NEWS: GGT picks Duncan for two-year-old vacancy

GGT Advertising has finally filled the gap created by the departure two years ago of its managing director, Jim Kelly, by promoting Grant Duncan, joint deputy managing director since 1993.

GGT Advertising has finally filled the gap created by the departure two

years ago of its managing director, Jim Kelly, by promoting Grant

Duncan, joint deputy managing director since 1993.



The move frees Bryn Butler, the joint chief executive of the GGT

subsidiary, BDH, to return to Manchester after a year as caretaker

managing director. It also leaves Rosie Doggett, the other joint deputy

managing director, redundant.



‘Grant is the right person for the job,’ Jan Hall, European chief

executive of the GGT Group, said. ‘I think people feel that for the last

year GGT has made good progress, but there has been a question mark over

who will lead the agency long term.’



Duncan, 37, joined GGT two years ago from Collett Dickenson Pearce,

where he was head of client services. His arrival coincided with Kelly’s

departure. At the same time, Dick Butler was promoted from deputy

managing director to deputy chairman, and the chairman, Mike Greenlees,

signalled an intention to become more involved in the day-to-day running

of the agency.



In October last year, Doggett was promoted from head of account

management to joint deputy managing director and Duncan was made joint

deputy managing director for Europe, reporting to Hall. Duncan kept

responsibility for account management in London, and Doggett was

responsible for some client handling and for business development.



Duncan said his new task was to re-emphasise the agency’s strong

creative reputation while maintaining all-round stability. ‘We need to

achieve a greater focus regarding how the outside world sees GGT,’ he

said. ‘It was set up by entrepreneurs who combined real business skills

and tremendous creative talent. I want to revisit that but with a 90s

concept.’



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