Mandy Pooler, the chief executive of MindShare UK, is to step down from her full-time role to seek a part-time position within MindShare's parent company, WPP.
Pooler, who has headed MindShare since its launch in 1998 and overseen its growth into the fifth-largest media agency (according to MMS billings ending in September), is keen to spend more time with her family.
It is understood that she will cease to be the chief executive within the next three months, and will be replaced by Simon Rees, who is MindShare's managing director.
A replacement will be sought for Rees's managing director role, but it is unlikely that the expected appointment will be imminent.
Pooler is believed to have discussed with WPP the possibility of taking on a role co-ordinating the pounds 60 million Boots account, which was recently centralised into WPP. Sources also say that she has looked into the possibility of taking on a role that would help to bring WPP's research companies closer together, a strategy already being discussed in WPP.
Pooler refused to comment on her future plans, but said: 'I am extremely happy with WPP and have no desire to leave.' Pooler has no intention of leaving WPP and is in talks with the company about a future role.
She has worked within the WPP group for the majority of her career. She first joined Ogilvy & Mather as a media planner in 1982 and steadily progressed through the agency, becoming the managing director of O&M Media in 1994 before rebranding it as The Network.