Dragana Hartley, who recently quit as the joint deputy managing director
of Mellors Reay and Partners without a job to go to, has ended her five-
month exile from the advertising business by joining Walsh Trott Chick
She arrives with an as yet unspecified title to run some of the agency’s
newly acquired business, including the Sunday Express, Time Out and the
Principles chain. Hartley will also be involved with new-business
She is the first major hiring by the agency since Amanda Walsh’s arrival
14 months ago from WCRS to spearhead Walsh Trott’s relaunch.
The appointment formalises an ad hoc arrangement under which Hartley had
been working as a freelance for the agency for the last six weeks.
She resigned as the joint deputy managing director and head of client
services at Mellors Reay in December, ending a three-year association
and bringing to a close what is believed to have been a less than happy
time for her since the agency relaunched out of the former Reay Keating
Hamer at the beginning of last year.
Hartley said: ‘Walsh Trott is a ‘bullshit free zone’ where it’s possible
to work with experienced people who know what they’re doing.’
Walsh commented: ‘Dragana fits in with our growth plan of hiring few,
but highly experienced, people to work directly with clients.’
She is not only enthusiastic about advertising but has great strategic
experience and is rewarding to work with.’