HOTLINE: Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO's board director has quit

Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO's board director, Andy Hopkinson, in charge of the ICI, Highland Distillers and Guinness accounts, has quit the agency after 17 years. His departure comes as the agency makes 14 further redundancies across all disciplines, including three in the planning department. Five other planners are moving to account management and the agency's former planning director, Mia Kennedy, is leaving. The planning department will be reduced from 37 to 26 people.