Michael Tack loses two-year battle with cancer at age of 49

Michael Tack, the former client services director of Leagas Delaney, died last Saturday at the age of 49.

Michael Tack, the former client services director of Leagas

Delaney, died last Saturday at the age of 49.

Tack was highly regarded for his ability to hold clients’ hands when

they were presented with brave creative work and was responsible for

persuading advertisers to approve challenging campaigns, such as

’Firips’, the award-winning radio campaign for Philips, developed by

Leagas Delaney.

Tack died in hospital following a two-year fight against cancer. He

leaves behind his wife, Valerie, and daughters, Laura and Ellie.

Simon Jones, deputy chairman at Interbrand Newell & Sorrell, worked with

Tack at Leagas Delaney. ’He had more integrity per square inch than

anyone I’ve ever met. He was totally unflashy and only spoke when he had

something proper to say, which is why clients trusted him,’ Jones


’He was unequivocally the most decent bloke I have ever worked with. His

sheer integrity won everybody over. He was extraordinarily efficient and

quite old-school in his way of doing everything properly,’ Jerry

Fielder, chairman of Leagas Delaney, said.

Tack began his career as a graduate trainee at Benton & Bowles in the

70s. From there, he went to French Gold Abbott and then moved to Leagas

Delaney, before joining Collett Dickenson Pearce. He returned to Leagas

Delaney and then moved to McBain Noel Johnson, which became the Open

Agency last year.

All are welcome to attend the funeral at St Mary’s Church, Wimbledon, on

Saturday, 4 December at 12.30pm. The family has requested that friends

do not send flowers but instead make a donation to a cancer charity of

their choice.


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