Lowe hires Edwards for top UK job

Lowe Lintas & Partners Europe has lured The Henley Centre's

chairman and chief executive, Paul Edwards, to become the London

agency's new group chief executive.



The newly appointed chief executive, Chris Thomas, will report to

Edwards, whose brief is to develop business across its specialist areas

as well as to broaden the current group offering.



Tim Lindsay, the president of Lowe Lintas & Partners Europe, said: 'Paul

will broaden our communications portfolio. Corporate identity and design

are possibilities, sales promotion as well - but we haven't acquired a

business in this area yet, and digital. These are the main areas, but

there are other opportunities.'



Lindsay added: 'Paul is a friend and an ex-colleague, and I can say with

absolute certainty that his unique combination of skills and experience

will be of immense benefit to us.' Edwards will report to Lindsay.



Edwards resigned from the WPP-owned The Henley Centre on Tuesday, but

his start date has yet to be confirmed. His career began in 1978 at the

Research Bureau. After spells at Smith & Nephew and Pedigree Petfoods he

joined Bartle Bogle Hegarty in 1986 as the deputy head of planning.



He became head of planning at Young & Rubicam and then Still Price

Lintas.



He became chairman and chief executive at The Henley Centre in 1997.



Campaign broke the news in March that the then chief executive, Paul

Hammersley, was to run Lowe Lintas & Partners North America from New

York.



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