NEWS: O&M removes Miller from Ford task

David Miller, the ex-Miller and Leeves chairman, and Ogilvy and Mather’s regional client service director on Ford Europe, has been moved off the pounds 250 million account following a top-level reshuffle.

David Miller, the ex-Miller and Leeves chairman, and Ogilvy and Mather’s

regional client service director on Ford Europe, has been moved off the

pounds 250 million account following a top-level reshuffle.



However, O&M has moved quickly to quash speculation that Miller has left

the company, despite the fact that a number of insiders have told

Campaign they have not seen him for some weeks.



Miller is also the chairman of O&M Direct, but it is unclear whether he

will continue in this role. He was appointed to the position last year

in a move which, sources suggest, was designed to strengthen O&M’s

claims on Ford’s lucrative below-the-line account, currently held by

Young and Rubicam’s Wunderman Cato Johnson.



In a statement, O&M confirmed Miller had been shifted off the Ford

account after two years. The agency would not be drawn on his future

role, saying only that his new position was to be announced ‘later’.



Miller’s position on Ford has been taken by Jack Reed, who will report

directly to Kelly O’Dea, the worldwide client service president of O&M,

and Mike Walsh, the agency’s European chief executive. Reed, who has

been with the company for more than 20 years, has been named regional

director, worldwide client service.



For the past two years, he has been based in Europe as worldwide client

service director on Kraft.



Miller joined O&M in 1994 to head the Ford Europe account as part of a

top management restructure, having been lured to the role by O’Dea.

Before that, he was chairman of his own company, Miller and Leeves, but

left in 1992 when the agency was sold to BDDP.



Miller’s previous roles have included a stint at Young and Rubicam as

managing director.



Miller and O’Dea were unavailable for comment as Campaign went to press.



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