Highbury refugee MacKenzie resurfaces at Media Square

LONDON - Kelvin MacKenzie, who left his post as executive chairman of publisher Highbury House a month ago, has landed a new role as non-executive chairman of marketing services group Media Square.

The former Sun editor and TalkSport chief executive will help steer the fortunes of a recently expanded Media Square. The group, which owns the Dynamo sales promotion agency, expanded last year when it bought a number of companies from PR group Huntsworth in November.

The announcement of MacKenzie's appointment coincided with Media Square's results to October 31 2005. Its sales trebled to £61.6m and profit rose from £1.4m to £3.6m.

Media Square has 1,700 employees globally and owns businesses such as Incepta Marketing Intelligence, design agency Holmes & Marchant, Incepta Online, JKD Communications, Citigate Hudson and Citigate MarchCom and sponsorship agencies Redmandarin.

Along with the agencies bought from Huntsworth, Media Square also owns direct marketing agency Clark McKay & Walpole; business-to-business ad agency IAS; interactive shop Arnold Interactive; and retail marketing services agency Fourninety.

Highbury collapsed under the weight of its estimated £27m debts last Friday, when it went into administration.

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