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
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