Eccleshare exits APL after merger

William Eccleshare, chairman of Ammirati Puris Lintas London and regional president of northern Europe, is leaving the agency following its merger with Lowe Howard-Spink this month.

Eccleshare was informed last Friday by Vincent Lubrano, financial

director of the new network, that there was no job for him in the merged

London office. Gerald Kreinczes, deputy chairman of APL, Steve Rabosky, the worldwide chief creative officer, and Alastair Cook, commercial director, are also understood to have been told they will not be offered a job.

Chris Thomas, chief executive of APL, will move to Lowe Lintas &

Partners.

He will take the role of merger consultant but is expected to be handed

the job of managing director in a few weeks.

Paul Hammersley, Lowe’s managing director, is expected to become chief executive of the merged agency at the same time.

Other members of Lowe’s management are expected to keep their titles:

Paul Weinberger is the chairman, John Lowery is the deputy chairman and Charles Inge is the creative director.

Eccleshare said: "It’s now clear that there is no suitable role for me

within the newly merged Lowe Lintas, so we have agreed an amicable

parting over the next few weeks. I’m immensely proud of what we’ve

achieved at APL - in tough circumstances we’ve created an agency with a

true spirit and unique culture. It was an agency which was, I believe,

on the verge of a real breakthrough."

News of the UK line-up comes as the network announces the management for

the merged US operations.

Lee Garfinkel becomes chairman and chief creative officer for both the

US and New York; Gary Goldsmith will be vice-chairman and executive

creative director for the US and New York; Rob Quish becomes president

in New York; Nancy McNally, formerly executive director of account

services at APL New York, is general manager of New York; and Bruce

Kelley becomes president of the US.

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