John Wringe is leaving Publicis after just 15 months as its client
services director and managing partner.
Wringe, 40, joined Publicis after 18 years at Cogent, where he was
latterly group managing director. He is understood to be making the move
in order to return to a more senior position at a smaller agency.
Wringe, who handed in his notice last month, leaves at the end of May
and will be replaced internally. Rick Bendel, chairman of Publicis,
said: ’John has fabulous interpersonal skills and enjoys running teams
of people. I think he would be of real value to any medium-sized agency
looking for a managing director.’
Wringe was unavailable for comment as Campaign went to press.
He originally joined Publicis in February 1997 to spearhead new business
and share control of the agency’s pounds 20 million Asda account with
He was Publicis’s first dedicated new-business director since Mark
Robinson left in 1996. Wringe was promoted to client services director
three months later, after Douglas Thursby-Pelham’s move to Clark &
He helped restructure the account handling department, bringing in 12
people while in his new position. His responsibilities have also
included supervising the Whitehall Laboratories account and helping to
run Halfords before it left the agency earlier this year.
Wringe began his career as a graduate trainee at Cogent in 1978 and
moved to London with Paul Simons in 1985 to establish the agency’s
offices in the capital. In 1996, he oversaw the group’s return to the
Midlands and closed down the London operation.
He is now believed to be talking to a number of smaller shops about a
new role, in a bid to return to the kind of business in which he has
spent most of his career.
Wringe is the second high-level departure from Publicis in the past two
months. The managing partner, Joanna Baldwin, left in April to become
new-business director of Bates Europe.