JWT has poached Russell Ramsey, the Bartle Bogle Hegarty deputy executive creative director, to fill the vacant post of executive creative director at its London office.
Ramsey, who has been at BBH for 17 years, will start at JWT in September. The agency has been without a creative chief in its London office since Nick Bell was ousted in January after a troubled year of account losses.
Ramsey joins Alison Burns, the chief executive, and the global planning director, Guy Murphy, who has assumed the London duties of the outgoing planning director, Hugh Duthie, on the JWT senior management team. Burns and Murphy are former colleagues of Ramsey at BBH.
Ramsey said: "I've had a brilliant time at BBH, but it's time for a new challenge."
Burns added: "This partnership is the most important there is in leading any agency, and I've taken my time to find someone who I'm really committed to working with, and Russell is the perfect candidate."
Ramsey, an art director, began his career at Saatchi & Saatchi, before he joined BBH's ranks with his copywriter, John O'Keeffe, in 1990. Ramsey became the lead creative on a number of accounts, and was also the creative director behind the agency's "bull" spot for Audi and "twist" for Levi's.
Ramsey has been closely linked with a number of similar roles in recent years, including posts at WCRS and Euro RSCG London.
O'Keeffe said: "Russell has been a part of BBH for 17 years. He has contributed to some of the agency's most-awarded work. His decision to move on is a sad one for us, but a natural one for him.
"I'd like to thank him for his contribution over many years. JWT is lucky to have him."