Justin Hicklin, the client services director of Carlson, has left
the company in acrimonious circumstances to be a partner to Philip Slade
in a start-up agency (Campaign, 13 March).
Matthew Brown, also from Carlson, will complete the trio heading up the
new agency, which is called Hicklin Slade & Partners. Brown was group
account director for BT at Carlson. A fourth partner is expected to come
on board in the next two months and the staff compliment is expected to
rise to seven this year.
Hicklin, who had been at Carlson for eight years and worked on accounts
including BT, United Distillers UK and Buena Vista Home Entertainment
UK, declined to comment on the circumstances of his departure. But a
spokesperson for Carlson commented: ’Inevitably, in these particular
circumstances, contractual issues do arise which we must address.’
Hicklin Slade has opened its doors with four clients and total billings
of pounds 1.5 million in the first year, according to Slade.
These are said to include a telecoms company, an entertainment group and
a drinks client.