As the dearth of new business continues to dampen the knitted brow
of many a nervous agency chief, what better way to escape the drought
than a spot of sunshine in the Med.
But while Colin Gottlieb, the chief executive of OMD Europe, was doing
just this in Spain a couple of weeks ago, he had a stark reminder of
what his life could have been if he'd been allowed to follow the calling
of his heart, rather than his wallet.
Minding his own business at the not-too-shabby beach bar of the hotel in
which he was staying, Gottlieb was sipping a brew when the peace was
disturbed by two huge cruisers thundering into the bay.
Who should jump out but none other than Peter Mead, the vice-chairman of
Omnicom. Not alone, mind. "Do you know Eddie?" Mead enquired casually as
he introduced the Formula 1 playboy Eddie Jordan to the starstruck
Gottlieb, who'd always wanted to be a racing driver.
Who says the industry is losing its glamour?