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