Downing set to rejoin Jones at M&C Saatchi

M&C Saatchi has hired two former senior account men on Renault to take charge of its newly acquired pounds 40 million Rover business in the UK.

M&C Saatchi has hired two former senior account men on Renault to

take charge of its newly acquired pounds 40 million Rover business in

the UK.



Clive Jones, who was director in charge of Renault at Publicis until his

departure on Friday, will run the account in tandem with Dave Downing, a

group planning director at Young & Rubicam.



One of their first tasks will be to appoint up to four account handlers

to form the basis of an ’agency within an agency’ being set up by M&C

Saatchi after being awarded Rover’s UK creative assignment in

September.



The appointments renew a working relationship between Jones and Downing,

who both handled Renault business at Publicis.



Moray MacLennan, M&C Saatchi’s joint chief executive, knew Downing as a

board planning director at Saatchi & Saatchi when both worked on

Gallaher and Gillette business.



’Dave was an excellent planner then and he has since worked on Renault

and Ford so he was an obvious choice,’ MacLennan said.



Downing, who began his agency career at Saatchis 17 years ago, described

the job offer as ’really too good to miss’. He said: ’It gives me the

opportunity to join an agency I admire and whose culture I understand,

to work with people I know and respect and on a very high-profile

account.’



Jones’s arrival ends a nine- year spell at Publicis. MacLennan said:

’It’s very hard to get somebody like Clive who doesn’t only have the

experience but is good at keeping several balls in the air at once.’



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