J. Walter Thompson's global business director on its De Beers
account, David Lamb, is leaving its London office for New York.
Lamb will take on a senior planning role, working closely with Bob
Jeffrey, the president of JWT North America.
"I am going to look at the agencies strategic product - account planning
and intellectual output," Lamb said.
Lamb quit Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO as board account director on its
Sainsbury's business in 1995 and joined JWT to run its prestigious
global De Beers account. Lamb had joined AMV from JWT less than two
years previously to run the Sainsbury's account alongside the deputy
chairman, Adrian Vickers.
Lamb's appointment to the De Beers account (since January named the
Diamond Trading Company), came two months after JWT landed the task,
which consolidated the gem and diamond giant's global account with the
agency. The business is thought to be worth in excess of pounds 35
Carol Potter will replace Lamb as the global business director on the
Diamond Trading Company (DTC) account.
She has been groomed to replace Lamb since last year. "I am really
looking forward to being responsible for DTC," Potter said. "It's an
interesting reflection on the new JWT worldwide management. This has
been boldly planned."
Her promotion also means that she will be the first woman to sit on the
agency's worldwide executive group.
Lamb was promoted to the London board in 1990 with six other colleagues,
including creative director Jasper Shelbourne, to replace directors who
left to join the then recently established JWT Europe office.
Lamb's career started in 1984 as a graduate trainee at JWT London. In
1986, he moved to JWT Toronto, where he worked as an account supervisor
on Lever Brothers. He returned to JWT London in 1987, eventually
becoming director-in-charge on the entire Kellogg's business.