of high-profile departures from the

agency.



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

the UK.



’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

operation.



’We remain committed to the London market,’ Luhr said.



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