Gavin Jones joins Saatchis as first comms planning specialist

Saatchi & Saatchi has boosted its planning department with the appointment of Gavin Jones as its first UK communications planning specialist.

Jones: joining Saatchis as communications strategy director
Jones: joining Saatchis as communications strategy director

Jones, who joins as the communications strategy director, was previously the communications planning director at Engine Strategy. He will report to Richard Huntington, the Saatchi & Saatchi director of strategy.

Jones will offer communications planning expertise to existing and prospective UK clients. He will work alongside Andrzej Moyseowicz, the director of media and innovations for Saatchi & Saatchi EMEA, to develop the agency's communications planning offering for UK clients.

At Engine, and before that at Edwards Groom Saunders where he worked as a strategic planner, Jones developed integrated communications strategies for clients including Nando's, Rightmove, Gala Bingo and Coral. Before that, he was an account director for communications planning at Mindshare UK.

Saatchi & Saatchi has also appointed Neal Fairfield as the international planning director on Lurpak. Fairfield joins from Saatchi & Saatchi Sydney. Faraaz Marghoob, a planning director at Saatchi & Saatchi London, has been promoted to the new role of director of digital strategy.

Huntington said: "These appointments are part of our commitment to deliver better brand strategies and more powerful and creative ideas."