Ryder plans to quit Leith's London shop with no job to go to

The second of the four partners of Leith London is set to leave the

agency, casting further doubt over the strength of the Scottish agency's

London operation.

Leith Advertising, based in Edinburgh, confirmed that the planning

director, Sarah Ryder, will leave Leith London with no job to move to.

No formal date has been set for Ryder's departure.

The Leith chief executive, John Rowley, said: "It's a very amicable

split. She'll be with us for quite a while yet, I would imagine."

Rowley denied that the news would affect the London office but would not

expand on details of its future. Rowley did, however, state that he was

looking to restaff the London operation. "We will have to look for a new

planning director," he said.

The London operation has failed to make a big impression since launching

in September 2000. It handles work for Carling and has produced a print

campaign for IPC's Marie Claire.

Ryder joined Leith London in May last year. She joined the agency's then

management team consisting of the managing director, Jeremy Pyne, and

the creative directors, Paul Silburn and John Messum.

The news, however, comes as a blow for Leith following Silburn's

defection to TBWA/ London in November.

TBWA poached the creative director Silburn after beating Abbott Mead

Vickers BBDO and Bartle Bogle Hegarty in a race for his signature.

Ryder joined Leith London from Campaign Palace, where she had been

responsible for running the Australian agency's planning department

since September.


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