Hugh Burkitt takes managing director post at Philip Gould

Hugh Burkitt, the former chairman of Burkitt DDB, has become the managing director of the company run by Philip Gould, the former adman who is Tony Blair's personal pollster.

Burkitt, who gave Gould his first job in advertising in 1975 at Wasey Campbell-Ewald, left his agency last October. He dropped plans to set up a consultancy when Gould offered him the task of developing the commercial side of his polling and strategy business.

Burkitt said: "I have always admired Philip's political strategy, and I am excited by the possibilities of applying his experience of top-level strategy to more businesses."

Philip Gould Associates, which has worked for Labour since 1985, has also acted as strategic advisor to a list of blue-chip clients including BP, Coca-Cola and the European Commission.

Gould said: "As corporations become more powerful, they also become more vulnerable. Our role is to work with chief executives to develop a long-term strategy that enhances the company's reputation with all its stakeholders."

He added: "Philip Gould Associates has now grown to a point where I need a partner to help me run the business. Hugh ran his own agency for many years and has a deep understanding of corporate strategy and communications."