David Jones, the chief executive of the Lowe Group Europe, is to
replace John Farrell as chairman of the DMB&B Group in the UK.
Jones will officially take over at DMB&B as soon as Farrell assumes his
new role as president of DMB&B North America (Campaign, 7 February). The
changeover is likely to happen next month.
Jones said that during that time he will ’try to get to know people and
learn as much as possible about DMB&B before getting my feet under the
table’. The group consists of DMB&B, the Media Centre, IMP, Manning
Selvage and Lee, DMB&B Financial and DMB&B Design.
He has been at Lowes since September 1993, working largely as a
troubleshooter at Lowe Group companies across Europe. Having spent only
one full week at home in the past six months, said: ’I am looking
forward to getting my teeth into something permanent.’
Before his most recent stint at Lowes, Jones spent two years as the
chief executive of CDP in London, where he fired one third of the staff
in a successful quest to move the agency toward profit.
He said: ’The situation at DMB&B is not remotely similar - it is a
long-established and commercially successful company. My role is to help
build it further and help develop the creative output.’
Jones’s career has almost exclusively been in above-the-line agencies,
but he has had some integrated experience at Lowes with its
below-the-line and sponsorship subsidiaries. He spent ten years at Lowes
as the managing director, chief executive and then deputy chairman of
Lowe International before he moved to CDP.
Farrell commented: ’We are thrilled to have attracted as high a calibre
candidate as David to the role.’ Jones will report to Johan Hofstra, the
newly appointed president of DMB&B Europe.