Hilary Taylor, a board director and managing partner at Manning Gottlieb Media, is quitting the agency to become second in command to OMD Europe's chief executive, Colin Gottlieb.
Taylor will be the general manager of OMD Europe and will be moving across to the network's temporary headquarters in the Strand in April. Her appointment is Gottlieb's first since he was put in place to lead the relaunch of OMD Europe as an autonomous media network (Campaign, 19 January).
Taylor has worked alongside Gottlieb at Manning Gottlieb for ten years and was originally hired to run the Nike account, which the agency lost at the end of last year.
Taylor said: 'I will spend the first few months helping to put the infrastructure in place and working on getting people to work together in European pitches. It will be 50 per cent inward-focusing.'
Gottlieb, who will also move from Manning Gottlieb into OMD Europe's Strand offices in April, said: 'Hilary is an outstanding talent, she's brilliant with clients, has great common sense and is very astute. I need someone who could become chief executive in time, helping me to glue this whole thing together.'
OMD Europe is to look for larger offices so that its three UK groups, OMD UK, Manning Gottlieb and TAP, can reside within the same building underlining the network's plans to create greater cohesion among its agencies.
Viviane Prat, the former European chairman of OMD, has been made international strategist and non-executive chairman of OMD Europe.