Mason joins HHM to take on chairman's role

Ed Mason, the former chief executive of Claydon Heeley Jones Mason,

is joining the London-based agency HHM as chairman.

Mason, who left Claydon Heeley earlier this year, will work on

developing ideas for HHM's current and future direction. HHM, launched

six years ago as a direct marketing agency, now works across

advertising, sales promotion, direct marketing and online.

David McCann, HHM's founder and chairman, is to move to the role of

managing director to focus on the day-to-day running, new business and

client servicing of the agency.

Mason's role will be to work on strategic development as the agency

attempts to grow from its current staff of 58 to 100.

Mason was a founder of BMP DDB and Claydon Heeley's joint venture, Jones

Mason Barton Antenen, in 1999 before returning to Claydon Heeley when

the two agencies were merged. Before launching Jones Mason he was

managing director of Claydon Heeley.

HHM has clients such as Seagram, Norwich Union, BTopenworld and


Earlier this year it launched an interactive division, HHM>Interactive,

after acquiring the digital agency Creative IT.

Mason said: "I've been seduced by the open-mindedness and track record

of the management team at HHM - they have already built an agency of

considerable size. Their energy and willingness to challenge

conventional wisdom inspires me like Claydon Heeley did at a similar

stage in its development."

Omaid Hiwaizi, executive creative director at HHM, said: "We have hired

a leading light, somebody who can push things. Ed will bring a mixture

of flair and function to the agency."


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