Murray shuns WCRS post to assume top account job at BMP

BMP DDB has promoted Jorian Murray, the account director on the Volkswagen account, to head of account management.

BMP DDB has promoted Jorian Murray, the account director on the

Volkswagen account, to head of account management.



The appointment resolves a tussle for Murray, who was offered a senior

role at WCRS to replace Simon Toaldo, its marketing director. Toaldo is

leaving to become the managing director of Rapier Stead & Bowden.

Chris Powell, the chief executive of BMP, said: ’Although the timing has

been brought forward, Jorian was always going to be offered this job. He

has emerged as an excellent role model. If we took a vote across the

agency he would be everyone’s first choice for the post.’

Murray joined BMP in 1992 as an account director on VW and was promoted

to the board in 1993. He started his advertising career at Publicis in

1988, and was promoted to the board in 1990.

Philippa Roberts, an account director, will become Murray’s deputy at

BMP.

Peter Clay, who has been the agency’s head of account management for the

past three years, will become assistant managing director. Powell wants

Clay to broaden his management experience and take a prominent role in

new-business pitches.

Clay said: ’I have created a better balance between the departments and

the strength of account management affects the productivity of the

creative and traffic departments. But it is difficult to be effective as

head of account management for more than three years.’



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