Duckworth Finn names joint MDs in agency restructure

Duckworth Finn Grubb Waters is setting up two new divisions as part of a restructure, which also sees the agency appointing two joint managing directors.

Duckworth Finn Grubb Waters is setting up two new divisions as part of a restructure, which also sees the agency appointing two joint managing directors.

The former head of account management, Tom Vick, and the head of planning, Hugh Cameron, have been promoted to joint managing directors to allow the chairman, Gary Duckworth, and the chief executive, Michael Finn, to concentrate on the two new divisions.

Finn hinted that one of the new ventures would tackle media planning and buying, but would not be drawn on the other. He said that the decision had sprung from the success of The Foundation, the business consultancy spin-off started in September last year and headed by the former Duckworth Finn managing director, Charlie Dawson.

'The Foundation has done well and we're keen to start two further ventures. Gary is working on one, and I will manage the other,' Finn said.

He stressed, however, that the promotion of Vick and Cameron did not mean that he or Duckworth were moving away from the agency. 'They are an exceptionally talented duo and good team players who will handle the day-to-day running of the agency,' he said.

Vick joined the agency in 1999 from Ogilvy & Mather to run the Daewoo UK account, and was promoted to the board in March last year. Cameron joined from McCann-Erickson last autumn.

The senior planner Gareth Kay has been appointed to the board after his contribution to recent wins, including the BBC and Virgin Travel Store.



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