Ryan leaves Saatchis to become a director

The veteran Saatchi & Saatchi art director Matt Ryan is leaving the

agency after 16 years to direct full-time for the production company


Ryan, currently the creative director at Saatchis, working with John

Pallant, has not set a departure date, but said he would start working

on Spectre projects as soon as possible.

He denied his departure was a result of a wider restructuring within the

agency: "I have been talking to Spectre for months about a move there -

directing is something I should have done years ago."

Ryan has already directed work for some of Saatchis' campaigns - most

recently the Ricky Tomlinson spot for Mr Kipling. He is also involved in

shooting a TV campaign for a Saatchis client in New Zealand.

"Saatchis has seen lots of change in the time since I joined," he


"But one thing doesn't change - it's a full-blown creative agency and

retains that expertise."

"Spectre has a very modern and fresh approach and, apart from having the

cutting edge, I know many of those who work there," he added.

Ryan joined Saatchis in 1986, working on campaigns including the

National Lottery, Castlemaine XXXX and XFM. He had a stint running the

art department last year following the departure of the then art

director Alex Taylor to Paul Weiland Films.

Saatchi's executive creative director Dave Droga said: "Matt has

contributed a great deal, but his move is a natural progression. If he

has as much impact directing as he did as a creative, he's set for