Malcolm Miles, the former chairman of McCann-Erickson London, has
died at the age of 51 after a year-long battle against cancer.
His death last Thursday at a hospice near his home in Surrey followed an
extensive course of chemotherapy, which he had been undergoing since he
stopped working three months ago.
At the time, he had been running the McCanns operations in Eastern
Europe and the Middle East and had played a key role in establishing new
agencies in the former Iron Curtain countries.
David Warden, the McCann UK chairman, this week described Miles as ’a
true gentleman of the old school who would walk through walls for his
Miles was a long-term McCann staffer, having joined the network in
He was client services director of the London agency and became managing
director in 1985.
In a management reshuffle in the summer of 1988 he was promoted to UK
chairman with responsibility for managing eight regional McCann
The following year, he took on extra responsibilities in the newly
created post of head of McCann Direct Europe. He was appointed to a new
worldwide management board in January 1995.
Miles was a member of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising’s
council from 1989 to 1996 and chairman of its membership committee.
’Malcolm was one of the few people who knew the London and regional
agency scenes equally well and was a pivotal player for us,’ Nick
Phillips, the IPA’s director general, said.
A private funeral will be followed by a memorial service within the next