JWT promotes Tim Davis to chairman of London

J. Walter Thompson has promoted Tim Davis, a former chairman of Young & Rubicam, to be the non-executive chairman for London.

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

executive.



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

role.



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.’



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