McCann’s financial chief, Ron Rimmer, dies of cancer at 64

Ron Rimmer, the financial director of McCann-Erickson in London from 1983 until his retirement eight years ago, has died of cancer aged 64.

Ron Rimmer, the financial director of McCann-Erickson in London

from 1983 until his retirement eight years ago, has died of cancer aged

64.



Rimmer’s place in advertising history was assured when he became the

unwitting catalyst of the merger between Saatchi & Saatchi and

Garland-Compton. He was Garland-Compton’s managing director in the

mid-70s when Maurice Saatchi asked him to join his fledgling operation

as business manager.



Rimmer alerted his chairman, Ken Gill, about the approach, and helped

secure a reverse takeover of Garland-Compton and the transformation of

Saatchis into a major UK agency. Ironically, Rimmer resigned from the

agency soon after.



John Bradbury, executive vice-president of McCann Worldwide, who worked

with Rimmer, said: ’Ron was absolutely straightforward and honest, and

brought the kind of good operational management to McCann which hadn’t

always been there.’ He is survived by his wife and son.



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