Howe will run London offices of Leo Burnett

Kate Howe, Leo Burnett's deputy managing director, has been

promoted to managing director.

The managing director role at Burnett had been vacant since last spring

when Stephen Whyte was promoted to the chief executive role several

months after the departure of the previous chief executive, Nick


Howe joined Leo Burnett from IMP in 1997, as an account handler on the

Kellogg, Heinz Seafood and McDonald's accounts. She was appointed head

of account management in 1999 and deputy managing director a year


As deputy MD Howe also took responsibility for much of the agency's

marketing activity following the departure of the marketing director,

Clare Durwood, in 2000.

Howe will take on the day-to-day running of Burnett's London office.

She will still be involved in marketing and new business. Burnett had

already strengthened its management team by hiring Elliot Moss as the

head of account management and Sean Kelly as the new- business


Howe said: "The opportunity is that the agency is in the best shape it

has been in a long time and creatively is the best is has ever been and

my objective is to build on this with our clients and in winning new