J. Walter Thompson has promoted Tim Davis, a former chairman of
Young & Rubicam, to be the non-executive chairman for London.
Davis, who has been with JWT since 1991, will work alongside the
agency’s chief executive, Stephen Carter, in an externally focused role.
He will report directly to Chris Jones, the network’s chief
Davis will continue to run the Shell Oil and Unilever accounts globally,
but will also take on local responsibilities including new business.
According to Carter, Davis will devote one day a week to his chairman
Carter said: ’Running a business of this scale on your own is almost
impossible to do. JWT has grown by 20 to 30 per cent over the past two
or three years, so about nine months ago I decided to see if I could
find someone to help me run the company.’
Davis spent 18 years at Y&R, becoming chairman when he was just 35.
However, he quit in 1985 along with the agency’s creative director,
Chris Wilkins, to found Davis Wilkins. In 1991, Omnicom bought Davis
Wilkins and merged it with BMP Business, with Davis joining JWT to run
the Unilever account across Europe.
Davis said: ’It will be an interesting change of pace and a new
challenge. I will be someone Stephen can talk to. It’s probably the last
new position I will take on and it’s a terrific job to sign off on.’
Carter added: ’Tim is a fantastic guy and we have worked closely
together over the past five years, most recently in our joint
stewardship of the Shell business.
’It’s great he has accepted this role. He has deep experience both
nationally and internationally, having run Y&R in the 80s.’