Steve Dunn, Lowe Howard-Spink’s high-profile head of art, is
planning to quit early next year after three years at the agency.
Dunn, 37, whose contract comes up for renewal in February, is
considering his options. He said: ’I am very happy just now, but I need
a challenge and three years in one job is quite a long time.’
His decision to quit is thought to have been prompted by his desire to
work again as a creative director. He was formerly a creative director
of the US hotshop, Wieden & Kennedy, and was the deputy creative
director and partner of Tim Delaney at Leagas Delaney.
Dunn was most recently involved in the successful pitch for Diesel’s
pan-European advertising account. Lowes won the business after a final
head-to-head against GGT last month (Campaign, 26 September).
Tim Lindsay, Lowes’ chief executive, said: ’Someone of Steve’s talent is
often given things to consider. As far as we are concerned he has done,
and continues to do, a fantastic job.’
Dunn joined Lowes on a trial basis in 1994 after citing personal reasons
for leaving his job as creative director on Wieden & Kennedy’s flagship
Nike account. He was appointed head of art in April 1995 with a brief to
beef up Lowes’ print output. He replaced David Christensen, head of art
for more than a decade, who switched to an international role for the
European arm of the Lowe Group. Since Dunn took over the job, the agency
has won three pencils at D&AD for its Olympus print work.
While at Wieden & Kennedy, Dunn was one of five creative directors based
at the agency’s Portland, Oregon, office working on some of its most
famous accounts. For a while he partnered Dan Wieden, the agency’s
president and chairman.
Dunn worked at Leagas Delaney from 1982, partnering John Bedford. He
moved briefly to Collett Dickenson Pearce in 1986 but returned after
just five months to partner Delaney. The pair worked together on award-
winning campaigns such as those for Nationwide, Mothercare and
Dunn studied graphic design at Newcastle College of Art. He started
working in the ad industry at Boase Massimi Pollitt, having been hired
by Dave Trott.
He stayed there until 1982 when he moved to Leagas Delaney.