Diary: Harris leaves adland buzz for bee-keeping

Advertising is a young person's business. We all know that. Half of those working in agencies are under 30 and if you have managed to survive longer, you are very clever, very good or Teflon-coated.

So hearty congratulations to Terry Harris, who has confounded all the theories. Harris has just chucked in his job as an art director at Publicis.

Nothing particularly unusual in that. It's just that Harris happens to be 69 and has worked in advertising for 53 years.

Of course, it was all very different when he started out in 1951. That's 17 years before the Publicis executive creative director, Nik Studzinski, was born. His first job was at the London Press Exchange, long before it evolved into the UK office of Leo Burnett. His national service was spent in the jungles of Malaysia (ideal preparation for surviving the innumerable regime changes at Baker Street, according to his friends).

Gerry Moira, Publicis' former creative chief, remembers Harris as someone who "just got on with it and kept his head down". Just as well, really, since Harris is going off to pursue one of his passions: bee-keeping.


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