Jones ditches DraftFCB for top Publicis role

Nigel Jones, the president of DraftFCB London, has quit to join Publicis as its UK group chairman and chief executive.

Jones will sit on the Publicis worldwide executive committee alongside Richard Pinder, the chief operating officer of Publicis Worldwide, to whom he will report.

Jones will be responsible for Publicis London, Publicis Modem, Publicis Dialog and Publicis Blueprint. The role, vacated by Tim Lindsay a year ago, has subsequently been handled by Pinder.

At DraftFCB, Jones will be replaced by Enda McCarthy, who joined in February 2006 as the managing director.

Jones, whose career includes high-profile stints at above- and below-the-line agencies, joined FCB in 2006 as its chief executive and was appointed co-president when the agency merged with Draft. He took sole control of the agency when his co-president, John Minnec, returned to the US in February last year.

He started his career at BMP DDB, where he rose to the head of account planning, and founded Jones Mason Barton Antenen in 1999. He became the chief executive of Claydon Heeley when it merged with Jones Mason in 2001.

Pinder said: "Nigel has proven himself in the most demanding environments our business can design."

- Perspective, page 21.


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