Hot in 2019: Top 9 lookalikes

A look back on the best of our industry in 2019.

Sheryl Marjoram and Ulrike Meinhof

The co-founder of far-left militant organisation the Red Army Faction ultimately escaped justice but Marjoram’s promotion to chief executive of McCann London this year was justice delivered.

Michael Frohlich and Michael Stipe

If you believe they put a man on the Moon, then surely you also believe it’s possible to reinvigorate the customer offer by ditching traditional agency silos. Fortunately for Ogilvy, unlike the famously grumpy REM frontman, chief executive Frohlich has the outlook of a genuine Shiny Happy Person.

Simon Cook and Barney Lumsden

Before joining Cannes Lions, where he now works as managing director, Cook worked agency-side. Whether this was at a PR agency and he was the inspiration for Perfect Curve’s Barney Lumsden in W1A, we can only speculate.

Vicky Fox and Brienne of Tarth 

Having previously worked as head of planning at Thinkbox, Fox, chief planning officer at OMD UK, will be very familiar with Game of Thrones sensation and warrior Brienne of Tarth.

Moray MacLennan and Action Man, à  la Moneysupermarket

This camp and diminutive action hero has made a real and lasting impression on advertising. As did the figurine from Mother’s Moneysupermarket campaign of last year. 

Alex Lubar and the Cravendale butler

How nice to see Lubar, who was shipped off to run McCann Asia-Pacific, pop up in a guest appearance as the butler in the latest spot by Wieden & Kennedy for Arla Cravendale.

Steve Vranakis and Wednesday Addams

Vranakis managed to keep his emotions in check when it was announced that he was to be the new chief creative officer of Greece. It’s almost as if he’d borrowed some of Wednesday Addams’ solemnity – although hopefully not her darkness, too.

Stuart Bowden and Jo Swinson

The leader of the Liberal Democrats said that her party’s position on Brexit was to revoke Article 50 in the, admittedly unlikely, event of it winning this month’s general election. But at least it’s a strategy, when compared with the other two main parties, and Wavemaker’s global chief strategy officer Bowden must surely be proud.

Rob Welch and Jason Manford

The Pulse creative director started his career in the postroom while the cheeky Manc comedian’s first job was as a glass collector in a pub. These triumphs of meritocracy should be celebrated.


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