Farrell quits UK to run DMB&B in US

John Farrell, the chairman of the DMB&B group in London, is leaving the UK to become president of DMB&B North America. He will move to the company’s US headquarters in May.

John Farrell, the chairman of the DMB&B group in London, is leaving the

UK to become president of DMB&B North America. He will move to the

company’s US headquarters in May.



His UK successor will be announced in the next four weeks and will work

in parallel with Farrell during a handover period, before assuming full

responsibility for the UK group. Two candidates, both thought to be from

outside the group, have already been shortlisted.



Farrell’s move is part of a wider restructure in which Arthur Selkowitz,

the current president of DMB&B North America, will replace Roy Bostock

as the chairman and chief executive of DMB&B Worldwide. Bostock moves up

to become the chairman and chief executive of the agency’s holding

company, the MacManus Group.



Johan Hofstra, the regional managing director for northern Europe, will

become president of DMB&B Europe, replacing Jean Jabes, who died earlier

this year.



Farrell, who will be based in New York, said: ’It is very pleasing to be

offered a challenge like this, and it is a positive reflection on the

performance of the UK group.’



Farrell, 39, became group chairman two years ago in a controversial move

instigated by DMB&B’s US chiefs. His elevation split apart one of

British advertising’s most enduring partnerships, Graham Hinton and Tony

Douglas, who both subsequently left the agency.



Until his promotion, Farrell had been the president of DMB&B’s sales

promotion subsidiary, IMP, and was appointed group chairman over the

heads of Douglas and Hinton, the agency’s joint chairmen. Douglas was

offered ’early retirement’ immediately, while Hinton worked out six

months’ notice before quitting.



When he became group chairman, Farrell set out his vision for DMB&B to

become ’the pre-eminent communications group in the UK’, and led the

move of all the group’s companies into one London office.



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