- Simon Derungs, who runs the Co-operative Bank and BT business at Partners BDDH, is quitting the agency to take charge of more the £30 million worth of accounts at M&C Saatchi.
As one of five group account directors, he will have responsibility for the agency's Whiskas, Pfizer, Shell, Millennium, Packard Bell, and Sainsbury's Bank business.
Derungs, 33, will begin his new job at the end of next month, ending a three year stint at BDDH.
"BDDH is a very good agency but it's ranked 32nd while M&C Saatchi is number eight," he said. "I'm leaving to join the Premier League. It's such an exciting opportunity."
Derungs fills a gap in M&C Saatchi's second tier management created by the recent departure of Rob Forshaw for Wieden & Kennedy and Zoe Osmond, who is on maternity leave. He will report to the agency's joint chief executives, Nick Hurell and Moray MacLennan.
Derungs began his career as a graduate trainee at Dorland Advertising in 1986. Two years later he switched to GGT, working on the Nationwide building society, Post Office Counters, and Taunton cider.
He had a brief spell at the now defunct Woollams Moira Gaskin O'Malley, where he handled Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries, a client which later followed him into BDDH.
MacLennan, who picked Derungs ahead of 10 other candidates, said: "We were looking for somebody who can not only handle clients' business but create the right internal environment which gets people working at their best. Simon is the right fit for the place."